Nov. 19, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown cross country program left Friday afternoon for Indiana, for the NCAA Cross Country Championships held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course held at the Wabash Valley Sports Family Center in Terre Haute, Ind., hosted by Indiana State University. The Championships are scheduled for Monday, November 21 with the men's race starting at 12:08 p.m., followed by the women's race at 12:58 p.m.
The Hoya women, tabbed fourth in the country by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) come off a weekend that saw the Blue & Gray tie for the Mid-Atlantic Region Championship with 2010 National Champion Villanova, both tallying 57 points in the 29-team field. All-Americans Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) and Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass./Bromfield) led the team with second- and ninth-place finishes, respectively. The Georgetown women were one of two teams along with Florida State to put all seven competitors on the USTFCCCA All-Region Team, honoring the top-25 finishers from all nine regions.
The 15th-ranked men's team put five student-athletes on the All-Region Team including Alex Lundy (Littleton, Colo./Heritage/Maryland) and Mark Dennin (Gilbertsville, Md./Boyerstown) who finished third and sixth, respectively, followed by Andrew Springer (Westerly, R.I./Westerly) in seventh and T.C. Lumbar (Edina, Minn./Edina) in eighth. With four competitors in the top eight, GU's Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Patrick Henner was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year for his efforts. Though Henner was the recipient of the Harry Groves Award, he attributed the honor to Men's Cross Country Coach Michael Banks in addition to the runners. Banks was integral in the planning of practice and competitive strategy throughout the season and will continue that role at the NCAA Championships on Monday.
Following a week that saw 12 student-athletes earn a spot on the USTFCCCA All-Region Team as well as the men's cross country coaching staff receiving the Harry Groves Award, the Hoyas head to Terre Haute on a high note ready to take on the most elite competition in the country.
At the 2010 NCAA Championships, Infeld had a breakout performance where she finished second behind Villanova's Sheila Reid with a mere 2.3 seconds separating the two, the smallest margin of victory in championship history. Infeld's performance led the Blue & Gray to a fourth-place finish in 2010.
The NCAA Championship will be held on Monday, November 21 at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course located at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind. 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., on NCAA.com.