Hopkins MXC Places 19th at Rowan Border Battle
GLASSBORO, NJ - Competing in a field of 24 teams and 231 individuals, the Johns Hopkins men's cross country team scored 483 points and placed 19th at the Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle on Saturday. The Blue Jays closed out the regular season with their performance today and now take aim on the Centennial Conference Championships, which Johns Hopkins will host on October 31.
Resting many of its runners and entering a core group whose goal was to prepare for the upcoming championship season, the Blue Jays had two runners place in the top 85 to lead the way.
Freshman Scott Pourshalchi had one of the best final 800s of the day as he clsoed furiously to clock in at 26:18.98. He just edged teammate Arvind Arikatla, who was less than a second behind at 26:19.47 as the Blue Jay pair placed 84th and 85th.
None of Johns Hopkins' five scoring runners was a senior as sophomore Charles Thornton (26:35.61), junior Stefan Arnold (26:46.45) and sophomore Dmaree Marshall (27:00.21) closed out Hopkins' top five by placing bteween 110th and 137th.
With the strong competition faced by today's competitors and the much-needed rest gained by the Johns Hopkins runners who did not compete, the Blue now have two weeks to prepare for the Centennial Championships. Johns Hopkins won its only CC title in 2013 and is a strong contender to regain the crown this season.
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