Sept. 30, 2011
WASHINGTON - Both the Georgetown men's and women's cross country teams traveled to Bethlehem, Pa., for the Paul Short Invitational today, a cross country meet that welcomes more than 5,000 competitors to the Murray H. Goodman courses. The men's team finished second in just its second race of the season while the women placed fourth in what was also their second meet of the 2011 campaign.
For the men, graduate student Alex Lundy (Littleton, Colo./Heritage/Maryland) was the first to cross the finish line for the Hoyas as he timed in at 24:46 for 19th place in the 8,000-meter race, leading the Blue & Gray as all seven student-athletes finished within one minute of each other. Andrew Springer (Westerly, R.I./Westerly) followed right behind in 20th place with a time of 24:47 while TC Lumbar (Edina, Minn./Edina) finished 31st (24:57).
The men finished second with 143 points behind Oklahoma with 34 points in the 45-team race. Rounding out the top five were Columbia (156), Villanova (177) and Syracuse (229). The Hoyas were the top team from the BIG EAST Conference as Providence was the sixth-place finisher with 247 points.
In the women's gold race, the Hoyas finished fourth in the 45-team race with 141 points behind Providence (101), Villanova (104) and Syracuse (125) with Virginia finishing behind GU with 152 points.
With key members of the team taking a weekend off from racing in seven-time All-American and 2010 Cross Country NCAA Runner-Up Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) and two-time All-American Madeline Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) as well as freshman Hannah Nezypor (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) who won the individual title at the Harry Groves Invitational earlier this season, the Hoyas took the opportunity to showcase some the depth on the roster.
All-American Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass./Bromfield) took eighth place in the 6,000-meter race with a time of 20:48. A trio of Hoyas crossed the finish line within three seconds of each other led by Claire Richardson in 18th place with a time of 21:01 followed by freshman Annamarie Maag (Lake Oswego, Ore./Jesuit) in 19th place (21:02) and Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) in 21st place (21:04). The final Hoya to score points for the Blue & Gray was Lauren Borduin (Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge) who timed in at 21:53 for 75th place.
The women continue competition on September 30 along with the men's team as they travel to Bethlehem, Pa., for the Paul Short Invitational.
The men continue competition on Friday, October 14 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis., while the women travel to Terre Haute, Ind., for the Indiana State Pre-National Meet.