Sept. 28, 2012
BETHLEHEM, PA - Junior Max Robinson finished 53rd overall as the No. 29 Johns Hopkins men's cross country team finished 28th in the prestigious Paul Short Run Gold race. The Blue Jays defeated Division I programs Miami, Princeton and VCU, while also beating No. 25 Amherst and No. 27 St. Lawrence.
Robinson bettered his 2011 time by 1:17 to finish first overall for the Blue Jays in 24:58. He was also the first Division III finisher in the Gold race.
"Max [Robinson] ran perfectly," said head coach Bobby Van Allen. "He followed the game plan to a tee and was really able to relax in the middle of the race while clicking off five minute miles."
Villanova (69 points) placed three runners in the top 10 to take the Gold race team title, while the College of William and Mary (100 points) and Georgetown (101 points) placed second and third, respectively.
In Robinson's wake, Hopkins had six runners finish tightly grouped in the top 200, led by Julian Saliani (25:59/159) and Austin Stecklair (26:07/174). Rounding out the top 6, Josh Baker, Andrew Ceruzzi and Josh Budman all finished in 26:22.
"Everyone ran really tough and fought hard," Van Allen said. "However, we must get out better, something we failed to do today."
Hopkins reached Van Allen's goal of an average time of sub-26:00 by accumulating a time of 25:58 - 49 seconds better than 2011.
Sophomore Andrew Carey ran phenomenally for the Blue Jays in the men's open race, finishing in 26:01 which would have been good for third overall on the team.
The top Blue Jay men return to action next weekend at the Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, IN, while the rest of the squad competes at the Goucher Invitational in Towson, MD.