It’s just over a month away from the NCAA Division I Indoor National meet on March 11-12, but that isn’t slowing down Georgetown’s Men’s Track & Field milers. Friday night at the Boston University Scarlet and White Invitational the four-minute barrier was not merely broken, but shattered.
The Georgetown Hoyas were lead by senior Ahmed Bile who is a seasoned veteran with sub four performances, with this being his fourth time, and clocked at 3:57.84. Senior Cole Williams crossed the line four hundredths of a second later with a time of 3:57.88. Juniors Amos Bartelsmeyer and Michael Lederhouse finished on the heels of the two seniors with times of 3:58.22 and 3:58.42, respectively.
This is an incredible marker of the fitness Georgetown is boasting in its mid distance squad this year, and how they have built upon last year. This is the second year in which the Hoyas have managed to put four athletes under four minutes. What makes it all the more impressive is that all these athletes managed to go under 3:59 collectively. For the four to be in such incredible shape at this point is nothing short of excellent, but that they managed to do it together just makes the performance all the more spectacular.
Even though these times are fast, one can’t safely say they’ll be at Indoor Nationals considering the cut off last year was 3:58.25. It really stretches the mind to think that in just the 2009-10 season a 3:57.62 led the NCAA Division I Performance List. At this point in time, there is no competing at Nationals without be over a second and a half under four minutes. It’s getting tougher and tougher to be a top collegiate athlete, but it’s a great time to be a fan. The same teams remain a threat for the team titles, but let’s not lose track of the Georgetown Hoyas come March.