Nov. 21, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown women's cross country program won the NCAA National Championships today at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course at the Wabash Valley Sports Family Center in Terre Haute, Ind., hosted by Indiana State University. This is the first national championship in program history for the Hoyas, who took the team title with 162 points in the 31-team field. The Hoyas were followed by Washington (170), Villanova (181), Florida State (189) and Oregon (281). The Georgetown men's team finished 17th (468 points) in a field of 31 teams with Wisconsin winning the men's team title.
"I could not be more proud of this team," Head Women's Cross Country Coach Chris Miltenberg said. "Today was a true team effort. With all the ups and downs throughout September and October, this team never stopped believing that they could do something big. Today was a huge step forward for all of us."
The women's team was led by All-American Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) who finished fourth with a time of 19:44.3 over the 6,000-meter race as she split 9:53 at the 3,000-meter mark. Infeld earned her eighth All-America distinction as the top 40 finishers finishers from the race are named All-Americans. All five point scorers for the Hoyas finished in the top 70 overall and the top 50 of team-point scorers.
Claire Richardson (St. Paul, Minn./The Blake School/Harvard) was the second Hoya to cross the finish line as she finished 50th overall with a time of 20:37.2, tallying 33 points for the team. All-American Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass./Bromfield) finished picked up 36 points for the Blue & Gray as she finished 54th overall with a time of 20:40.5.
The fourth to cross the finish line for the Hoyas was Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass./North Andover), finishing 64th overall and tallying 44 points with a time of 20:45.3. The final point scorer for GU was freshman Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) who came in at an impressive 20:46.3 for 67th place overall, picking up 46 points.
This is the third-consecutive year that a BIG EAST institution has won the women's cross country national championship with Villanova taking home the title in 2009 and 2010. Georgetown's eight-point margin of victory is the lowest since 2003 when Stanford's 120 points edged out BYU with 128.
The BIG EAST Conference had five teams in the 31-team field with three member institutions finishing in the top 10 in Georgetown (1), Villanova (3) and West Virginia (8). Syracuse and Notre Dame rounded out the BIG EAST contenders with 17th- and 22nd-place finishes, respectively.
The Pac-12 led all conferences with seven teams in the mix while the BIG EAST's five schools were only matched by the Big Ten. The Atlantic Coast Conference tallied four schools followed by the Big 12 (3) and the Southeast Conference and West Coast Conference both tallying two while the Midwest Conference, Mid-American Conference and the Big Sky Conference all recorded one team apiece.
On the men's side, Mark Dennin (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyerstown) was the top finisher for the Hoyas. He finished 57th overall, tallying 44 points in the team competition with a time of 30:27.2. He was followed close behind by Alex Lundy (Littleton, Colo./Heritage/Maryland), who finished 61st overall, recording 48 points with a time of 30:28.9 in the 10,000-meter race. Andrew Springer (Westerly, R.I./Westerly) was the third point scorer for the Hoyas as he ran 30:47.8 to finish 102nd overall for 77 points. T.C. Lumbar (Edina, Minn./Edina) and John Murray (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) were the last two scorers for the Blue & Gray with times of 21:18.6 (160th place; 125 points) and 31:56.0 (211th place; 174 points), respectively.
Wisconsin took the men's race handily with 97 points followed by Oklahoma State (139), Colorado (144), BYU (203) and Stanford (207). With 468 points, the Hoyas were third among the five BIG EAST schools in the field with Villanova leading the league in 13th place (352 points) followed by Syracuse in 15th (395), Georgetown in 17th (468), Providence in 22nd (530) and Notre Dame in 24th (575).