Washington, DC – The 2003 Georgetown University women’s cross country team has been picked as the number four team in the nation among NCAA Division I schools in the September issue of Track & Field News in the magazine's preseason predictions. Three BIG EAST schools found their way into the top five. Brigham Young, NCAA Division I Cross Country Champions in 2001 and 2002, earned first place, followed by Notre Dame and Stanford. Villanova rounded out the top five, while fellow BIG EAST Conference member Providence garnered ninth place.
Track & Field News had this to say about the Hoyas: “Graduating no scorers and recruiting fast prep miler Elizabeth Maloy should keep the Hoyas near their ’02 spot, 4th.” Maloy, from Holy Names High School in Albany, N.Y., turned in the second-fastest time in the mile run last season as a high school senior with a mark of 4:45.41. Three-time All-American Treniere Clement (Sr., Stow, Ohio/Stow-Monroe Falls), Nichole Lee (Jr., Palos Verdes, Calif./Peninsula) and Amanda Pape (Jr., Olathe, Kansas/Olathe South) return to the GU line-up to provide leadership and experience for the 2003 season. Clement was the third Hoya across the finish line of the NCAA Cross Country Championships, while Lee was Georgetown’s top finisher at the BIG EAST Cross Country Championships in 2002. Pape earned All-BIG EAST honors with a 12th-place finish at the Conference championships and placed 46th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in 2001.
The Hoyas have posted 15 consecutive top-ten finishes at the NCAA Cross Country Championships under the direction of Ron Helmer, Director of Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field at Georgetown. In addition, GU has won the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Championships for the past four years (1999-2002).
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