Both the Georgetown No. 22 men’s and women’s cross-country teams will travel to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y. to compete in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships.
The Hoyas come off a very strong performance in the Big East Championships, with the men’s team defending its 2015 Championship by winning the meet and the women’s team placing third.
The Regional Championships come only one week before the national meet this season. Coach Bonsey spoke about his game plan to run hard, but still maintain energy for next week.
“We’ll run a pretty conservative race,” Coach Bonsey said. “It’s a delicate balance there, because you don’t want to be exhausted coming out of the regional meet, but we also have to punch our ticket and qualify. So we’ll run pretty conservatively, but, at the end of the day, we’ll put ourselves in good position.”
The men’s team has been led all season by senior Scott Carpenter, who came in second place overall in the Big East Championship meet, crossing the finish line at 24:28.7 and scoring two points for the Hoyas. Flashing his potential all season, Carpenter solidified his status as a national contender with his performance at the 2016 Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational. He finished at 13th place with a time of 24:07.0 in the 8-kilometer race.
Senior Amos Bartelsmeyer also looks to continue his impressive season for the Hoyas. In the Big East Championship meet, Bartelsmeyer captured fifth place overall by running a time of 24:45.1. Bartelsmeyer has been consistent from the very beginning of the season but has picked up his intensity in recent meets. In the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, he finished with a time of 24:53.4, coming in 84th overall.
Graduate student Michael Lederhouse showed his poise and leadership on the course at the Big East Championship meet, claiming ninth place with a time of 24:59.7. His performance helped solidify Georgetown’s Big East victory repeat.
Coach Bonsey expressed confidence in his team before the meet this weekend.
“The goal is qualify here, make sure everyone is healthy,” Coach Bonsey said. “I just want to see good effort in the race, follow the plan, and we have talented guys who are ready to go, so we’ll be fine.”
On the women’s side, junior Kennedy Weisner has enjoyed a breakout season. In the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, she finished in 101st place with a time of 21:26.5. Weisner carried this momentum into the Big East Championship meet, leading the Hoyas with a time of 21:33.9 in the 6-kilometer race.
Finishing 112th with a time of 21:33.6 at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, junior Autumn Eastman is another standout, especially for her leadership and consistency throughout the season. Eastman continued her strong showing at the Big East Championship, as she was the second Hoya to cross the finish line with a time of 21:45.2 — a showing that put her at 11th place.
Some of the newer members of the team, including freshman Paige Hofstad, have taken the cross-country stage by storm. Hofstad showed her mettle in the Big East Championship by capturing 14th place with a time of 21:52.4.
After Regionals, both the Georgetown No. 22 men’s and women’s cross-country teams will regroup for the 2016 NCAA Championships in Terre-Haute, Ind. on Nov 19.
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