Van Allen Announces Standridge to Join Cross Country and Track Coaching Staff
Aug. 7, 2012
BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins men’s and women’s cross country and track & field head coach Bobby Van Allen announced today that Kim Standridge has joined the program as assistant coach. An All-American and school record holder at Cornell University, Standridge will be the first full-time assistant coach in school history.
“We’re very excited and fortunate to have Kim join our staff,” Van Allen said. “Kim brings the experience of an elite runner with national experience to our program. She has a diverse background working with both middle distance runners and sprinters at Cornell along with her strong background in strength and conditioning.”
Standridge spent last season as a volunteer coach at Cornell, where she oversaw second and third-place finishes by the men’s and women’s track & field teams at the ECAC-IC4A Outdoor Championships, respectively.
Prior to coaching at Cornell, Standridge earned numerous accolades for the Big Red on the track in middle distance events. An ECAC champion in the distance medley relay, she is the Cornell school record holder in the 1000 and finished third all-time in school history in the 800. Additionally, Standridge earned All-America honors with a ninth-place finish at the 2010 Outdoor NCAA Division I Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
“I am really excited about joining the Johns Hopkins coaching staff,” Standridge said. “The cross country and track & field teams have a lot of talent and are supported by an ambitious coaching staff and spirited athletic department.”
A 2011 graduate of Cornell, Standridge earned a degree in Communication with a minor in Applied Economics and Management from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She was highly involved while on campus, serving as the Community Service Chair for the Spiked Shoe Society and the editor for the track team’s alumni newsletter, The Wastebasket. Standridge was also a member of the Red Key Athletic Honorary Society and the Quill and Dagger Senior Honor Society.
The Blue Jay women’s cross country team returns six of its top seven runners from a squad that won the Centennial Conference title for the fourth consecutive season, while the men return four of five runners after finishing fourth at the 2011 championship meet. Both teams qualified for the NCAA Championships with the women placing 14th.
Hopkins also had a successful season on the track, as the women won the Centennial Conference indoor and outdoor championships, while the men placed a program-best second at the outdoor championships.
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