Hoyas Set Two Meet Records at Nittany Lion Challenge

Katrina Coogan

Jan. 18, 2014

WASHINGTON - The Georgetown track & field team traveled to State College, Pa., for the Nittany Lion Challenge, hosted by Penn State University today. The Hoyas put up seven first-place finishes today as they continue to compete, leading up to the championship portion of the season at the end of February. The Blue & Gray set two meet records today, one each for the men's and women's squads. This all comes on the same day that former Hoya All-Americans Steve Holman and Richard Kenah are inducted to the Georgetown Athletics Hall of Fame.

All-American Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) led the way for the Hoyas, taking first in the women's 800-meter run and setting a new meet record with her time of 2:08.23. She broke the record set in 2010 by former Hoya All-American and now Nike standout Emily Infeld (2:08.89). Coogan led Hannah Neczypor in second with a time of 2:09.46.

Coogan would also compete in the women's 600-meter run and finished fifth (1:33.599), behind first-place Emma Keenan (Gwynedd Valley, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy Academy) with a time of 1:30.75 and third-place Becca DeLoache (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) with a time of 1:31.12.

Also setting a meet record was John Murray (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) in the men's 3,000-meter run. Murray won the race, timing in at 8:10.31, besting the previous record set in 2012 by Albany's Paul Lagno (8:16.66). Right behind Murray was Collin Leibold (Falls Church, Va./Gonzaga) in second place with a time of 8:10.67.



The men turned in two more first-place finishes with Ryan Gil (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) finishing first in the men's mile (4:09.04) followed by Michael Lederhouse (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) in third (4:11.85) and Darren Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) in fifth (4:16.22).

The men's distance medley relay relied upon Zach Zingsheim (Lansing, Mich./Lansing Catholic), Amos Bartelsmeyer (St. Louis, Mo./Saint Louis Country Day School), Lederhouse and Max Darrah (South Yarmouth, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) in a two-squad race. The quartet won the event with a time of 10:12.52.

On the women's side, Sabrina Southerland (New York, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo), competing in her first indoor season, finished first in the women's 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:43.76, followed by Andrea Keklak (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury/Princeton) in second (2:45.40).

In the women's distance medley relay, Joanna Stevens (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg), Mirabel Nkenke (Orange, N.J./Immaculate Conception), Heather Martin (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) and Neczypor won the event handily with a time of 11:48.29.

Bobbie Burgess (West Lafayette, Ind./West Lafayette) took second place in the women's 3,000-meter run, timing in at 10:01.50. Also finishing second was Ahmed Bile (Annandale, Va./Annandale) in the men's 1,000-meter run. Bile led a trio of Hoyas through the finish with Billy Ledder (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga) taking third (2:21.77) and Bobby Peavey (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) finishing fifth (2:23.87).

In the sprints, All-American Amanda Kimbers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) finished fourth in the women's 200-meter dash with a time of 24.75.

Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) finished fourth in the women's mile followed by Stevens with respective times of 4:49.32 and 4:51.27.

The men's 800-meter run saw Ryan Manahan (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus) finish fourth (1:49.88) and Cole Williams (San Francisco, Calif./Occidental College) finish fifth with a time of 1:50.46. In the men's 600-meter dash, Ryun Holder (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg Area) timed in at 1:20.74 for fifth place.

The Hoyas put up a fourth-place finish in the men's 4x400-meter relay utilizing the quartet of Devante Washington (Lafayette, La./Lafayette), Mike Andre (Ocean, N.J./Ocean Township), Ledder, and Nathaniel Gordon (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg). The foursome timed in at 3:15.56 for fourth place.

The Hoyas will return to action at home on Friday, January 24 to host the Hoya Spiked Shoe Invitational at the Hanley Center for Athletic Excellence on the campus of Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Md.

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