Oct. 2, 2009
BETHLEHEM, PA - The Johns Hopkins men's cross country team placed three runners in the top 45 and five in the top 99 as the Blue Jays placed third in a field of 38 schools competing in the Brown Division at the 36th annual Paul Short Run at Lehigh University. Johns Hopkins was the top finishing Division III team in the race, which consisted of Division I, II and III teams.
Hopkins totaled 272 points to earn its third-place finish. Wayne State totaled 184 points to edge Adelphi (190) for the team title. Gettysburg (290) and Manhattan (296) rounded out the top five.
Junior Steve Tobochnik ran a season-best time of 25:25 to lead the Blue Jays with a 10th-place finish. Five more runners would cross the line in the 75 seconds after Tobocnnik and contributed to the third-place team finish. Senior David Sigmon and junior Derek Chang placed 44th and 45th, respectively as Sigmon clocked in at 26:01 with Cheng just behind at 26:03.
Junior Brandon Hahn led the next trio of Blue Jays to finish as he placed 74th with a time of 26:21. Senior Michael Yuan was the final Johns Hopkins runner to crack the top 100 finishers in the field of 322 competitors as he placed 99th (26:32). Andrew Yen also broke the 27-minute mark for Johns Hopkins as he placed 133rd with a time of 26:47.
Among the schools the Blue Jays beat were Colgate and Lafayette from the Patriot League and the College of New Jersey, which was ranked two spots ahead of Johns Hopkins in the most recent Division III national rankings. TCNJ finished 16th with a total of 436 points and JHU's top five runners all finished before TCNJ's fourth finisher.
Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, October 17 when the Blue Jays will split their squad between the Oberlin Inter-Regional and the Gettysburg Invitational.
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