VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Georgetown University track & field team had a good start to the 2017 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships behind a podium sweep in the men’s steeplechase as the men currently stand in fifth place with 34 points through seven events. The women are also in fifth place (20 points) through six events as a trio of Hoyas recorded podium finishes. The two-day championship concludes on Saturday at the Jumbo Elliott Track at Villanova Stadium. Saturday’s events will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN).
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Men’s Recap [through 7 events: Marquette (71), DePaul (49), Villanova (37), Butler (36), Georgetown (34), Providence (23), Xavier (17)]
Georgetown continued its streak in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase with the fourth title in as many years. All-American Darren Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) captured back-to-back titles, successfully defending his title from a season ago, clocking 8:51.72. The Hoyas swept the steeplechase podium as All-American Scott Carpenter (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) took second (8:51.72) and freshman Eion Nohilly (Golden’s Bridge, N.Y./John Jay) placed third (9:07.90). Matthew Bouthillette (North Providence, R.I./La Salle Academy) also scored points for GU as he finished seventh (9:20.47).
In his final BIG EAST Championships, senior Kenneth Armstrong (San Dimas, Calif./Damien) recorded a mark of 6.90m in the men’s long jump, a personal record (PR), to finish sixth and tally points for the Hoyas.
Nick Golebiowski (St. Cloud, Minn./St. Cloud Cathedral) finished fourth in the men’s 10,000-meter run with a PR 30:15.04.
The Blue & Gray tallied eight qualifiers to Saturday’s finals from the preliminary events. The Hoyas put a trio each in the 400-meter finals and the 800-meter finals while a pair will compete in the 1,500-meter finals.
Nathaniel Gordon (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg) recorded an impressive 48.55, a PR, in the 400-meter prelims, to qualify for Saturday’s final alongside teammates Quincey Wilson (Lithonia, Ga./Arabia Mountain), who recorded the fastest time from the prelims, and Nick Sullivan (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto).
Also recording a PR in the prelims was Adam Barnard (Gray, Tenn./Daniel Boone) in the 1,500-meter run as he clocked in one-hundredth of a second faster (3:50.19) than his previous best. Fahy will also compete in the finals.
A trio of Hoyas will compete in Saturday’s 800-meter final, including All-American Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic), who looks to defend his titles from 2016 and 2015.
Georgetown in Friday’s Finals
Men’s 10,000-Meter Run
4. Nick Golebiowski, 30:15.04 (PR)
Men’s Long Jump
6. Kenneth Armstrong, 6.90m (PR)
Women’s Recap [through 6 events: Marquette (60), Villanova (46), DePaul (35), St. John’s (29), Georgetown (20), Butler (17), Providence (17), Xavier (10)]
The 3,000-meter steeplechase saw a pair of Hoyas make the podium as Autumn Eastman (Hinesburg, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) and Margie Cullen (Needham, Mass./Needham) took second and third, respectively. The race went out as predicted and the duo kept together for much of the opening laps before Eastman pulled into a race of her own as she comfortably held second place (10:23.12). Cullen gutted out a tough race for third (10:39.37) as she came up the final straightaway to beat out a VU runner on her home track. The pair both recorded PRs.
Also earning a spot on the podium was Madeline Perez (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) in the 10,000-meter run. The junior ran 34:40.76, just shy of her PR, to finish third in the event.
From Friday’s prelims, the Hoyas totaled nine qualifiers to the finals. The Hoyas littered the middle distance fields as a quartet of Hoyas will battle for the 1,500-meter finals and a trio will compete in the 800-meter finals. All-American Emma Keenan (Gwynedd Valley, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy Academy) owns the leading prelim time in the 800-meter run. A pair of Hoyas will compete in the sprints with Shannon Duffy (Rapid City, S.D./St. Thomas More) competing in the 100-meter hurdles after her PR 14.99 in the prelims and Jody-Ann Knight (Bentonville, Ark./Bentonville) in the 200-meter dash.
Georgetown in Friday’s Finals
Women’s 10,000-Meter Finals
3. Madeline Perez, 34:40.76
Georgetown Finalists for Saturday Events
Women’s 200-Meter Dash
Jody-Ann Knight, 24.78 (H2: 1st)
Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles
Shannon Duffy, 14.99 (H1: 4th) (PR)