Depth Fuels Hopkins' Third Straight Centennial Outdoor Title
CARLISLE, PA -- The Johns Hopkins men's track team made an emphatic statement to close the 2016 Centennial Conference Championships on Sunday at Dickinson. With a third consecutive title in hand, the Blue Jays won the 4x400-meter relay in a virtual photo-finish to close the championship with 222 points and that third straight title.
Hopkins broke the school record for points at the championship (previous record was 209.5 in 2014) and bettered runner-up Haverford by 48 points (174 points). Franklin & Marshall (77 points), Swarthmore (71) and Muhlenberg (71) rounded out the top five in the team scoring. The 222 points for the Blue Jays are the most by a team at the championship since Haverford had 223 in 2004.
As they had during the first two days of the championship, the Blue Jays flashed their depth on Sunday's final day of competition. In the 11 non-relay events on the final day, Hopkins had multiple scorers in seven of the 11 and crowned two individual champions and won both relays.
The Blue Jays opened the day with a first-place showing in the 4x100-meter relay (43.13) and closed out the team's third straight team title with a win the 4-x400-meter relay (3:23.39); the top five teams in the 4x400 all finished within 1.51 seconds of each other with Hopkins' team of Jesse Poore, Daniel Camous, Ray Isales and Dominic Yared edging runner-up Dickinson by .52 seconds.
The Blue Jays' other individual winner on Sunday was freshman Grant Mosser, who became Hopkins' first-ever gold medalist in the 400-meter hurdles with a winning time of 55.11. In addition to the 10 team points Hopkins got from Mosser in the event, the Blue Jays also had sophomore Florian Pontani place third (56.99) to earn six more points. Mosser was also third in the 110-meter hurdles (15.41) to close out a strong championship weekend.
A 17-point showing in the 100-meter dash came on the strength of four finishers in the top eight. Freshmen Rafael Ferguson (10.94) and Alexander Mollick (11.0) and sophomore Rich Ilan (11.14) went three-four-five, while Isales was seventh (11.26).
Other top-three performances for the Blue Jays on Sunday included a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash from Poore (49.95) and a third-place showing in the same event from Camous (50.42), a third-place finish in the 1,500-meter run by freshman Scott Pourschalchi (3:57.13) and a bronze showing from Poore in the 200-meter dash (22.34).
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