A Full Slate of Action on Tap for Hopkins Athletics This Weekend
JHU Accumulates Program-Record 789.5 Points
Robinson Breaks 36-Year-Old Program Record
Women's Cross Country National Title Fuels Third-Place Showing
Julian Saliani Breaks Program Record in 3,000 Meters
Bobby Van Allen enters his 15th season as head coach of the men and women's cross country and track teams. Competing in the Centennial Conference, both the men and women's teams have made steady climbs toward the top during Van Allen's tenure, with several athletes competing in the NCAA Division III Championship meet and also gaining All-America as well as Academic All-America honors.
In 2012, Van Allen's earned USTFCAAA National Coach of the Year as his women's cross country team captured the National Championship by an incredible margin of 63 points, becoming the first women's team in Hopkins history in any sport to win a national title. It was also the first Division III national title for Hopkins since men's swimming in 1979. The men's cross country also had an impressive NCAA meet, finishing a program-best 20th overall.
Van Allen has been named the Centennial Conference Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year three times and has been honored as NCAA Mideast Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year five times by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The Hopkins men's cross-country team finished in third-place at the Centennial Conference Championship meet in 2007, which they duplicated in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. The men have been solid contenders in the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship with seventh-place finishes in 2009 and 2010. In 2011 they qualified for the NCAA championships as a team for the first time since 1977.
The Hopkins women's cross country team first served notice in 2006 and 2007 with third-place finishes in the Centennial Conference Championships. They have dominated ever since with five consecutive team championships from 2008 through 2012. They have also won the NCAA Mideast Championship five straight years.
The Hopkins men's track team has had considerable improvement under Van Allen, finishing in the top three in the Centennial Conference the past three years and winning the conference indoor title for the first time in school history in 2013. The Blue Jays have qualified several individual men who have competed in the NCAA Championships.
The Hopkins women's track team earned its first Centennial Conference track and field title in the outdoor season of 2010, and have now won 7 consecutive titles between both the indoor and outdoor seasons. They have become more dominant each year, capturing the 2013 outdoor crown by an astounding 181 points over the second place team. In 2013, they also claimed 10 individual and 2 relay team gold medals along with 5 second and 7 third place medals.
Coach Van Allen was twice named the Centennial Women's Track Coach of the Year and has also been honored as NCAA Mideast Women's Track Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Van Allen joined the Hopkins coaching staff in 1999 as an assistant assigned to the development of distance runners. He became the head coach in the fall of 1999 and the first full-time head coach in the history of the program in 2002. Among his many accomplishments as head coach, Van Allen has bolstered the size of the women's team and brought in top-level recruits who have prospered under his system as the school continues to move up the team rankings on the national level. Nine women athletes have earned All America status in track and cross-country under Coach Van Allen's tutelage.
Van Allen's coaching career began in the fall of 1998 at the University of Maryland, where he was a volunteer assistant coach after having had a highly successful career in the sport at Maryland.
He earned a BS in kinesiological sciences with a bio-physical option while competing in cross-country and track. As a Terrapin, he earned All-East cross country accolades and was a finalist at the ACC Championships in the 1500 meter run. He has earned a coach's diploma from the USTFCCCA and holds a Level 1 Coaching Certificate from USATF.