May 12, 2018
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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University track & field program closed the 2018 BIG EAST Championships presented by Jeep on a strong note, tallying six titles on the final day in Geneva, Ohio. For his efforts, All-American Amos Bartelsmeyer (St. Louis, Mo./St. Louis Country Day) was named the BIG EAST Championships Outstanding Male Track Performer and Taylor Williams (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham/Clemson), with a pair of wins and a third-place relay finish, was the recipient of the Female High Point Performer Award with 21.5 points. Additionally, Bryan Bjerk (Grand Forks, N.D./Red River/Minnesota) set a new school record as he became the second Hoya ever to win the discus throw at the BIG EAST Championships. With 111 points, the men finished fourth while the women's 90 points placed them fifth overall.
"We had a truly exceptional weekend as a team and we keep adding more points to the total team tally each championships we contest," Director of Track & Field Julie Culley said. "We walked away from today reaching a best case points scenario and overall team finish for both the men's and women's squad and that's the momentum we need as we continue to build the program."
Bartelsmeyer topped the men's 800-meter field as he clocked 1:49.50 with teammate Ruach Padhal (London, Ont./John Paul II Catholic) on his shoulder in second place as the duo tallied 18 points in the event. Bartelsmeyer's 800m win extended GU's streak to six-consecutive titles. Bartelsmeyer would then go on to anchor the 4x800-meter championship squad of Charles Cooper (Montreal, Quebec/Lower Canada College), Joshua Bell (Nashville, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) and Jack Salisbury (Rumford, R.I./La Salle Academy) to a time of 7:38.39.
"Amos Bartelsmeyer winning the overall Male Track Performer of the Meet for his wins in the 800m and 4x800m is agreat honor and an incredible way to cap his final BIG EAST Championship," Culley continued.
Williams pulled off the short sprints double as she won the 100- and 200-meter dashes with respective times of 11.81 and 24.17. She also added a third-place finish in the women's 4x100-meter relay as the foursome of Jody-Ann Knight (Bentonville, Ark./Bentonville), Williams, Cassidy Palmer (Bloomfield, Conn./Bloomfield) and Malika Houston (Charleston, W.Va./George Washington HS) managed a time of 46.55.
"Taylor Williams winning the Female High Point Performer Award off of winning the 100 and 200 as well as the podium-finish in the 4x100m is such a testament to her patience, drive and future in the program," Culley added.
On the men's side, Nate Alleyne (Downingtown, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) captured the 200-meter dash crown as he clocked 21.11. Alleyne also turned in a second-place showing in the men's 400-meter dash with a time of 47.62. With his 200m win, Alleyne won the third outdoor 200m title in program history and is the lone Hoya to ever complete the 200m sweep having also won the indoor title back in February.
In the field events, Bryan Bjerk (Grand Forks, N.D./Red River/Minnesota) became just the second Hoya in program history to win the discus throw at the conference meet, joining Doug Epps who won the title in 1995. His throw of 54.57m [179' 0"] is a new school record, eclipsing Sean Flynn's record (174' 2") dating back to 1999.
Georgetown totaled 15 podium performances on the day, including a personal best (PB) effort from Shannon Meisberger (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) in the 400-meter hurdles, where she broke the minute mark for the first time in her career. Michael Crozier (Arlington, Va./Gonzaga) made the podium with a third-place finish in the men's 5,000-meter run. Houston's 13.96 in the women's 100-meter hurdles was a new PB for the freshman.
The Blue & Gray will continue the season May 24-26 when the Hoyas travel to Tampa, Florida for the 2018 NCAA Track & Field Championships East Preliminary.
2018 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships Final Standings
Men: 1. Marquette (234.50); 2. Villanova (183.50); 3. DePaul (132); 4. Georgetown (111); 5. Butler (103); 6. Providence (49); 7. Xavier (32)
Women: 1. Villanova (196); 2. DePaul (171); 3. Marquette (162); 4. St. John's (141); 5. Georgetown (90); 6. Butler (36); 7. Providence (29); 8. Xavier (27)
Georgetown Results at 2018 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Women's 100-Meter Dash
1. Taylor Williams, 11.81 (10)
4. Jody-Ann Knight, 11.99 (5)
8. Cassidy Palmer, 12.62 (1)
Men's 200-Meter Dash
1. Nate Alleyne, 21.11 (10)
Women's 200-Meter Dash
1. Taylor Williams, 24.17 (10)
6. Jody-Ann Knight, 24.69 (3)
Men's 400-Meter Dash
2. Nate Alleyne, 47.62 (8)
7. Kino Cheltenham, 49.07 (2)
Men's 800-Meter Run
1. Amos Bartelsmeyer, 1:49.50 (10)
2. Ruach Padhal, 1:49.75 (8)
Women's 800-Meter Run
5. Piper Donaghu, 2:12.25 (4)
7. Olivia Arizin, 2:12.59 (2)
Men's 1,500-Meter Run
3. Spencer Brown, 4:03.68 (6)
4. Jack Salisbury, 4:04.23 (5)
6. Joshua Bell, 4:05.31 (3)
7. Nick Wareham, 4:05.83 (2)
12. Rey Rivera, 4:09.40
8. Aleta Looker, 4:32.72 (1)
Men's 5,000-Meter Run
3. Michael Crozier, 14:26.59 (6)
Women's 5,000-Meter Run
10. Autumn Eastman, 17:19.74
11. Kayla Grahn, 17:51.40
Women's 100-Meter Hurdles
3. Malika Houston, 13.96 (6)
Men's 400-Meter Hurdles
6. Lawrence Leake, 56.21 (3)
Women's 400-Meter Hurdles
2. Shannon Meisberger, 59.88 (8)
Women's 4x100-Meter Relay
3. Jody-Ann Knight / Taylor Williams / Cassidy Palmer / Malika Houston, 46.55 (6)
Men's 4x400-Meter Relay
3. Quincey Wilson / Kino Cheltenham / Rey Rivera / Nate Alleyne, 3:18.44 (6)
Women's 4x400-Meter Relay
4. Shannon Meisberger / Jody-Ann Knight / Oliva Arizin / Piper Donaghu, 3:47.73 (5)
Men's 4x800-Meter Relay
1. Charles Cooper / Joshua Bell / Jack Salisbury / Amos Bartelsmeyer, 7:38.39 (10)
Women's 4x800-Meter Relay
2. Aleta Looker / Kate Gobi / Meredith Rizzo / Margie Cullen, 8:54.03 (8)
Men's Triple Jump
4. Sean Waterton, 14.40m [47' 3"] (5)
Men's Discus Throw
1. Bryan Bjerk, 54.57m [179' 00"] (10)
Men's Shot Put
5. Bryan Bjerk, 14.48m [47' 6.25"] (6)