May 1, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University track & field and cross country program hosted its annual awards banquet on Wednesday night at Maggiano's Little Italy in the Friendship Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The banquet honored the departing class of athletes and announced the award winners from the past calendar year. This year's banquet recognized the most valuable player (MVP) for both the men and women from the 2013 outdoor track & field, 2013 cross country and 2014 indoor track & field season.
"This is a great opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of our student-athletes," Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Patrick Henner said. "I'm happy that we can all come together like this as we gear up for the outdoor postseason and say goodbye to the departing seniors and celebrate the accolades from the past year. It's a great way to say thank you to the athletes for everything they do to represent Georgetown University and the excellent tradition of the track & field and cross country program."
All-American Andrew Springer (Westerly, R.I./Westerly) was named the 2013 Men's Outdoor MVP as he earned double All-America honors, qualifying for the finals of both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter run. The 2013 Women's Outdoor MVP was awarded to All-American Chelsea Cox (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) who crushed the women's 800-meter relay carry record with a 2:01.62 split in the Championship of American Women's 4x800m Relay at the 2013 Penn Relays.
Springer continued to rack up honors as he was named the 2013 Men's Cross Country MVP after a stellar individual performance last fall. He was the lone NCAA qualifier and finished third at the Mid-Atlantic regional meet. On the women's side, Samantha Nadel (Glen Head, N.Y./North-Shore) was named the 2013 Women's Cross Country MVP after a season of consistently leading the Hoyas, particularly helping the Blue & Gray to a win at the NCAA Pre-National Meet.
All-American Billy Ledder (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga) was named the 2014 Men's Indoor MVP following his breakout season that saw a personal record (PR) in the men's 800-meter run, a time that ranks second on the all-time list at Georgetown. The time solidified Ledder's trip to Albuquerque, N.M., for the NCAA Championships where he earned All-America distinction.
All-American Andrea Keklak (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury/Princeton) earned the 2014 Women's Indoor MVP honor after she had her own breakout season, also in the 800-meter run. Keklak catapulted herself to the national stage following her performance at the Iowa State classic when she ran Georgetown's second-fastest time in school history in the event with a time of 2:04.64. Keklak went on the NCAA Championships where she qualified for the finals of the women's 800-meter run and finished fourth overall in the stacked race.
At the beginning of the awards portion, Henner acknowledged the 14 student-athletes who earned 17 All-America distinctions since last year's banquet. The night concluded with a slideshow documenting the last year of Georgetown track & field and cross country.
The Blue & Gray had tributes for the departing class of athletes. For the men, they honored Hansel Akers (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield), Eghosa Aghayere (Henrietta, N.Y./Rush Henrietta Sperry), Bobby Peavey (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam), Alex Pettee (New Canaan, Conn./St. Luke's), Michael Reher (San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius College Prep), Nick Rowe (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier), All-American Dylan Sorensen (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) and All-American Andrew Springer (Westerly, R.I./Westerly). On the women's side, GU honored Beth Conlan, All-American Chelsea Cox (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional), Shanique Dasilva (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Ford), Taylor Doaty (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic), Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass./North Andover), All-American Deseree King (Oxon Hill, Md./Oxon Hill), All-American Amanda Kimbers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh), Diana Sainvil (Harksdale, N.Y./Woodlands) and All-American Rachel Schneider (Dover, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas).
The Hoyas return to action this weekend as they travel to nearby College Park, Md., for the Kehoe Twilight Meet on Friday, May 2 in addition to the Payton Jordan Invitational on Sunday, May 4 in Palo Alto, Calif.