One for the Thumb - Hopkins Grabs Fifth Straight CC Indoor Title
COLLEGEVILLE, PA – The Johns Hopkins men’s indoor track team won its fourth consecutive Centennial Conference team title by just 12 points in 2016 – a title that wasn’t secure until the final event was completed. Fast forward one year and the Blue Jays left no such drama as they pushed their title-winning streak to five with an 81.5-point margin of victory over runner-up Haverford (193.5-112). The margin of victory is the largest at the Centennial Championships since 2005, when Haverford won by a still league-record 116 points.
Under the guidance of head coach Bobby Van Allen, the Blue Jays used their depth and six first-place finishes in the 18 events to ease their way to the title. Hopkins produced the only individual double-winner in sophomore Grant Mosser, who took gold in the 60-meter hurdles and the Heptathlon, and the first four-time league champion in the pole vault. Looking to the future? Four of the five individual Blue Jay winners this weekend were freshmen and sophomores and three of the four individuals in Hopkins’ first-place 4x400 relay team will be back next year as well.
Mosser became Hopkins’ first 55 or 60-meter hurdles Centennial champion as he clocked in at 8.73 seconds to edged F&M’s A.J. Bates. The Centennial contested the 55-meter hurdles from 1994-2011 before switching to the 60 in 2012.
Mosser went on to set a meet record with 4,710 points in the Heptathlon to win that event by nearly 300 points. He finished either first or second in five of the seven contested events and broke the previous meet record of 4,700 points that was set in 2016 by former Blue Jay Devin Conley; a Johns Hopkins entry has won the event three times in the four years it has been contested at the championship.
Mosser’s first-place finish the Heptathlon led a one-two-three finish for Johns Hopkins in the event as junior Matt Fischetti (4,433 points) and senior Andrew Barnett (4,375) finished second and third, respectively. This was the only event that saw one team produce the top three finishers.
Adding a fourth Centennial Pole Vault title to his already impressive resume was Bartnett, whose jump of 4.36m/14-3.5 was nearly a foot higher than the runner up. Barnett is just the third four-time individual champion in any event in Centennial history as he joins Haverford’s Masilo Grant, who won the triple jump from 1994-97, and the Fords’ Joe Awantang, who won the shot put from 2005-08, on this distinguished list.
Joinging Mosser and Barnett as individual champions for Johns Hopkins were sophomore Alexander Mollick (200-meter dash • 22.86) and freshman Matthew Su (Long Jump • 6.79m/22-3.5). Su was the only freshman to win an individual title in any event at this year’s championship.
Mollick led a one-two finish for the Blue Jays in the 200 as senior Jesse Poore was just behind in 22.97, while Su won the long jump by more than 18 inches and was joined in the top four of that event by Mosser, who checked in at 6.20m/20-4.25, which was good for fourth place. For good measure, Mosser added a third-place finish in the high jump (1.81m/5-11.25) and was joined in the top six by Fischetti (1.81m/5-11.25) and Su (1.76m/5-9.25).
Rounding out Hopkins’ top finishers was the 4x400-relay team of junior Zach Shelley, sophomore Robert Dembinski, freshman Brett Wolfinger and Poore; the team crossed the line in 3:29.56, just under a second faster than runner-up Haverford.
Su (7.05) and Mollick (7.12) also added second and third-place finishes in the 60-meter dash and Su was also fifth in the 200 (23.52). Hopkins also went two-three in the 400-meter dash as Poore (50.49) and Shelley (51.73) combined for 14 points in the event.
A trio of scores in the one mile run – senior Tom Pavarini (4th • 4:18.29) and sophomores Scott Pourshalchi (6th • 4:21.81) and Kevin Peters (7th • 4:24.02) – added nine points to the team tally, a mark that was matched in the 5000-meter run by freshman Alex Glavin (4th • 15:12.83), sophomore Oliver Hickson (6th • 15:22.38) and junior Louis Levine (7th • 15:23.33).
In addition to the first-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay, the Blue Jays were third in the 4x200 and the distance medley relay.
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