Sarah Schmidt (foreground) and Emma Keenan (Photo courtesy of Tom Connelly)

Women's XC/Track

Carpenter, Fahy, Keenan, Schmidt, Southerland and White Are Eugene Bound

May 27, 2016

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Georgetown University track & field team had another impressive day at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field East Preliminary, held at Hodges Stadium on the campus of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. Another six Hoya student-athletes advanced to the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at historic Hayward Field, on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore. The Hoyas total seven so far who will travel to the West Coast June 8-11 for nationals.

"We're through two out of three days down here and things are going exceptionally well for us," Director of Track & Field Michael Smith said. "We are advancing people through the rounds at really high rates. At this point, it's almost gone as well as it could go.

"This meet is one of the focuses of a year-long program. To compete at the NCAA level is a lot of what these student-athletes come to Georgetown to do, and this is the first round of that level of competition. The ability to qualify and compete well at this meet is just a testament to doing something that we set out to do at the beginning of the year."

Women's Recap (Individual Results)
With a trio of Hoyas running personal records (PRs), the Blue & Gray claimed three of the NCAA East region's 12 spots in the 800-meter semifinals in Eugene. In the first of three heats, All-American Emma Keenan (Gwynedd Valley, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy Academy) again led the way as she ran a PR 2:03.33, breaking 2:04 for the first time in her GU career, to edge out teammate Sarah Schmidt (Viersen, Germany) for the final automatic qualifier from the first heat. Schmidt, also breaking 2:04 for the first time as a Hoya, ran 2:03.78 for fourth place, a time that by the end of the final heat, qualified the freshman for the semifinals in Eugene.

In the second heat, All-American Sabrina Southerland (New York, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) ran a PR 2:03.74, besting her previous time of 2:03.81, to take third place and the automatic qualifier.

Men's Recap (Individual Results)
Competing in the second of a three-heat, 800-meter quarterfinal, All-American Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) looked smooth through his two-lap race. He put himself in great position going into the final turn so he could come up the straightaway among the top three. With four vying for three automatic spots, White surged forward to secure second (1:47.13) and clinch a spot in the semifinals in Eugene.

In the final heat of the 3,000-meter steeplechase, All-American Darren Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) ran the smart race to secure his spot in the semifinals in Eugene -- a feat he accomplished for the second-consecutive year. While a couple of competitors attempted to go with Louisville's Edwin Kibichiy, the leader wire to wire, Fahy kept his pace and waited to make his move further down the stretch. He stayed among the top four for the majority of the race and as other racers ran out of steam, Fahy's conditioning allowed him to push forward and take second place in his heat (8:40.12) and the automatic qualifier.

Competing in the second of the three-heat steeple quarterfinal, Scott Carpenter (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) ran a 14-second PR to finish fifth in the heat with a time of 8:40.14. He stayed among the lead pack and as it thinned out, made sure to stay with the chase pack as Michigan's Mason Ferlic widened the gap on the field, creating a fast second heat that would help Carpenter qualify to Eugene on time.

Saturday on the Track (all times Eastern)
6:30 p.m. -- Women's 1,500-Meter Quarterfinals (Keklak, Weisner)
6:45 p.m. -- Men's 1,500-Meter Quarterfinals (Bile, Brown)
8:05 p.m. -- Women's 5,000-Meter Semifinals (Belf, Coogan, Eastman)
8:45 p.m. -- Men's 5,000-Meter Semifinals (Murray)

The Rundown
• This is the second-consecutive year Joe White has qualified for the 800-meter semifinals at the outdoor championships.
• This is the second-consecutive year Sabrina Southerland has qualified for the 800-meter semifinals at the outdoor championships.
• This is the second-consecutive year Darren Fahy has qualified for the 3,000-meter steeplechase semifinals at the outdoor championships.
• During the 2016 outdoor season, Southerland, Emma Keenan and Sarah Schmidt have all broken 2:04 in the women's 800-meter run for the first time in their GU careers. They join an elite group of Hoya standouts in Trenier (Clement) Moser (2:02.35), Miesha Marzell (2:02.36), Sasha Spencer (2:02.68), Chris Mullen (2:02.72), Tyrona Heath (2:03.81) and Julian Reynolds (2:03.98), all who have run sub-2:04. Keenan, Southerland and Schmidt own the fifth-, sixth- and seventh-best times in GU history currently.
• Keenan ran back-to-back PRs during this NCAA east preliminary championship.
• Scott Carpenter, Keenan and Schmidt will all make their first appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships when they head to Eugene June 8-11.

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