TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Georgetown University men's cross country team arrived in Terre Haute, Ind., on Thursday afternoon to compete in the 2016 NCAA Cross Country Championships, hosted by Indiana State University at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course. This is the 12th time since 2002 that the Sycamores have played host to the national championship meet. The race, slated for noon ET on Saturday, November 19, will be streamed live on FloTrack.com, with access provided via a FloPro subscription.
The Georgetown men enter the championships winning both the BIG EAST Championships and the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Championship, both for the second-consecutive year.
"The men are well prepared for Saturday's race," Head Men's Cross Country Coach Brandon Bonsey said. "The training all year has been geared toward the postseason and I expect them to execute their plan and give great effort. The group looks really good in practice and they are coming off two-straight wins. All seven guys racing are ready to be tough and run good team races."
The Hoyas have looked to Scott Carpenter (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) to provide the low stick all season and he has certainly stepped into the unfamiliar role. A track & field All-American in the steeplechase, Carpenter had a breakout cross country season as he won the individual crown at the Paul Short Run and followed up with a top-15 performance at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, an elite meet that brought 19 ranked teams to America's Dairyland. For his efforts this season, Carpenter has twice been named the BIG EAST Men's Cross County Athlete of the Week. The senior has turned in a pair of second-place performances this postseason, both to 2015 NCAA runner-up Patrick Tiernan of Villanova.
While Carpenter has consistently been the low stick for the Blue & Gray, the depth of the Georgetown roster has left the remaining point scorers up in the air. The Hoyas have yet to have the same quintet of scorers this season with appearances from seasoned veterans like Michael Lederhouse (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West), Amos Bartelsmeyer (St. Louis, Mo./Saint Louis Country Day School) and Christian Alvarado (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield College Prep) in addition to newcomers Michael Clevenger (Decatur, Ill./Douglas MacArthur/Notre Dame), Matthew Bouthillette (North Providence, R.I./La Salle Academy) and Jack Van Scoter (Pasadena, Calif./Flintridge Prep).
The Hoyas look to make an impact on the distance world like they did in 2015, returning to the top 10 in the team race for the first time since 2008 when GU also finished 10th.