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Men's Cross Country Prepares for Conference Championship

JHU finished just nine points behind Haverford for the title in last year's race.
Oct. 27, 2017

BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins men’s cross country team will head into this year’s Centennial Conference Cross Country Championships ranked 14th in the country and third in the Mideast Region. The Blue Jays will be in search of their first championship since 2013 when they take the course on October 29 at 11 am on the campus of Gettysburg College.

Hopkins has finished in second three straight seasons and last year JHU finished nine points behind Haverford for the top spot. The nine points were the second smallest margin between the top two spots since 2013 when Johns Hopkins won its only title by five points over Dickinson. Hopkins got revenge on Haverford in the regionals, as JHU defeated the Fords by one point.

Haverford joins Hopkins as the only two ranked Centennial Conference teams. The Fords are ranked third in the national poll and top the Mideast Regional rankings.

Since the championship began in 1993, the Blue Jays have one title and three individual winners. JHU has finished in the top-five 16 times including nine top-three finishes and has not finished outside the top-five since 2005. The Blue Jays have had 11 All-Centennial first team selections, 20 second team selections and three CC Rookie of the Year winners. Head coach Bobby Van Allen has also been named the Centennial Coach of the Year once.

Last Year’s Results:
Louis Levine finished in fourth last year with a time of 25:08.6, while Scott Pourshalchi finished eighth with a time of 25:34.7 to earn all-conference honors. Geoffrey Kazlow finished the 8k race in 21st with a time of 26:25.4 while Alex Doran completed the race in 26:31.6. Andrew King rounded out the top-seven for Hopkins with a time of 26:39.2.

Who to Watch For:
Panth Patel has been the top runner for Hopkins this season as the senior has three-top 20 finishes including a 19th-place finish at Pre-Nationals on October 14. Pourshalchi and Ollie Hickson will also be in contention for all-conference honors as both have put together excellent seasons on the course. Pourshalchi won the opening race of the season and finished 34th at Pre-Nationals while Hickson has two top-30 finishes this year. PJ Murray and Jakob Pollack will also look to crack the top-seven for the Blue Jays.

Coach’s Thoughts:
• “These meets utilize depth, which this team has as there is not a big disparity in our top-12 runners. Our 12th runner can be in the top-five in any race.”
• “We will need to run as a pack of 12 and be ready to make our move when the time is right.”

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