Blue Jays Finish Second at Centennial Championships
STEVENSON, MD – The Johns Hopkins men’s cross country team finished as the runner-up in Saturday’s Centennial Conference Cross Country Championship. Louis Levine was the first Blue Jay, and fourth overall runner, to cross the finish line, doing so in 25:23.
Haverford won the team title with 25 points and a 45 point margin over Hopkins. Charlie Marquardt of Haverford finished in 25:09 to capture his second consecutive individual title.
“It definitely wasn’t our best effort,” said head coach Bobby Van Allen. “We were too spread out. We’ve been doing well with our packing lately, but let that get away today. If we want to hit our goals we definitely need to work on this.”
Levine, who didn’t run in the varsity race last year, earned First Team All-Centennial Conference honors. Ryan Schwartz was the second Hopkins runner to cross the finish line (12th place, 25:48) and earned Second Team All-CC honors.
“I’m happy for Louis and Ryan as they each earned all-conference honors for the first time,” added Van Allen. “Louis was in the open race last year, and this shows that all the hard work he put in paid off.”
Following Levine and Schwartz as Hopkins' top five finishers were Brandon Fielder (16th place, 26:13), Ollie Hickson (20th place, 26:20) and Doran Walsten (23rd place, 26:31).
JHU will be back in action two weeks from today it they head to Big Spring, PA for the 2015 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships hosted by Dickinson at Big Spring High School. The top two teams at the meet earn automatic bids to the following weekend’s NCAA Championships.