Nov. 12, 2015
WASHINGTON - The nationally-ranked Georgetown cross country programs will both travel to the 2015 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, hosted by Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., on Friday. The No. 15 Georgetown men’s team is the reigning BIG EAST Cross Country champion, winning its seventh title in program history less than two weeks ago. The women, tabbed No. 14 in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll, finished second behind No. 4 Providence at the conference championships.
“The men are well prepared for the regional meet tomorrow,” Men’s Distance Coach Brandon Bonsey said. “We’ve trained all year with these two 10ks in November as the goal. We will try to run together as a team and try to run a really good last 3,000 meters. The training has been really good since the BIG EAST meet and we are excited to line up at Princeton tomorrow and run a great team race.”
The men’s team has been led by Jonathan Green (Berlin, Mass./Saint John’s HS) all season, the BIG EAST runner-up in the individual race and a sixth-place finisher at the stacked pre-national meet.
“Both teams are really excited to compete,” Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Michael Smith said. “This is the first step into the NCAA meet with both teams looking for top-two finishes. We are looking forward to a race where we will have more ability to control the movement of the race.”
The women will focus on a continued team effort with the squad looking to run together and support each other for the majority of the race. With consistency throughout the lineup, the Hoyas will look to All-American Andrea Keklak (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury/Princeton) to lead the team with a mix of teammates to back her up.
The Blue & Gray has relied on less familiar names for the remaining point scorers as the 2015 squad is relatively inexperienced with freshman Audrey Belf (Birmingham, Mich./Earnest W. Seaholm) and sophomore Autumn Eastman (Hinesburg, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) making an early impact on the team. Others making their mark on the cross country season are middle distance specialists Heather Martin (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius), Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant), as well as distance veteran Haley Pierce (Wilmington, Del./Tatnall School).
The women’s 6,000-meter race is scheduled for noon on Princeton’s West Windsor Cross Country Course while the men’s 10,000-meter race will start at 1 p.m.