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Bobby Van Allen enters his 14th season as head coach of the men's and women's cross country and track teams. Competing in the Centennial Conference, both the men's 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.
The Hopkins men's track team has shown good progress in the past few years, finishing as high as third-place indoors and outdoors in 2008, fourth in both meets in 2011 and second indoors and outdoors in 2012. The Blue Jays have qualified several individual men who have competed in the NCAA Championships.
The Hopkins women's track team began its drive to the conference championships in 2007 with a second-place finish in the Centennial Conference Indoor Track Championships. They were also second indoors in 2008, 2009, and 2010 before taking the title in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Outdoors, they improved from third in 2008 and second in 2009, before capturing the outdoor crown for the first time in 2010. They again won the outdoor track title in 2011 and dominated both indoors and outdoors in 2012. In winning the 2012 outdoor team title, the Blue Jay women had a 92 ½ point margin over the second-place team and won 15 individual 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.
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 and 2010. 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.
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 four consecutive team championships from 2008 through 2011. They have won the NCAA Mideast Championship four straight years and finished a program-best seventh in the NCAA Division III National Championship meet in 2009 and 2010.
Coach 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 four times 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.
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