WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University track & field team closed the 2018 BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championship with 13 podium performances across the men's and women's teams. The men claimed four event titles en route to a fourth-place showing with 103 points. The women's team finished fifth with 81 points following the two-day meet at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Athletic Complex in Staten Island, New York. For his efforts, All-American Jonathan Green (Berlin, Mass./Saint John's School) was named the meet's Men's Most Outstanding Track Performer.
"The men had a great weekend," Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Julie Culley said. "Fourth overall with four individual event winners and some great relay races. Jon Green winning track performer of the meet was well-deserved after he broke the meet record in the 5,000m. Rey Rivera's win in the 800m and Nate Alleyne's win in the 200m were also really impressive and indicative of a great future in the conference and on the national level."
On Friday, Green set a new meet record in the men's 5,000-meter run, eclipsing the previous record set by former Hoya Daniel Nunn in 2009. Green is just the second athlete in program history to be named the meet's Men's Most Outstanding Track Performer joining Matt Kalwinsky, who picked up the accolade in 1999.
On the track, the Hoya men claimed three titles on Saturday, starting with the first finals event on the track, the men's mile. All-American Amos Bartelsmeyer (St. Louis, Mo./St. Louis Country Day) kicked 26.995 over his final 200 meters to claim the event title, the second year in a row a Hoya has won the event as Scott Carpenter won it in 2017.
Freshman Rey Rivera (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) held off the field as he clocked 1:49.97 to win the 800-meter run. It was the third time in five years a GU student-athlete has won the event as Joe White won it in 2016 and Ahmed Bile claimed the title in 2014. The Hoyas picked up 20 points alone from the men's 800m as All-American Spencer Brown (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) took second and freshman Ruach Padhal (London, Ont./John Paul II Catholic) took seventh.
For just the second time in GU history, the men won the 200-meter title as freshman Nate Alleyne (Downingtown, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) won his heat and the event with a time of 21.51, clinching the title by two-hundredths of a second. Running a PR in his event, Nick Wareham (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) finished third in the 3,000-meter run.
Highlighting the women's performances was a pair of Hoyas on the podium in the 3,000-meter run. With PC's runner taking the charge from the get-go, the chase for second place was on. Margie Cullen (Needham, Mass./Needham) ran a smart and steady race until she was in striking distance. With a good kick to close, Cullen finished second with teammate Josette Norris (Tenafly, N.J./Tenafly/North Carolina) right behind her in third place.
"Margie had a great weekend," Culley said. "She ran smart and anchored the DMR yesterday in 4:48."
Jody-Ann Knight (Bentonville, Ark./Bentonville) found herself back on the podium as she was the runner-up in the women's 200-meter dash, clocking 24.39.
Georgetown closed the day with three of four relays turning in runner-up performances with the women's 4x800-meter foursome and both the men's 4x400- and 4x800-meter relays clinching second.
The Blue & Gray returns to action March 3-4 at the IC4A/ECAC Championships held in Boston.
Men's 200-Meter Dash (points)
1. Nate Alleyne, 21.51 (10)
8. Lawrence Leak, 22.28 (1)
Women's 400-Meter Dash (points)
6. Jody-Ann Knight, 57.27 (3)
Women's 800-Meter Run (points)
6. Olivia Arizin, 2:11.24 (3)
Women's 60-Meter Hurdles (points)
4. Malika Houston, 8.70 (5)
Men's Shot Put (points)
4. Bryan Bjerk, 15.10m (5)