July 1, 2011
WASHINGTON - Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Patrick Henner announced today that Chris Miltenberg has been promoted to the Associate Head Coach of Men's & Women's Track & Field in addition to his duties as the Head Women's Cross Country Coach. The announcement comes after a superb 2011 track & field season where the Hoyas garnered five All-America honors apiece in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
"I am quite pleased to announce the promotion of Chris Miltenberg to Associate Head Coach of Men's and Women's Track & Field," Henner said. "During his tenure as our Head Women's Cross Country Coach he has demonstrated his coaching and organizing ability. His team's podium finish at the 2010 NCAA Cross Country meet is a prime example. On the track his athletes have run at the highest BIG EAST and NCAA level, including a Championship of America win at the prestigious Penn Relays. Our entire staff is excited about Chris's new role and the future of Hoya Track and Field."
After coaching the women's cross country team to a fourth-place team standing and seven-time All-American Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) earning NCAA Runner Up honors at the cross country championships, Miltenberg turned his focus to the track & field season, extending from December 2010 through June 2011.
Despite the absence of Infeld (redshirt) and four-time All-American Renee Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City), two crucial pieces to the success of the women's cross country season, Miltenberg coached All-American Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass./Bromfield) to her first BIG EAST individual title as she won the women's 5,000-meter run in her first BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships, this year held in Akron, Ohio.
Without powerhouses Infeld and Tomlin, Miltenberg assembled a quartet that set a new school record in the indoor distance medley relay running 11.00.67 at the Columbia Last Chance Meet and 11 days later, he put together a team that took seventh place overall, with each athlete earning first team All-America honors.
The highlights of the outdoor season started with a Championship of America win in the women's DMR anchored by Infeld. Tomlin led off the quartet with Amanda Kimbers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) running the 400 and All-American Chelsea Cox (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) taking over the 800. With a new school record, the Hoyas walked away with the famed Penn Relays wheel to hoist above their heads, surprising the track world by beating the likes of 2011 NCAA Indoor DMR champion Villanova and the two-time defending Penn Relays champion Tennessee.
A week later at the BIG EAST Championships held at Villanova Stadium, Miltenberg helped Tomlin to two individual titles in the women's 800-meter run and the women's 4x800-meter relay. The two capped Tomlin's career with seven individual conference titles and the Hoyas went 1-2 in 800 with Cox finishing second.
After a successful four days in Bloomington, Ind., the Hoya women sent five athletes to the Hawkeye State for the NCAA Outdoor Championships held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Infeld finished second in the women's 5,000-meter run marking her second NCAA Runner Up finish of the year. Tomlin took fourth in the women's 1,500-meter run with Infeld and Tomlin both earning first team All-America honors while All-Americans Rachel Schneider (Dover, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas) and Madeline Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) earning second team honors. With three Hoyas in the semifinals of the 1,500, Georgetown boasted more entrants in that event than any other institution.
With 13 points, GU women's track & field finished T23rd at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the first top-25 finish since 2000. Among BIG EAST schools, Villanova was the top finisher on the women's side (T11th, 20 points) followed by West Virginia (T20th, 14 points) and Georgetown.
For his efforts during the NCAA track & field season, Miltenberg was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year and the women's track & field / cross country program placed ninth in the Crawford Program of the Year standings, both organized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
After the collegiate season ended, the track & field season continued with the culmination of the track & field season in the USA Track & Field Championships and Junior Championships, held in Eugene, Ore., at the end of June.
At that meet, Infeld twice set a new school record for Georgetown in the 1,500 with the eventual record being set at 4:08.96. She was the top collegiate finisher in a stacked field as she took fifth overall against the nation's best competitors, even besting the previous GU record holder Treniere (Clement) Moser, now running for Nike, who finished sixth. Miltenberg also coached Cox to a second-place finish in the junior women's 800-meter run.
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