WASHINGTON - Georgetown University senior Scott Carpenter (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) was named an All-American in men’s cross country following an announcement from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday. Carpenter finished 10th overall, scoring eight points to lead the Hoya men to a 21st-place finish at the 2016 NCAA Cross Country Championships, held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday.
Carpenter’s time of 30:03.0 over the 10-kilometer course was enough to place 10th overall in the race and earn All-America honors that go to the top 40 finishers. He becomes the 27th Hoya to be named an All-American in men’s cross country with the Blue & Gray earning 38 nods in program history.
Combined with Jonathan Green’s (Berlin, Mass./Saint John’s High School) fifth-place performance from 2015, it is the first time the Blue & Gray has recorded back-to-back top-10 placements since the 1964 and 1965 seasons.
The 2016 men’s cross country campaign has seen the Hoyas ranked among the top 30 for the entirety of the season. With an ever-changing lineup, Georgetown managed to successfully defend both its BIG EAST and NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region titles from 2015. For the second-consecutive year a Hoya was named an All-American as Carpenter logged the requisite top-40 finisher to earn the accolade.
Carpenter continued an impressive calendar year as he found much success during the 2016 outdoor track season, advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA championships in the steeplechase and earning an All-America nod for his efforts.
“I have definitely been a lot more confident this year,” Carpenter said. “It’s not necessarily that I’m so much better physically. It’s more so mental and believing in myself and knowing that I can finish well.”
• With Jonathan Green finishing fifth in 2015 and Scott Carpenter placing 10th in 2016, it is the first time since the 1964 and 1965 seasons that the Hoyas have posted back-to-back performances among the top 10 at the NCAA Championship meet. Joe Lynch put up an eighth-place showing in 1964 and Eamon O’Reilly was the national runner-up in 1965.
• Scott Carpenter is the 27th Hoya to be named a men’s cross country All-American. Seven Hoyas have earned multiple All-America accolades in the sport with Andrew Bumbalough most recently achieving a trio of honors (2007, 2008, 2009).
• Scott Carpenter becomes the 11th Hoya in program history to turn in a top-10 performance at the NCAA Championships. He is the fourth to finish in 10th place, while the Blue & Gray have tallied one NCAA champion (Charlie Capozzoli, 1952), a pair of runner-up performances (1964, 1968), a duo of fifth-place finishes (2000, 2015) and a couple of eighth-place performances (1964, 2008).