All-Americans Emily Infeld (left) and Emily Jones return from the 2010 No. 4 team.
Aug. 30, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown women's cross country is named the No. 1 team in the country according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Preseason Poll, announced today. This is the first-ever appearance as the top women's team in the country according to the nation's coaches. The men's team was tabbed preseason No. 22 and third in the Mid-Atlantic region while the women took the top spot in the region.
"It's certainly a huge honor to start the season ranked No. 1 in the coaches' poll," Head Women's Cross Country Coach Chris Miltenberg said. "It is a long season ahead and we've got a lot of work to do but we are excited for the challenge. "
The 2010 season saw the Hoyas finish fourth at the NCAA Championships with 167 points and seven-time All-American Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) recording her first of two NCAA Runner-Up performances during the 2010-11 season. The Hoyas return six of their seven-athlete NCAA lineup from 2010 including cross country All-Americans Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass./Bromfield) and Madeline Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) as well as track & field All-American Katie McCafferty (Convent Station, N.J./St. Thomas Aquinas), Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) and Joanna Stevens (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg).
Georgetown took fourth place after competing against eventual back-to-back NCAA Women's Champion Villanova all season. The BIG EAST Conference had the top two individual finishers in Villanova's Sheila Reid and Infeld. This year, the Hoyas are one of three BIG EAST schools in the top five with the Providence tabbed preseason No. 3 and Villanova getting the nod for fifth place. The BIG EAST Conference had five total schools in the women's preseason top 30 including Syracuse (15) and West Virginia (24).
"Looking at the depth of the BIG EAST Conference in the national rankings shows that we will certainly have our work cut out for us long before we even reach the NCAA meet," Miltenberg said. "We've got an outstanding young group and they are very fired up for the future."
On the men's side, Georgetown competes in what could be considered the strongest conference in the country with six BIG EAST institutions represented in the preseason top 30 with Syracuse topping the list at No. 14 followed by Villanova (17), Providence (18), Louisville (20), Georgetown (22) and Notre Dame (23).
The men open the cross country season on Friday, September 9 at the Lou Onesty Open in Charlottesville, Va. Both the men and women compete the following weekend at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational on Saturday, September 17 in State College, Pa.