– The Georgetown University cross country teams enter their first round of postseason races as they head to Carmel, Indiana for the BIG EAST Championships this Saturday, hosted by Butler University. The women's 6K race is slated for 11 a.m. while the men's 8K race begins at 11:50 a.m. The Hoyas will be running at the Northview Church Course, which is the second time the BIG EAST has held its championship since the initial meet in 2014.
The men's team is coming off a fifth-place finish at the Penn State National meet in State College, Pennsylvania two weeks ago and will have its sights set on a rare four-peat performance joining only Providence College as the only two institutions to accomplish such a feat. The Hoyas will have a full-strength squad on hand featuring 10 runners in the men's 8K, including top finishers from the Penn State meet, Jack Van Scoter
(Pasadena, Calif. / Flintridge Prep) and All-American Nick Wareham
(Woodbury, Minn. / Woodbury). Looking to follow suit are All-American Spencer Brown
(Wilton, Conn. / Wilton), Christian Liddell
(Rogers, Ark. / Rogers), Adam Barnard
(Gray, Tenn. / Daniel Boone), Reilly Bloomer
(Eugene, Ore. / South Eugene), Matthew Bouthillette
(North Providence, R.I. / La Salle Academy), as well as Rusty Kujdych
(Feasterville Trevose, Pa. / Neshaminy). Eion Nohilly
(Golden's Bridge, N.Y. / John Jay) and Jack Salisbury
(Rumford, R.I. / La Salle Academy) will also be competing for points for the Blue & Gray.
"We are excited to line up our full group tomorrow at the BIG EAST meet," said Head Men's Cross Country Coach Brandon Bonsey
. "We haven't raced at full strength this fall, so tomorrow should be fun. Each team in the conference will raise their game and we need to be ready to do the same."
The women's squad ran to a 13th-place finish at Penn State back on Oct. 12 and will look to ride their momentum heading into one of their toughest tests of the season. In the Women's 6K Race, Paige Hofstad
(New Braunfels, Texas / New Braunfels) hopes to continue her impressive stretch of top-tier finishes. Also seeking points for the Hoyas are Katie Dammer
(Clarks Summit, Pa. / Abington Heights), Margie Cullen
(Needham, Mass. / Needham), Katherine Modrall
(Carmel, Ind. / Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory), Meg Mathison
(Middleton, Wis. / Waunakee / Carleton College) and Kayla Grahn
(La Canada Flintridge, Calif. / Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy). Making their season debuts for the Blue & Gray are Sami Corman
(Bellevue, Wash. / Issaquah) and Madeline Perez
(Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Glenbard West).
"BIG EAST is always a great fight with some strong nationally-ranked programs," said Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Julie Culley
. "The women know what is expected of them and we will look to improve upon our team finish from last year."
The 2018 BIG EAST Championships will be streamed live by the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) on the Fox Sports GO app. To watch BEDN, download the FOX Sports GO app for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire tablets and phones and select Windows devices to view BEDN games on-the-go. The app also supports Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast. The FOX Sports GO platform can also be accessed at FOXSportsGO.com on desktops. A cable provider's login is required to access FOXSportsGo on a desktop.
Full coverage of both the men's and women's races begins at 10:55 a.m. ET. The broadcast link can be found here
The Hoyas return to action on Friday, Nov. 9, as they travel once again to State College, Pennsylvania for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships, hosted by Penn State University.