Track shines on national stage

February 6, 2014

After a strong showing this past weekend at the Penn State National Invitational, Georgetown’s indoor Track and Field team seems to be heating up at the right time.

On day one, the women’s Distance Medley Relay team competed against the likes of Stanford, Dartmouth, and Duke, finishing fourth overall and less than half a second behind Big East rival Villanova. The team consisted of freshman Sabrina Southerland, freshman Emma Keenan, senior Chelsea Cox and junior Katrina Coogan. The men’s DMR team also had a strong showing and finished fifth place in a tough race that involved the Penn State team breaking both a meet and school record.

The second day of the invitational brought more success for the Hoyas as senior Billy Ledder won the 800-meter race with a time of 1:48.92. Freshman Amos Bartelsmeyer won the men’s 1,000-meter invitational, breaking the meet record in the process. The Hoyas had two more strong performaces from junior Hannah Necyzpor and junior Annamarie Mag, who finished first and second respectively with times of 4:51.76 and 4:52.67 in the women’s mile.

Two weeks after winning Big East Female and Male Track Athletes of the Week, junior Katrina Coogan and freshman Ryan Manahan continued their success. Coogan finished second in the 3,000 meter to Villanova’s Emily Lipari. Manahan finished in second to teammate Bartelsmeyer in the men’s 1,000-meter.

This meet comes one week after the Hoyas won a total of 13 events at their own Hoya Spiked Shoe Club Invitational. The women’s team collected a total of seven first place finishes, while the men’s team had six. The Hoyas will compete this coming weekend at the Valentine Invitational in Boston, Mass.

There are only three more weeks left before the Big East championships, which will take place in New York. When talking to reporters, Georgetown coach Patrick Henner said,”I don’t see any clear cut favorite. … Without a doubt we are going to continue to be on of the very best conferences in the country.”

Villanova coach, Gina Procaccio, said the same thing about the women. “The teams are more even across the board,” she said.

Without a clear favorite on either side, the pressure seems to be mounting on the Hoyas, but if the last two weeks are any indication, this team is heading in the right direction.


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