June 13, 2012
WASHINGTON - With the collegiate portion of the track & field season at a close, the Georgetown women's track & field program has much to celebrate following an impeccable year that ends with the program finishing eighth overall in the Terry Crawford Program of the Year standings, according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The release came on the same day as the USTFCCCA announced that the Hoyas received 11 All-America honors in total at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships - nine for the women and two for the men.
The Terry Crawford Program of the Year award is determined by final standings at the three NCAA Championships: cross country, indoor and outdoor. Oregon was the winner of the Crawford award for the fourth-straight year, tallying eight points. Georgetown's 55.5 points (cross country: 1; indoor: 16.5, outdoor: 33) was enough for eighth place in the standings, one spot up from the 2011 standings. Georgetown was the only BIG EAST institution to be eligible for the award as they were the only program to score points in all three championships - a feat accomplished by 16 schools in the country.
The women's program has enjoyed a year of success, starting with the first cross country NCAA team championship in program history. Now 11-time All-American Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) led the Hoyas with her fourth-place finish at the championships while the remainder of the Hoya point-scorers finished in the top 70 overall and among the top 50 of 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 followed by All-American Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass./Bromfield) finished 54th overall. The fourth to cross the finish line for the Hoyas was Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass./North Andover), finishing 64th overall while freshman Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) was the final point scorer for the Hoyas, placing 67th overall.
During the indoor season, Infeld won her first NCAA individual championship with a first-place finish in the women's 3,000-meter run. Her win came just one day after she anchored the Hoyas to a fourth-place finish in the women's distance medley relay accompanied by All-Americans Rachel Schneider (Dover, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas), Amanda Kimbers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) and Chelsea Cox (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional). The combined points for the Hoyas helped GU to a tie for16th-place at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Most recently the Hoyas finished 33rd at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Advancing to her first NCAA Championships final London Finley (Los Angeles, Calif./St. Mary's Academy) earned her first All-America nod, getting first team honors for her eighth-place finish.
Finley doubled up the honors as she was named a Second Team All-American in the women's 4x400-meter relay along with Kimbers, Cox and Tenille Stoudenmire (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo).
All-American Madeline Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat), Cox and Schneider all earned honorable mention All-America honors in the 5,000-, 800- and 1,500-meter runs.
Infeld tallied her 11th All-America honor at the outdoor championships with a runner-up finish in the women's 1,500-meter run.
This honor comes after a stellar year for Infeld where she was named the Mid-Atlantic region's Female Track Athlete of the Year for the indoor and outdoor seasons and Miltenberg was named the USTFCCCA Women's Cross Coach of the Year and the Mid-Atlantic region's Assistant Women's Track & Field Coach of the Year for both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Patrick Henner also picked up Women's Head Coach of the Year for the Mid-Atlantic region during the indoor season.