Hopkins Wins Fourth-Straight Centennial Outdoor Championships With Record Points
BALTIMORE, MD –
• Score: 269.5 points · First of nine
• Location: Baltimore, MD · Johns Hopkins University
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins men’s track & field team won its fourth-straight Centennial Conference Championships, amassing 269.5 points, the most points in Centennial Championship history. Hopkins captured six titles on the final day of competition, led by Alex Mollick who won both the 100 meter and 200 meter dash and ran the second leg of the 4x400 meter relay, which won gold to close out the 2017 Centennial Conference Championships.
How it Happened
• Senior Tom Boucher earned the gold in the javelin throw, marking a distance of 59.38m, the second throw of more than 59.0m in his career, just 0.41m shy of his personal record. Boucher’s throw ranks 24th in the country among DIII athletes. Four Blue Jays claimed spots eight through 11, with Andrew Bartnett throwing 47.60m, Alex Luera recording a distance of 44.03m, Stephen Brao posting 43.87m and Matt Fischetti recording 43.78m on his lone fair throw of the day.
• In the 4x100 meter relay, the Hopkins team of Jesse Poore, Alexander Mollick, Eric Alimena and Rafael Ferguson earned a second-place finish with a time of 43.20, just 0.33 seconds off of the first-place finishers from Muhlenberg.
• Scott Pourshalchi led the Blue Jays in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 3:59.06 for a third-place finish. Kevin Peters and Ted Oh rounded out the top three for Hopkins, finishing seventh with a time of 4:03.62 and 11th in 4:07.38, respectively.
• In the 110 meter hurdles, Charlie Guan earned the silver and Grant Mosser claimed the bronze with times of 15.57 and 15.71, respectively. Bartnett and Matt Su finished fourth and fifth with times of 16.36 and 16.68.
• Mitchell Keller led Hopkins in the shot put, throwing 13.59m for fifth place. David Nessenson threw 13.42m for seventh place, while Zach Jacobson finished with a mark of 12.11m.
• Su finished fourth as the long Blue Jay in the triple jump, bounding out to a distance of 12.63m on his final attempt.
• Poore and Zach Shelley won first and second in the 400 meter dash with personal record times of 49.08 and 49.51, respectively.
• In the 100 meter dash, Mollick and Ilan Rich captured first and third place. Mollick topped the field with a time of 10.64, just 0.12 seconds off of the Centennial Championships record, while Rich recorded a time of 10.97. Ferguson, Su, Alimena and Bartnett also competed in the finals, finishing fourth through seventh with times of 11.00, 11.10, 11.17 and 11.30.
• A pair of Blue Jays competed in the 800 meter run finals, Brett Wolfinger finished fourth with a time of 1:56.14, and Oh recorded a time of 2:00.11 in the race.
• Mosser earned the 400 meter hurdles title with a time of 54.82, 1.65 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Shelley won the bronze with a time of 56.84.
• Hopkins swept first and second in the 200 meter dash. Mollick earned the title with a time of 22.02. Poore finished second with a time of 22.24.
• PJ Murray led the Blue Jays in the 5,000 meter run, finishing eighth with a time of 15:39.88. Ollie Hickson also finished inside the top 10 with a time of 15:40.64. Liam Wall, Alex Doran and Panth Patel rounded out the top five JHU runners, posting times of 15:46.89, 15:48.25 and 15:48.41.
• In the final race of the day, the team of Poore, Mollick, Dembinski and Shelley ran a powerful 4x400 meter relay, winning goal by 0.31 seconds with a time of 3:22.26.
• The Blue Jays will participate in last chance meets at Swarthmore and Widener May 15 through May 18.
• Qualifying Hopkins athletes will compete in the NCAA Championships May 25 through May 27 in Geneva, OH.