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Beaumont alumna Emily Infeld leads Georgetown to national championship in cross country with fourth-place individual finish nationally

WASHINGTON - The Georgetown women's cross country program won the NCAA National Championships today at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course at the Wabash Valley Sports Family Center in Terre Haute, Ind., hosted by Indiana State University. This is the first national championship in program history for the Hoyas, who took the team title with 162 points in the 31-team field. The Hoyas were followed by Washington (170), Villanova (181), Florida State (189) and Oregon (281). The Georgetown men's team finished 17th (468 points) in a field of 31 teams with Wisconsin winning the men's team title.

"I could not be more proud of this team," Head Women's Cross Country Coach Chris Miltenberg said. "Today was a true team effort. With all the ups and downs throughout September and October, this team never stopped believing that they could do something big. Today was a huge step forward for all of us."

Emily Infeld

The women's team was led by All-American Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) who finished fourth with a time of 19:44.3 over the 6,000-meter race as she split 9:53 at the 3,000-meter mark. Infeld earned her eighth All-America distinction as the top 40 finishers finishers from the race are named All-Americans. All five point scorers for the Hoyas finished in the top 70 overall and the top 50 of team-point scorers.

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Claire Richardson (St. Paul, Minn./The Blake School/Harvard) was the second Hoya to cross the finish line as she finished 50th overall with a time of 20:37.2, tallying 33 points for the team. All-American Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass./Bromfield) finished picked up 36 points for the Blue & Gray as she finished 54th overall with a time of 20:40.5.

The fourth to cross the finish line for the Hoyas was Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass./North Andover), finishing 64th overall and tallying 44 points with a time of 20:45.3. The final point scorer for GU was freshman Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) who came in at an impressive 20:46.3 for 67th place overall, picking up 46 points.

Chambers (L), Neczypor (R)

Other local members of the Hoya team are Magnificat alumna Maddie Chambers and North Royalton grad Hannah Neczypor.

Neczypor was the 192nd runner in overall, finishing 151st in the team race as a non-scorer for Georgetown. 

This is the third-consecutive year that a BIG EAST institution has won the women's cross country national championship with Villanova taking home the title in 2009 and 2010. Georgetown's eight-point margin of victory is the lowest since 2003 when Stanford's 120 points edged out BYU with 128.

Ignatius-Whitmer on 1420-'HK this week

The high school football game - Division I, State Semi Final Game - Saturday November 26th between St. Ignatius High School and Toledo Whitmer High School at Arlin Stadium at Mansfield High School (Mansfield, OH) will air LIVE on WHK-AM 1420 and on www.thesportsking.com at 7:00 PM 
Ed Daugherty (play-by-play) and Mike Gibbons (color) will have the call - LIVE on WHK-AM 14

Wildcats vying to keep championship trophy north of I-90, west of Cuyahoga River for third of last four years; two of five steps still to go

St. Ignatius football has three steps down and two to go to keep the big-school state championship trophy west of the Cuyahoga River, east of the Rocky River and north of I-90 for another year starting with Saturday’s state semifinal game against Whitmer.

The Wildcats will have a tall task against the undefeated team from Toledo after downing Boardman, defending state champ St. Edward and Mentor the first three weeks of the playoff segment of the season. Should they pull off two more wins it would give the championship trophy residence in the extreme northeast quadrant of the West Side for three of the last four years (W. 30th/Lorain 2008, Waterbury/Detroit 2010).

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The only playoff meeting between St Ignatius and Toledo Whitmer took place on Nov 26, 1988, 23 years to the day of Saturday's match-up, in the Division 1 State Semi Final game.

The game was played at the University of Toledo's Glass Bowl despite the fact the OHSAA has had rules to have playoff games at neutral sites this deep in the playoffs.

The Wildcats would jump out to a 28-0 lead at halftime and the game was never in doubt. JR QB Joe Pickens would throw 1 TD pass and RB Peter Fitzpatrick rushed for 155 yards and 3 TDs, pushing the Wildcats in to the State Championship game for the first time.

One week later Iggy won its first state title ever with a win over Princeton, thanks to a fine defensive goal line stand in the Columbus’s Horseshoe.

The last time the Panthers and Wildcats met was during the regular season 17 years ago.

On a muddy field in miserable conditions, the Wildcats ran their 1994 record to 9-1 with a 28-14 win over the host Whitmer Panthers. The Wildcats scored a touchdown in each of the four quarters RB Ramadii Parker scored the opening TD of the game in the first quarter.

Ryan Lavelle had a 4-yard TD run in the second quarter. The Wildcats would get two second half scores including a one-yard run by Tom Rini QB Sean Grady was 15-24 for 226 yards and 1 TD. The Wildcats defense held the Whitmer running game in check, allowing just 48 yards rushing.

This year’s Whitmer team has been averaging a whopping 44 points per game. The Panthers have had only one game this season in which they have scored fewer than 34 points and two with fewer than 35.

One Whitmer player to watch is four-star defensive end recruit Chris Wormley who committed to the Michigan Wolverines [in late July] while on campus attending a barbecue hosted by the coaching staff for committed and uncommitted prospects.

The Wolverines now have 21 commits in their 2012 recruiting class, and 10 of those prospects are from the state of Ohio. Wormley has been a popular recruit, with 10 of the 12 teams in the Big Ten pursuing him. The two schools from which he did not hear were Penn State and Minnesota. Florida, Tennessee, and Alabama also extended offers to him.

Wormley had been considering both Michigan and Ohio State as front-runners for his decision. Being a lifelong Michigan fan, as well as the NCAA sanctions punishing the Buckeyes, he finally made an appropriate decision.

Chris Wormley has been on the radar of college recruits for a couple of years now. Rivals.com has him ranked at 22, and 21st in his state. He also has a 3-star rating. ESPN ranks him at 16 for his position and a four-star scouting rating. His height listed on the two sites is either 6'4" or 6'5", but both have him weighing in at 255 pounds. He is a big guy, which is something that the Michigan defense needs.

The current defensive group at Michigan that seems to be the most improved this season is the front four. That's also the group that needs the most replenishing next season. The only starter to return will be junior defensive end Craig Roh. Seniors Ryan Van Bergen, Mike Martin and Will Heininger are graduating. Meaning - Wormley, and Mentor native Tom Stroebel could see significant playing time next season as freshman