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Johns Hopkins Men's Cross Country 2017 Season Preview

Junior Ollie Hickson and the rest of the Blue Jays look to build on the historic 2016 season
Aug. 31, 2017

BALTIMORE, MD – It was a historic season for the 2016 Johns Hopkins men’s cross country team, which earned a program-best eighth place finish at last year’s NCAA Championships, captured the NCAA Mideast Regional title and finished second in the Centennial Conference Championship. The Jays will look to build on last season as they open their season at the Mustang Stampede on September 1 at 6:45 pm.

Welcome Back:
Head Coach Bobby Van Allen welcomes back two All-Centennial runners in Louis Levine and Scott Pourshalchi, as well as a national-best six sub 15:00 5K runners from the track season (PJ Murray, Alex Glavin, Panth Patel, Liam Wall, Ollie Hickson and Alex Doran). Doran and Hickson, also earned All-Region recognition for their performances in the Mideast Championships. Hickson led the way at the team’s preseason time trials with a time of 9:21.0, followed by Patel (9:22.0) and Doran (9:22.2). Charles Thornton, who finished fourth in the time trial with a mark of 9:22.9, brings great senior experience to the squad.

Welcome to Homewood:
The Blue Jays welcome six freshmen to the team: Conner Delahanty, Patrick Dye, Will Howe, Jared Pangallozzi, Garrett Pitt and Jakob Pollack. Dye led the way in the time trials with a time of 9:29.3; among the newcomers he was followed by Pangallozzi (9:30.9) and Delahanty (9:39.2).

The Schedule:
The Jays once again have a very competitive eight-meet schedule, which includes three big invitationals. The first is on September 15 at the Iona Meet of Champions, where Hopkins expects to compete against Division I teams Princeton, Iona and Arkansas. The Paul Short Invitational, which is the largest meet on the east coast, will also provide tough competition as it will feature Duke, Columbia, Cornell, Penn, Georgia and Villanova among many other Division I entries. The team will round out the 2017 invitational schedule at the Pre-NCAA Invitational.

Coaches Thoughts:
“This is the best we’ve ever looked in early-season workouts and the time trial and this team could certainly improve upon its finish from last year’s 8th place at nationals. The depth is unbelievable and that should really help push us in workouts and meets.”

By The Numbers:
2 – The Jays earned a second-place finish in the Centennial Conference Preseason Poll.
1- Hopkins earned the top spot in the USTFCCCA Mideast Regional Poll.
7 – The Jays are also ranked seventh in the USTFCCA National Coaches Poll, which matches their highest ever ranking in the poll.

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