BALTIMORE, MD - The Johns Hopkins men's cross country team moved up two spots in this week's U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national rankings as the Blue Jays are ranked a program-best third in this week's poll. The Blue Jays opened the season at number seven in the preseason poll before moving up to number five in the next two polls of the 2017 season. Prior to this week's number three ranking, the fifth-place showing in the polls of September 13 and September 20 were the highest in school history.
With its four-straight top-10 rankings this season, Johns Hopkins has now been ranked in the USTFCCCA Poll 48 times in 49 weeks since the start of the 2012 season. The Blue Jays have been in the top 20 for 29 of those 48 weeks and this week's top 10 ranking is the 10th in school history; all 10 of those top 10 appearances have come since 2013.
With the Blue Jay men ranked number three and the Johns Hopkins women's cross country team holding onto the top spot in the nation, Johns Hopkins is one of just two Division III schools and six schools in all divisions of the NCAA with both its men's and women's teams ranked in the top five in the nation.
Johns Hopkins will carry its number three national ranking into the prestigious Paul Short run this weekend. Below are the details for one of the top in-season meets of the year.
Where they will run:
The Paul Short Run, which is hosted by Leigh University in Bethlehem, PA, will take place on Friday September 29 at 11 am. The 8k race will be run at the Goodman Cross Country Course, where the Blue Jays will compete in the prestigious Gold Race.
What to watch for:
Hopkins won its first race of the season and then earned a fourth-place finish in the highly competitive Iona Meet of Champions. In last year's Paul Short Run, the Blue Jays finished 28th in a field of 45 teams in the Division I-heavy Gold Race.
The Paul Short Run will feature top teams from all three divisions. Top Division I programs competing in the race this year are: #10 Iona, #16 Georgetown, #27 Columbia, Arizona, Cornell, Navy, Villanova, Penn and Wake Forest. Adams St., the top-ranked team in Division II, will also be competing in the race along with top Division III teams in eighth-ranked Amherst, ninth-ranked Haverford, #13 Christopher Newport and #15 Williams.
Head Coach Bobby Van Allen:
"Our success will come with how well our pack gets out. If we can get 10 guys out well and they stay together in those front packs, we should be very successful."
For complete information on the race check out the official site here.