BALTIMORE, MD - The Johns Hopkins men's cross country team comes into this weekend's races ranked 17th in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Poll, which is the eighth straight week the Blue Jays have been ranked in the top 20.
Hopkins has now been ranked in the USTFCCCA Poll 50 times in 51 weeks since the beginning of the 2012 season and has spent 33 of those weeks in the top 20. JHU earned a program-best third-place ranking earlier in the season.
The Blue Jays won the opening meet of the season and earned a fourth-place finish at the Iona Meet of Champions, where they finished behind three Division I programs (Columbia, Arkansas and Iona). JHU finished 34th in the ultra-competitive Gold Race at the Paul Short Run, which featured many top teams from all three divisions.
Below are the details for this Saturday's races.
NCAA DIVISION III PRE NATIONALS
The Blue Jays will be sending 11 runners to the Pre National Race at Principa College in Elsha, IL where the NCAA Championships will be held on November 18. The race is scheduled to feature six top-ten teams and 19 teams ranked in the top 35 (including JHU). Number one ranked North Central and number two SUNY Geneseo will be competing in the race along with number five Pomona-Pitzer. The race will begin at 10:45 am ET.
Hopkins will be sending approximately 17 runners to the race, which will be held on the campus of Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. The Blue Jays will see Centennial Conference rivals Haverford (#4 in the nation), Dickinson (#34) and Swarthmore along with ranked teams in #16 Carnegie Mellon and #23 Rowan. Last year's race featured ten nationally-ranked programs, including national runner-up SUNY Geneseo and individual champion Isaac Garcia-Cassani of SUNY Geneseo. The race is scheduled to begin at 11:45 am with the Open Race starting at 1:15 pm. Live results can be found here.