May 13, 2016
GENEVA, Ohio - The Georgetown track & field team claimed two titles on the first day of the 2016 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships, presented by Jeep, held at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio. With the two men's titles, the Hoyas are currently in third place with 36 points while the women currently stand in sixth place with 17 points.
Men's Recap (3rd of 7 through seven events; 36 points)
For the third-straight year, a Hoya has brought home the 3,000-meter steeplechase title. The Blue & Gray went 1-2 in the steeple with All-American Darren Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) winning the event with a time of 8:54.45 followed by teammate Scott Carpenter (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) clocking 8:55.04. Fahy, Carpenter and Providence College's Jordan Mann separated from the pack and with a lap to go, Fahy pulled ahead. With a solid final water jump, Fahy cruised to the finish with Carpenter right behind to take the top two spots. Also scoring points for the Hoyas was Nick Wareham (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury), competing in his first BIG EAST outdoor championships, who placed seventh in the event with a time of 9:32.11.
The final event of the night saw All-American Jonathan Green (Berlin, Mass./St. John's High School) make a move late in the race to take over the field in the 10,000-meter run and breeze to a win. Green timed in at 31:06.24 for the win while teammate Connor Sheryak (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier), who at one time took over the leadership duties, finished fifth with a time of 31:12.90.
Kenneth Armstrong (San Dimas, Calif./Damien) set a new personal record (PR) in the long jump as he hit a mark of 6.73m, good enough for seventh place and securing points for the Blue & Gray.
A quartet of Hoyas qualified for the finals of the 1,500-meter run, with All-Americans Cole Williams (San Francisco, Calif./Occidental College), Ahmed Bile (Annandale, Va./Annandale) and Fahy each earning an automatic bid. Following up as a time qualifier was Thomas Williams (Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy Prep/Arizona State), earning the final spot in the finals.
Daniel Anderson (Ozark, Mo./Ozark) handily qualified for the finals of the 400-meter dash as he finished second in the first of two heats. Joining him in Saturday's final is teammate Ted Foster (Brielle, N.J./Andrews Osborne Academy [Ohio]/Oregon), who qualified on time.
All-American Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) will get the chance to defend his 2015 title as he and Spencer Brown (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) each earned a spot in Saturday's 800-meter finals. White and Brown each won their respective heats to earn an auto bid to the finals.
Women's Recap (6th of 8 through six events; 17 points)
All four Hoyas in the field of the 10,000-meter run scored points, with a trio finishing 3-4-5. Autumn Eastman (Hinesburg, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) finished third with a time of 34:55.11, followed by Sarah Cotton (Madison, Conn/Daniel Hand) in fourth (35:04.03) and Madeline Perez (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) in fifth (35:23.27). Haley Pierce (Wilmington, Del./Tatnall School) was the final point scorer for the Hoyas as she secured seventh place with a time of 35:39.22.
The Hoyas put a quintet of athletes in a finals event as All-Americans Emma Keenan (Gwynedd Valley, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy Academy), Sabrina Southerland (New York, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo), Andrea Keklak (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) and Heather Martin (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) clocked four of the top five times from the 800-meter prelims. Earning one of two time qualifiers, Jocelyn Hubbard (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield/Northeastern) will be the fifth Hoya to compete in the eight-athlete final on Saturday.
In the 1,500-meter run, a quartet of GU student-athletes managed to get to Saturday's finals with All-American Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant) leading the way with the fastest time from the prelims (4:26.98), followed by defending champion and All-American Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) and Audrey Belf (Birmingham, Mich./Earnest W. Seaholm) as the automatic qualifiers. Aleta Looker (Ellsworth, Maine/Ellsworth) earned a spot in the finals on time.
Qualifying for the 200-meter finals, Jody-Ann Knight (Bentonville, Ark./Bentonville) ran 25.16 to take the final spot on time.
The championships in its entirety will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) with John Fanta on play-by-play and Cayleigh Griffin serving as the sideline reporter.
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â€¢ Darren Fahy's steeplechase championship is the 10th title in program history and the third in as many years â€¦ The three-peat ties for the second-longest streak in the event in BIG EAST history, trailing Notre Dame's four in a row (2002-05) and tying Louisville (2009-11) and Providence (1981-83). â€¢ Green's 10,000-meter title is the 12th event crown in program history and the fourth in five years â€¦ Georgetown leads the conference with 12 men's 10,000-meter titles, followed by Providence (8).