BALTIMORE, MD. -- Under the guidance of head coach Bobby Van Allen, the Johns Hopkins men's indoor track & field team will open its season on December 2 at the Diplomat Open in search of its sixth straight Centennial Conference indoor title.
Hopkins was a unanimous selection at number one, earning all eight first-place votes (coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team) notching 64 points overall. Haverford earned the remaining first-place vote and 57 points overall while Muhlenberg rounded out the top-three with 40 points.
JHU returns a number of athletes from last year's team including Grant Mosser, Matt Fischetti, Alex Mollick and Matthew Su. Mosser became Hopkins' first 55 or 60-meter hurdles Centennial Champion last year and set a meet record in the Heptathlon, scoring 4,710 points in the event. Fischetti finished second in the Heptathlon while Su and Mollick won the long jump and 200-meter dash, respectively. Zach Shelley, Rob Dembinski, and Brett Wolfinger also return as the trio were members of the 4x400-relay team which claimed the top spot at the CC Championship last year.
Overall, Johns Hopkins returns seven All-Centennial athletes from last season while Su was named the indoor Outstanding Rookie, becoming the first Blue Jay since 2014 to win the award.
2017-18 Centennial Conference Men's Indoor Track & Field Preseason Poll
Rk. School Points (1st)
1. Johns Hopkins - 64 (8)
2. Haverford - 57 (1)
3. Muhlenberg - 40
4. Dickinson - 39
5. Swarthmore - 38
6. Ursinus - 31
7. Gettysburg - 26
8. Franklin & Marshall - 21
9. McDaniel - 8