Hopkins Excels at Diplomat Invitational
• Location: Lancaster, PA (Franklin & Marshall)
• The Short Story: Jenn Su set a new team record, and many other athletes set new personal best marks as the Johns Hopkins women’s track & field opened up the indoor season at the Diplomat Open on Saturday.
How it Happened
• Maya Hammonds won the long jump with a mark of 5.51m to set a new personal record in the event. She finished third in the high jump as she cleared 5-01.00. Helen Girod also earned a third-place finish, as she took home third in the pole vault with a mark of 11-00.00 to set a new PR. Anne Gutierrez and Catharine Wain also excelled in the event as both cleared 10’.
• Hopkins dominated the 5,000-meter run, claiming spots 1-7. Cross Country All-American Natalia Laspada took home first with a new PR time of 17:17.68, while fellow All-American Ellie Clawson took home second with a new indoor PR time of 17:18.63. Felicia Koerner finished in third with a time of 17:28.9. JHU also took home spots 1-6 in the 3,000-meter run with Therese Olshanski (9:57.14), Rebecca Grusby (10:07.08) and Caroline Smith (10:15.99) taking home the top-three spots. Olshanski took home first with an impressive final lap while Grusby set a new personal best time.
• Erin Brush took home first in the mile run with a time of 5:19.13 while Marguerite Webster finished fourth with a time of 5:35.14.
• The 60-meter hurdles saw Su take home second place with a time of 9.25 to set a new school record while Lauren Roberts finished fifth with a time of 9.63. Su also placed well in the shot put, finishing seventh with a mark of 11.53m.
• In the 400-meter dash, Marisa Sailus took home third place with a time of 1:00.91 to set a new personal best time.
Head Coach Bobby Van Allen:
• “This was a fantastic first meet for us where we really competed well in every event. We’re in a very good spot now as we get some much-needed rest and get recharged up for the long season ahead. We’ll be off for a month now and we have some constant reminders of where we are currently at and what we need to do over break to come back ready for a successful season.”
• The Blue Jays will not be in action until the new year when Hopkins will compete in the Great Dane Invitational on January 13th. The event is hosted by the University of Albany and will take place at the Ocean Breeze track complex in Staten Island.