President DeGioia Hosts Celebration Honoring the Women's Cross Country Team
Dec. 3, 2011
WASHINGTON - On Monday, November 28, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia hosted the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Champion Georgetown Hoyas for a reception at the Hall of Cardinals on campus. DeGioia honored the accomplishments of the GU women's cross country team and its coaches as they captured the first-ever national championship in program history on Monday, November 21 at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind.
The Hoyas were led by eight-time All-American Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) who finished fourth in the individual race, earning her eighth All-America distinction. Infeld led a quintet of runners who all finished in the top 70 overall, with all five tallying no more than 50 points apiece. The Hoyas won the championship with 162 points, defeating second-place Washington (170). Georgetown's eight-point margin of victory is the lowest since 2003 when Stanford's 120 points edged out BYU with 128.
Two days following the NCAA Championship win, Head Women's Cross Country Coach Chris Miltenberg was named the Peter Tegen National Women's Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. This is the first coach of the year honor for the women's cross country team as it goes to a GU product with Miltenberg graduating from Georgetown in 2003.
Monday's reception honored not only the accomplishments of the seven athletes who put on their uniform and bib number in Terre Haute, but the entire cross country team and its coaches including 20 student-athletes, Miltenberg and Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Patrick Henner and Men's Cross Country Coach Michael Banks. Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed was also in attendance at the reception held on campus.
The track & field / cross country program transitions into the indoor track & field season, opening today, December 3, at the Navy Invitational for the men and the Bucknell Bison Opener. The Hoyas will then take the remainder of December off before picking back up in the new year.