Blue Jays Earn Highest Ranking; Prepare for Iona Meet
BALTIMORE, MD – Head Coach Bobby Van Allen and the rest of the Johns Hopkins men’s cross country got some exciting news as they prepare for the Iona Meet of Champions race. The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association ranked the Blue Jays fifth in the country in this week’s poll, which is the highest ranking in program history.
Where they will run:
The Iona Meet of Champions 8k race will take place on Friday, September 15 at 10:45 am at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, NY.
What to watch for:
JHU is coming off an impressive victory in the Mustang Stampede as the Blue Jays won the race with 15 points. Junior Scott Pourshalchi won the 6k race in 19:29.52 and was followed by teammates Alex Doran, Panth Patel, Conner Delahanty, Ollie Hickson, Jared Pangallozzi, Patrick Dye, Charles Thornton and Brandon Fielder. Delahanty, Pangallozzi and Dye all had solid finishes in their first collegiate race. Hopkins finished sixth overall as a team at the Iona meet last season and were led by returners Doran and Pourshalchi who finished 26th and 28th out of 144 runners.
Head Coach Bobby Van Allen:
"We will be going up against some extremely difficult Division 1 competition in this meet that really has our guys excited. Getting a chance to compete against teams like fifth-ranked Arkansas, Iona, and Columbia will prepare us well for our later championships. We will be focusing on maintaining our tight packs and working on establishing position as a team early in the race."