WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University track & field team has arrived in New York for the 2018 BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships, held at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Athletic Complex in Staten Island, New York. It's a return to the friendly confines as the Hoyas have already competed at the facility this season and the complex is playing host to the conference championships for the third-straight year.
Friday-Saturday, February 23-24: BIG EAST Digital Network
Play-by-Play: Pat O'Keefe; Trackside: Marisa Pilla, Meghan Caffrey
Last season, the Hoyas secured 12 men and six women on the 2017 All-BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Squad following the two-day championships. Georgetown managed a pair of event titles at the 2017 championships en route to fifth-place finishes on both the men's and women's sides.
"Our goal year over year at BIG EAST is to be more and more competitive and score more and more points," Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Julie Culley said this week. "We are hopeful both teams will be higher in the rankings than a year ago and we look forward to fighting for every single place and every single point against our BIG EAST rivals this weekend."
Georgetown's men and women boast strong competitors throughout the track events. Graduate student Amos Bartelsmeyer (St. Louis, Mo./St. Louis Country Day), back-to-back BIG EAST Men's Track Athlete of the Week, will compete in the men's mile. He owns the fastest time from the league's regular season by more than three seconds and is the lone competitor from the BIG EAST to clock a sub-four mile. Bartelsmeyer is twice a BIG EAST indoor champion, as part of two relay titles.
In the women's sprints, senior Jody-Ann Knight (Bentonville, Ark./Bentonville) has had the best performances at the facility, running PRs the last three competition dates at the Staten Island track. Knight will compete in the 200-meter dash, where she clocked the fastest time this regular season, and the 400-meter dash, an event in which she recorded the third-fastest league time.
Alongside Knight in the 200-meter dash will be Taylor Williams (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham/Clemson) and Shannon Meisberger (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial), tallying the third- and fifth-fastest BIG EAST times, respectively. Williams will also compete in the 60-meter dash while Meisberger will make an appearance in the 400-meter dash.
The men's 800-meter run is a stacked field, especially for the Blue & Gray as GU touts the top four times in the league with three declared for the event at the championships. Freshmen Rey Rivera (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) and Ruach Padhal (London, Ont./John Paul II Catholic) along with sophomore Eion Nohilly (Golden's Bridge, N.Y./John Jay) enter the prelims with the first-, second- and fourth-fastest times in the league, respectively.
In the 5,000-meter run, All-American Jonathan Green (Berlin, Mass./Saint John's School) enters the finals with the top time in the conference thus far and with the cross country individual title under his belt from the fall. The graduate student is in search of his first indoor crown.
Bringing a wealth of experience to the track, All-American Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant) enters the championships with the fourth-best mile time in the conference. Donaghu is a previous indoor BIG EAST champion as part of the 2015 DMR.
Freshman Malika Houston (Charleston, W.Va./George Washington HS) enters the weekend with a time that ties for fourth in the league in the 60-meter hurdles. The newcomer will be one of two Hoyas competing in the event.
On the sprints side, freshman Nate Alleyne (Downingtown, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) is entered in both the 200- and 400-meter dashes. Alleyne owns the fourth-fastest time in the 200m and the fifth-fastest 400-meter mark. Also in the 400-meter field are sophomore Quincey Wilson (Lithonia, Ga./Arabia Mountain) and freshman Kino Cheltenham (Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooklyn Tech), with the eighth and 10th times in the league, respectively.
Friday will feature nearly all preliminary track events with the exception of the finals of the 5,000-meter run and DMR as well as the finals of pole vault, long jump and weight throw. Saturday will feature the remaining track finals in addition to the finals of the shot put, triple jump and high jump.