Women's and Men's Cross Country Move Up to No. 5 and No. 22 Respectively in National Rankings
Oct. 5, 2010
Aided by the first-place and the second-place finishes respectively at the Paul Short Invitational this past Friday, both the Georgetown University women’s and men’s cross country teams moved up in the national rankings of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The Hoya women’s team moved up in the USTFCCA poll to No. 5, leaping two spots. The Hoyas have 316 points for the ranking, only four less than No. 4 Texas Tech. The Georgetown men’s team jumped three places to No. 22 in the poll with 109 points, which is only two less than No. 21 Tulsa.
In the women’s race, Georgetown put three of its runners among the top-10 overall and tallied 34 points to win the meet, holding a 64-point advantage over the runner-up, No. 16 Virginia. Junior Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) finished in first place overall and sophomore Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass./Broomfield) took fourth to lead the Hoyas. Freshman Madeline Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) finished in sixth place overall in 20:27.
Sophomore Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) placed 11th overall in 20:37, while graduate student Renee Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City) placed 12th overall in 20:40. Junior Katie McCafferty (Convent Station, N.J./Oak Knoll) finished in 14th place at 20:54, and freshman Joana Stevens (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) placed 17th in 20:58. Overall, all seven Georgetown runners placed top-20.
The men’s team, meanwhile, placed second at the meet, tallying 149 points and finishing 17 points behind No. 22 Virginia.
Senior Ayalew Taye (Portland, Maine/Cushing Academy) was the top finisher for the Hoyas, finishing in fourth place overall as he covered the 8K course in 23:54. Senior T.C. Lumbar (Edina, Minn./Edina) was close behind, finishing in 13th place in 24:12 to give the Hoyas two runners among the top-20.
Senior Alex Bean (Somers, N.Y./Somers) and freshman Tyler Anyan (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood) finished in 31st and 33rd place, respectively. Bean finished in 24:39 while Anyan ran a 24:40. Sophomore Andrew Springer (Westerly, R.I./Westerly), sophomore Evan Bloomberg (East Northport, N.Y./Northport), and junior James Grimes (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) also ran in the meet, placing 68th, 103rd, and 142nd in 25:03, 25:12, and 25:27 respectively.