Oct. 17, 2009
OBERLIN, OH - The Johns Hopkins men's cross country team placed five runners in the top 55 to earn an eighth-place finish at the Oberlin Inter Regional Rumble on Saturday. The Blue Jays totaled 225 points to secure their eighth-place finish in a field of 28 teams. NYU won the team title with 53 points and was followed by Alleghany (56 points), Carnegie Mellon (56), St. Thomas (114) and Elizabethtown (166) in the top five.
The Blue Jays displayed their depth in the meet as their five scoring runners all finished within 27 seconds of each other Junior Steve Tobochnik was the first Blue Jay to cross the line as he placed 30th with a time of 25:54. Senior David Sigmon clocked in at 26:05 to finish 40th and was followed closely by juniors Derek Chang (46th / 26:08) and Brandon Hahn (54th / 26:20) and senior Mike Yuan (55th / 26:20).
Only Case Western, which had a 25-second spread among its scoring runners, had a smaller gap among its top five than Johns Hopkins, although the Spartans placed 12th overall with 379 points.
This was the final tuneup for the Blue Jays before they head to the Centennial Conference Championships on October 31. The Blue Jays are one of three teams in the Centennial ranked in the top five in the Mid East Region.
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