Women's Cross Country NCAA Title, Five Other NCAA Teams Lead to Top Ranking
Sophia Meehan (6th), Caroline Smith (12th) and Tess Meehan (35th) Earn All-America Honors
Blue Jays Will Look to Capture Another National Title Saturday at 11:00am (CT)
Senior Will Close Out his Cross Country Career in Winneconne, Wisconsin
Louis Levine's Fourth Place Finish Paces Hopkins
Bobby Van Allen recently completed his 18th year as head coach of the men and women's cross country and track teams at Johns Hopkins. His teams have ascended to the top of the Centennial Conference with his six programs combining to win 34 league titles since 2008, while he has nine NCAA Mideast Regional Women’s Cross Country and four NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country national championships to his credit as well. In addition to the team accompishments, Van Allen’s student-athletes have earned dozens of individual national, regional, and conference titles, while the Blue Jay track and cross country programs have also produced All-Americans, Academic All-Americans and NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients under his direction.
Women’s Cross Country
• With their most recent national championship in 2017, the women now count five of the last six titles to their credit, including three straight from 2012-2014. The 2012 team became the first women's team in Hopkins history in any sport to win a national title and was also the first Division III national title for Hopkins since men's swimming in 1979.
• After successfully defending the title in 2013, Hopkins became the first team since the 2000 and 2001 seasons to repeat as NCAA Champions and the Blue Jays were ranked No. 1 in the country the entire season. In 2014, the team captured its third consecutive title, becoming the first program to three-peat since SUNY Cortland won four straight titles from 1992-95.
• In addition to the five national championships, the Blue Jays have also won 10 straight Centennial Conference titles and 10 consecutive NCAA Mideast Championships.
• From 2012-2014 Van Allen earned three straight USTFCAAA National Coach of the Year honors. He also earned the award in 2016 and 2017.
• Van Allen has been named the Centennial Conference Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year five times.
Men’s Cross Country
• The 2017 team earned the program's highest-ever national ranking as JHU was ranked third in the country. The Blue Jays finished second in the Centennial Conference, third in the region and 17th at the NCAA Championships.
• In 2016, the team won the Mideast Regional Championship for the second time while earning the program’s best finish at the NCAAs with an eighth-place finish. The Jays earned back-to-back second-place finishes at the Centennial Conference Championships in 2014 and 2015, while finishing third and fourth at regionals, respectively.
• The Hopkins men's cross-country team put together the best season in school history under Van Allen's leadership in 2013, winning the school's first-ever Centennial Conference and Mideast Regional Titles. The Centennial Championship was the first conference title for Johns Hopkins in men's cross country since 1953, and the Jays received the highest ranking in school history shortly after in the USTFCCCA Poll (No. 8). The team capped off the historic season with an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Championships and produced the program’s first All-American since 1991.
• Van Allen was named the Centennial Coach of the Year and NCAA Mideast Coach of the Year for the first time on the men's side in 2013 and garnered his second selection in 2016.
Women’s Track & Field
• The Blue Jays swept the conference championships for the third year in a row in 2016-17 and Van Allen was honored as the Mideast Women’s Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA, winning the award for the fourth time in six seasons.
• The Hopkins women's track team earned its first Centennial Conference track and field title in the outdoor season of 2010, and have now won thirteen consecutive titles between both the indoor and outdoor seasons. The Blue Jays have become more dominant each year, capturing the 2013 outdoor crown by an astounding 181 points over the second-place team. In 2014, they claimed nine individual and two relay team gold medals along with two second and seven third place medals en-route to their fifth straight outdoor title.
• Coach Van Allen has been named the Centennial Women's Track Coach of the Year seven times (three indoor / four outdoor) and has also been honored as NCAA Mideast Women's Track Coach of the Year nine times by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Men’s Track and Field
• The men’s track eams have swept the Centennial Conference Championships the past three seasons, combining to win all six titles.
• The team won the 2016-17 titles in dominate fashion, as the outdoor team won the Centennial Conference Championship with a conference-record 269.5 points, and captured the indoor title by an 81.5-point margin, which is the second largest margin of victory in conference championship history.
• The Hopkins men's track team has had considerable improvement under Van Allen, finishing in the top three in the Centennial Conference the past six years and winning the conference indoor title for the first time in school history in 2013. The men went on to win the first Centennial outdoor title in program history in 2014; the first outdoor conference title for Hopkins since 1948. Hopkins produced its first-ever individual national champion under Van Allen in 2014, as then-senior Andrew Carey won the 800-meter run at the NCAA Championships.
Van Allen joined the Hopkins coaching staff in 1999 as an assistant assigned to the development of distance runners. He became the head coach in the fall of 1999 and the first full-time head coach in the history of the program in 2002. Among his many accomplishments as head coach, Van Allen has bolstered the size of the women's team and brought in top-level recruits who have prospered under his system as the school continues to move up the team rankings on the national level. Three males and 20 female athletes have earned All-America status in track and cross-country under Coach Van Allen's tutelage.
Van Allen's coaching career began in the fall of 1998 at the University of Maryland, where he was a volunteer assistant coach after having had a highly successful career in the sport at Maryland.
He earned a BS in kinesiological sciences with a bio-physical option while competing in cross-country and track. As a Terrapin, he earned All-East cross country accolades and was a finalist at the ACC Championships in the 1500-meter run. He has earned a coach's diploma from the USTFCCCA and holds a Level 1 Coaching Certificate from USATF.