Ranked number one in the preseason polls, Georgetown rode the ups and downs of the cross country season to end the campaign as national champions.
Behind the fourth place finish of Emily Infeld, the Hoyas scored 162 team points to narrowly edge out Washington in second with 170 points. Two-time defending championships Villanova was third with 181 points and pre-race favorite Florida State grabbed the last spot on the podium with 189 points.
Senior Claire Richardson and junior Emily Jones finished close together in 50th and 54th places, respectively. Junior Kirsten Kasper was next for the Hoyas in 64th place with freshman Katrina Coogan rounding out the five scorers in 67th place.
Georgetown started the season unspectacularly with a fourth place finish at the Paul Short Run and runner-up placing at Pre-Nationals.The Hoyas didn’t begin finding their stride until the ladder portion of the season when they finished third at the tough Big East conference meet and tied for first with Villanova at the Mid-Atlantic Regional.
The strong performances earned head coach Chris Miltenberg’s team the fourth spot in the USTFCCCA coaches poll prior to Monday’s race.
This is the first national title for the Georgetown women’s squad. The team previously finished third on three occasions – in 1992, 1993, and 2001.
Find complete women’s results here.