Nov. 16, 2011
WASHINGTON - Following the announcement of 12 student-athletes being named to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Region Team, Georgetown has more cause for celebration as Patrick Henner, the Director of Track & Field and Cross Country is the recipient of the 2011 Harry Groves Award, honoring the Mid-Atlantic Region Men's Coach of the Year. The announcement comes just one day after the Hoya men re-entered the national polls with a season-high ranking at No. 15 after dropping out as of the October 18 polls.
"It is really Coach Banks who deserves the Coach of the year award," Henner said. "On a day-to-day basis he has directed the cross country practices, developed the race plans, and trained the team to follow those plans. So this award goes to Coach Banks and the Hoya runners who actually did the racing."
This season marked the seventh time in eight years that the Georgetown men's cross team has won the Mid-Atlantic Region Championship with the lone absence occurring in 2010. Georgetown won the meet with 47 points over runner-up and fellow BIG EAST Conference opponent Villanova (63). With four runners in the top eight, the Hoyas stuck with the program set up by Henner and Men's Cross Country Coach Michael Banks to hang back as a team and chase the field over the final 3,000 meters of the 10,000-meter race.
The men's team depended heavily on graduate student Alex Lundy (Littleton, Colo./Heritage/Maryland) and Mark Dennin (Gilberstville, Pa./Boyerstown), the two top finishers while Andrew Springer (Westerly, R.I./Westerly), T.C. Lumbar (Edina, Minn./Edina) and Bobby Peavey (Virginia Beach, Virginia/Kellam) rounded out the scorers for the Blue & Gray. All five made the All-Region Team.
The Hoyas will next travel to the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, held on Monday, November 21 at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course located at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind., hosted by Indiana State University. The men's race will begin at approximately 12:08 p.m. ET followed by the women's race at approximately 12:58 p.m. A live webcast of the championships will be broadcast from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET on NCAA.com.