April 22, 2014
WASHINGTON - Georgetown track & field's Darren Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon), in just his first year of outdoor eligibility, was named the BIG EAST Male Track Athlete of the Week, as announced by the conference office today. Fahy garners the honor after competing at the Larry Ellis Invitational hosted by Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., last weekend.
"We're really happy with his performance," Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Patrick Henner said. "Our expectations for him were high because he got to the Hilltop as a USA Junior National Champion in the steeple, but to make a collegiate debut of 8:43 is really something special.
"He still has a lot to do to be ready for the NCAA portion of the season but he is off to a great start."
Fahy finished second in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8:43.12, just three-hundredths of a second behind New Jersey-New York Track Club's Travis Mahoney (8:43.09), previously at Temple. Fahy led a trio of Hoyas in to the top five at the Larry Ellis Invitational as Matthew Howard (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) finished fourth (8:47.02) and All-American Dylan Sorensen (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) finished fifth (8:47.07).
Fahy's time is the fifth-fastest time in the country right now and the third-fastest in the East region. Howard's and Sorensen's times also top the national lists with the seventh- and eighth-fastest times in the nation, respectively, according to the Track & Field Results and Reporting System (TFRRS).
His time sits atop the conference list in the steeple, a list that boasts four Hoyas to lead the league, as Fahy's time is followed by Howard's, Sorensen's and All-American Max Darrah's (South Yarmouth, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) performance to open the outdoor season (9:06.14, Fred Hardy Invitational).
On the all-time list at Georgetown, Fahy is fourth overall, overtaking Darrah's best time of 8:43.71, recorded at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.
This honor marks the third men's track honor for the Hoyas this season, a feat that leads the conference, and the fourth overall nod for the BIG EAST's weekly track awards for both the men and women. Xavier leads the league with five overall honors followed by GU and St. John's with four apiece.
The Hoyas continue the season with the 120th Running of the Penn Relay Carnival this Thursday, April 24 through Saturday, April 26 at historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa.