Nov. 25, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University track & field and cross country program announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. The announcement comes just four days after the Hoyas completed the 2015 cross country season with a 10th-place showing for the men while the women placed 20th at the NCAA Championships. Georgetown is one of just 11 schools in the country to put both a men’s team and a women’s team among the top 20 at the 2015 NCAA Championships and the only BIG EAST Conference institution to do so.
“We are pleased to announce the early signing of four recruits for the track & field / cross country class of 2020,” Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Michael Smith said. “Our class includes some of the finest recruits in the country with potential to make an immediate impact on our squad from the moment they step on campus. With an already deep roster, the incoming talent will help us to continue our tradition of success across all three seasons.”
Paige Hofstad (New Braunfels, Texas/New Braunfels)
Two-Time High School All-American
PRs: 1,600m - 4:50.58; 3,200m - 10:25.89
Hofstad was a runner-up at the 2014 Nike Cross Country Nationals and finished fourth at the 2014 Foot Locker National Cross County Championships … A 2013 Texas 5A State Cross Country Champion, she also finished third in the 1,600-meter run and 3,200-meter run at the 2014 Texas 5A State Track Meet … She finished second at the 2014 Texas 5A State Cross Country Meet.
Smith on Hofstad: “Paige Hofstad, the fastest returning cross country runner in the United States and preseason No. 1, will bring a wealth of talent and experience to an already deep cross country squad.”
Maegan Doody (Durham, N.H./Oyster River)
High School All-American
PRs: 800m - 2:10.80; 1,000m - 2:49.08; 1,600m - 4:49.82
Doody is a three-time New Hampshire State Cross Country Champion … She finished fifth in the mile at the 2015 New Balance Outdoor Nationals … A 2015 New Hampshire State Outdoor Champion as well as the 2015 New England Outdoor Champion in the 1,600-meter run … A 2015 New Hampshire State Indoor Champion in both the 1,000- and the 1,500-meter run … The 2014 New England Outdoor Champion in the 800-meter run.
Smith on Doody: “Maegan Doody is arguably one of the best cross country runners to compete in New Hampshire and, with her speed on the track, demonstrates great range in the distances.”
Jack Salisbury (Rumford, R.I./La Salle Academy)
High School All-American
PRs: Mile - 4:06.74; 3,200m - 8:56.55
Salisbury is the 2015 Rhode Island Outdoor State Champion in the 800- and 1,500-meter runs … Finished fourth in the two mile at the 2015 New Balance Outdoor Nationals … Back-to-back championships in the 1,000 and 1,500-meter runs at the Rhode Island Indoor State Meet (2014 and 2015) … A 2014 Rhode Island State Outdoor Champion in the 1,500-meter run.
Men’s Distance Coach Brandon Bonsey on Salisbury: “Jack is the third-fastest returning high schooler in the country in both the mile and the two mile. He is one of the elite middle distance talents in the country. Jack is someone who will be able to contribute at an NCAA level right away in the middle distance events and will develop into a strong cross country runner. His competitive fire will be an incredible asset to this program - Jack wants to be a great collegiate miler and Georgetown is the best place to pursue that dream.”
Kenny Rowe (Cockeysville, Md./Loyola Blakefield)
PRs: 400m - 49.11; 800m - 1:52.80
Rowe is the 2015 MIAA Outdoor Champion in the 400-meter dash … The 2015 IAAM Indoor Champion in the 500-meter dash … The 2013 MIAA Outdoor 800-Meter Champion.
Bonsey on Rowe: “Kenny has the exact combination of leg speed and endurance that we are looking for in a middle distance runner. He's run 22.83 in the open 200m and splits 48 low on the 4x400 relay. He was also fourth at his state cross country meet this year. I fully expect him to run 1:50 or faster this spring which will put him on track to be training with our loaded 800-meter group next fall. With our success in the 800 in recent years, he will be a great asset to continue that tradition.”
The Hoyas will open the indoor track & field season on Tuesday, Dec. 1 as the women’s team competes at the Navy Lid Lifter in Annapolis, Md.