Hopkins Men's Cross Country Runs to Fourth Place Finish
ANNAPOLIS, MD - The Johns Hopkins men's cross country team took fourth place out of 10 teams at the Navy Invitational Saturday morning. The Blue Jays finished with 107 points, behind Navy, American, and UMBC, all teams ranked in the NCAA Division 1 Mid-Atlantic Region.
Senior Austin Stecklair led the way for the Blue Jays finishing 16th overall with a time of 25:26.47 on the very hilly 8k course. Classmates Andrew Ceruzzi and Ryan Alvarez both claimed top 30 spots running 25:42.76 and 25:55.66 respectively, while Schaffer Ochstein and Stefan Arnold rounded out the Jays top five.
The race went out very hard as a pack of Navy runners finished the first mile around 4:40. From there, Navy ran to victory and controlled the race, finishing with the top-four finishers and seven in the top-ten.
"I thought we let the fast pace spread us out a little too much and really disrupt the strength of our packs," coach Bobby Van Allen explained. "Individually everybody ran very well, and I was very impressed with how well we fought throughout the entire race. We had several freshmen really run some strong races as they adjust to the new 8k distance."
Hopkins had three freshmen break 26:40, which showed they are clearly adjusting well to a longer race. Tyler Wolfe led the Hopkins freshmen in 38th place with Panth Patel and Geoffrey Kazlow finishing strong in 44th and 45th place, respectively.
The Jays are next in action at the Boston College Coast to Coast Invitational on September 26.