WASHINGTON - Georgetown University track & field All-American Scott Carpenter (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) was named the BIG EAST Conference Men’s Track Athlete of the Week on Wednesday. The honor comes after Carpenter opened his season at the IU Hoosier Open in Bloomington, Ind., with the third-fastest 5,000-meter time of the collegiate season thus far.
Carpenter made a smooth transition from the cross country season as he finished fourth overall in the event, clocking a new personal record (PR) of 14:00.16. His time was more than six seconds faster than his outdoor best in the event and a 21-second improvement from his fastest indoor mark from a season ago.
His time ranks third on the national leaderboard and tops the BIG EAST Conference. He also owns the 10th-fastest time in Georgetown program history, and his time is the only one that appears among the top 10 that was recorded during December, the earliest part of the season.
This is the third overall weekly BIG EAST accolade of Carpenter’s career with the other two occurring during the 2016 cross country season. It is the second-consecutive week a Hoya has earned one of the league’s four awards.
The Blue & Gray will take the remainder of the year off before returning to competition on Saturday, January 14 when both squads travel to State College, Pa., for the Nittany Lion Challenge, hosted by Penn State.
• Scott Carpenter’s time of 14:00.16 ranks 10th on Georgetown’s all-time men’s indoor 5,000-meter leaderboard. Joining the likes of former GU All-Americans John Trautmann, Steve Holman and Peter Sherry, Carpenter and teammate Jonathan Green are the only current Hoyas to appear among the top 10 with Green owning the sixth-fastest time in program history (13:52.36), a time he recorded during the 2015-16 indoor season.
• Carpenter’s time is the only one among the top 10 that occurred during the month of December. The only other time among the top 50 to occur in December is former Hoya Bobby Peavey’s 14:23.30 from the 2012-13 season.
• The Hoyas have tallied 21 total indoor honors (men’s and women’s combined) since the conference started dishing out weekly accolades during the 2011-12 season.
• Georgetown notched a program-best eight distinctions during the 2015-16 season with five going to the women and three for the men. • The career record for men’s indoor weekly honors is two, with two Hoyas achieving the feat including current GU All-American Joe White, who earned a pair of honors during the 2015-16 campaign.