Men's Cross Country Honored by Centennial; Prepare for Regionals
LANCASTER, PA – The 12th-ranked Johns Hopkins Men’s Cross team finished second at the Centennial Conference Championship Race, and the conference honored members of the team their success. Jared Pangallozzi was named the Conference Rookie of the Year while Scott Pourshalchi earned First Team All-Conference. Ollie Hickson, Charles Thornton, Pangallozzi also earned second team honors for their finishes. Pangallozzi became the fourth runner to win the Rookie of the Year Award from Hopkins and is the first to win the award since Tyler Wolf in 2014. Brandon Fielder was also named to the All-Sportsmanship Team.
Pourshalchi was the top finisher for Hopkins in the race as he finished sixth with a time of 25:38.3 Hickson finished eighth with a time of 25:51.0 while Thornton finished 12th with a mark of 26:02.2 Pangallozzi finished 13th with a time of 26:03.2.
Hopkins will be in search of its third NCAA Mideast Regional Championship on Saturday, November 11 at 11 am. In last year’s race, the Blue Jays edged out Haverford by one point (64-65) for their second title. This year’s race will be hosted by Dickinson College in Newville, PA.
The top two teams in the regional will automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships which will take place on November 18 in Elsha, IL. Teams outside of the top two can qualify as at-large bids, which will be revealed on November 12 at 1 pm.
Louis Levine finished tenth in last year’s race with a time of 25:23 while Hickson was the fifth overall finisher for JHU as he came in 21st with a time of 25:36. Pourshalchi completed the race in 25:37 which put him in 23rd overall.
In this year’s race Panth Patel, Pangallozzi, Thornton and Conner Delahanty will all look to join Levine, Hickson, and Pourshachi as the top finishers for Hopkins.
HEAD COACH BOBBY VAN ALLEN:
• "The men will have their hands full with several teams looking to lock up the automatic qualifiers."
• "There is no conserving anything here for nationals and we will be focusing on establishing our packs and position early in the race before we head into the hilly, wooded portion of the course."
• "The strength of this team has been the incredible deph and thay will be our key to success tomorrow."