Johns Hopkins Men's Outdoor Track Team Grabs Second Straight Centennial Title
ALLENTOWN, PA -- The Johns Hopkins men's outdoor track team made it two straight Centennial Conference titles as the Blue Jays totaled 175 points to easily hold off runner-up Haverford (121 points) in the race for the team title at Muhlenberg College on Sunday. Franklin & Marshall (100), Ursinus (94) and Gettysburg (88) rounded out the top five in the team scoring.
The second straight title comes on the heels of a pair of runner-up finishes in 2012 and 2013 and the Blue Jays' 54-point margin of victory is 11.5 points better than last season's 42.5 point margin.
Entering the final day with 98 points and already sitting in first place, the Blue Jays methodically built that lead throughout the day. While they didn't dominate and roll up an extensive amount of points in any single event on Sunday, they scored in all 13 and had multiple placers in four events to build their 77 points on the day.
After earning a single-scorer in the first five events of the day, including a fourth-place finish from Ryan Walsh in the 110-meter hurdles (16.20), Hopkins got third and eighth-place showings in the javelin from Tom Boucher (179'-01") and Matt Kosarek (165'11").
A third-place finish from Michael Spadaro followed in the triple jump (44'-11.75"), setting the stage for back-to-back events in which Hopkins had a pair of top-six finishers.
In the 100-meter dash, senior Alex Naticchia clocked in at 11.19 seconds to place fourth, while freshman Ilan Rich was sixth in 11.35.
A runner-up finish by Trevor Holmgren (1:53.28), a fifth-place effort by Andrew Carey (1:56.81) and a seventh-place showing by Sam Gottuso (2:01.82) in the 800 followed and set the stage for a strong finish in the final four events.
Freshman Florian Pontani crossed the line in the 400-meter hurdles in 56.77 to place third, while Naticchia added his second fourth-place finish of the day when he clocked in at 22.56 in the 200-meter dash. At that point, the Blue Jays were all but assured of their second straight team title.
Still, Hopkins finished strong as freshman Panth Patel and junior Schaffer Ochstein placed fourth and seventh, respectively, in the 5000-meter run. Patel missed a third-place finish by less than one second as he crossed in 15:28.07, while Occhstein wasn't far behind at 15:34.45.
An exciting 4x400-meter relay ended with Hopkins claiming silver as the team of Daniel Camous, Jesse Poore, Trevor Holmgren and Carey were through in 3:20.74, just over a second behind the gold-medal team from Ursinus.
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