July 27, 2017
WASHINGTON - Georgetown's Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant) was named one of the BIG EAST Conference's 2016-17 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards, which recognize academic and athletic achievement as well as community service.
Donaghu, who starts her senior campaign this fall, earned the distinction in women's outdoor track & field. She is the third women's track & field athlete to garner the sport excellence honor in four years as Katrina Coogan got the nod in 2016 (indoor track & field) and Amanda Kimbers earned the accolade in 2014 (outdoor track & field).
Donaghu, a psychology major, was the third leg on the championship women's 4x800-meter relay squad at the 2017 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships. It was Donaghu's third BIG EAST crown across all seasons. The Hoyas captured their 11th BIG EAST women's 4x800-meter title in program history and third in a row. In addition, the All-American picked up points for the Blue & Gray with a seventh-place showing in the women's 1,500-meter run.
Donaghu was one of 14 Hoyas to earn a spot at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field East Preliminary Championships, where she closed her season, competing in the 1,500-meter run. GU boasted a competitor in every middle distance and distance event on both the men's and women's side.
The Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards are given to one student-athlete in each BIG EAST-sponsored sport based on academic credentials, athletic accolades or performances and volunteer service to the community. Student-athletes who have attained junior academic standing and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 are eligible. The winners are chosen by the BIG EAST Faculty Athletics Representative Council.