– The Georgetown University cross country teams are set for their second race of the 2018 fall season as they head to Madison, Wisconsin for the Nuttycombe Invitational, hosted by the University of Wisconsin. Both the men's and women's squads will compete in the Championship Races while another contingent of Hoyas will run in the men's and women's B races. This will be the Blue & Gray's first true test of the season as they clash against six of the top-10 schools in the country.
The No. 27-ranked women's squad is coming off a third-place finish at Penn State's Spiked Shoe Invitational in State College, Pennsylvania a few weeks ago. Competing in the Women's B Race as individual runners will be Olivia Arizin
(Media, Pennsylvania. / Cardinal O'Hara) and Kayla Grahn
(La Canada Flintridge, Calif. / Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy). The Women's Championship Race will feature Paige Hofstad
(New Braunfels, Texas / New Braunfels), who is coming off a third-place overall finish at Penn State, top-15 finishers Katie Dammer
(Clarks Summit, Pa. / Abington Heights) and Margie Cullen
(Needham, Mass. / Needham), as well as Alyssa Aldridge
(Linwood, N.J. / Mainland Regional) who will all be looking to score points for the Hoyas. Sophomore Martha MacDonald
(Toronto, Ontario / Havergal College) and junior Meg Mathison
(Middleton, Wis. / Waunakee / Carleton College) will look to start their fall on a high note as they make their season debuts for the Blue & Gray.
"We are ready to have our first real test of the season as a team and are looking to see who will step up and race in our top five," Director of Track & Field / Cross Country J
ulie Culley said. "We are grateful to have the opportunity to preview the NCAA course and are excited to add to the lineup newcomer and Madison native, Meg Mathison
, as well as the return of 2017 NCAA qualifier, Martha MacDonald
. We hope to mix it up with some the best teams in the NCAA and gain momentum heading into October."
The men's team is coming off a fifth-place finish at the Spiked Shoe Invitational and will look to rebound as it faces their toughest competition of the season thus far. The Hoyas will be running five men in the Men's B Race, which include Joshua Bell
(Nashville, Tenn. / Brentwood Academy), Johnathan Chavez
(Knoxville, Tenn. / Knoxville Catholic), Eion Nohilly
(Eugene, Ore. / South Eugene), Jack Salisbury
(Rumford, R.I. / La Salle Academy), and Dylan Scarsone
(Anaheim, Calif. / Canyon).
The Hoyas will also feature seven runners in the Men's Championship Race, including All-Americans Spencer Brown
(Wilton, Conn. / Wilton) and Nick Wareham
(Woodbury, Minn. / Woodbury). Also competing for points are Ty Brownlow
(Liverpool, N.Y. / Liverpool), who turned in a top-20 finish for the Blue & Gray at Penn State, as well as Matthew Bouthillette
(North Providence, R.I. / La Salle Academy), Rusty Kujdych
(Feasterville Trevose, Pa. / Neshaminy), Christian Liddell
(Rogers, Ark. / Rogers), and Jack Van Scoter
(Pasadena, Calif. / Flintridge Prep).
"We are excited to get out and compete on the course that is hosting the NCAA Championships this year," Head Men's Cross Country Coach Brandon Bonsey
said. "Six of the seven guys racing in the Championship race will be making their season debuts so it will be fun to see where they are. Practice has been great, but you don't fully know where you are until you race. We will certainly have our hands full with the competition as six of the top-10 ranked teams in the country will be racing. I'm excited to see where we stack up early in the season with the best teams in the NCAA and learning more about what we need to do to get better."
FloTrack will be streaming the meet live on September 28 starting at noon ET for the B races while the Championship races will begin at 1:20 p.m. ET. The video stream, which requires a subscription, can be found here
Following Nuttycombe, Georgetown will return to State College, Pennsylvania for the Penn State National meet, hosted by Penn State University on Oct. 12.