Georgetown University's Katrina Coogan, daughter of 1992 Barcelona Olympic 10,000-meter runner Gwyn Coogan (Exeter '83) found herself in position to change history in the closing stages of the 6,000-meter title race at Indiana State University. The Hoyas (Georgetown) had never won a cross country title, and after a couple of major injures during the season (including All-American Maddie Chambers) during the season, appeared to be long shots against heavy hitters like two-time defending champion Villanova and western powerhouse University of Washington.
As expected, halfway through the race Georgetown was 22 places behind Villanova and 19 behind Washington.
Then the tide began to turn and it looked like the championship might be decided by the final-scoring, fifth place runners, as it often is.
Coogan, running cross country for the first time this Fall (she played soccer at her alma mater, Phillips Exeter Academy, NH), summoned one last rush over the final few hundred meters, oblivious to the the fact how crucial her finishing place would be.via web
But moments later, when it was learned Coogan had defeated both the Washington and Villanova fifth-place runners by double-digit points and secured the crown, the Georgetown women shrieked and jumped up and down with delight.