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Blue Jays Sending Eight to NCAAS

The Championships will be held on Friday, March 9- Saturday, March 10
The Championships will be held on Friday, March 9- Saturday, March 10
March 8, 2018

 Lauren Dellipoali
By Lauren Dellipoali
Athletic Communications Assistant
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BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins women’s track & field team will have eight athletes competing in this weekend’ s NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, which will be hosted by Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, AL from Friday, March 9-Saturday, March 10. This is the ninth time overall that JHU has gone to the indoor championships with its best finish coming in 2015 when the Blue Jays finished 16th.

• JHU sent two athletes to NCAAs in Felicia Koerner and Tess Meehan. Koerner earned a second-place finish in the 3,000-meter run and a 17th-place finish in the 5,000-meter run. Meehan notched a 16th-place finish in the 3K.

• With eight athletes competing in this year’s championship, the Blue Jays have an excellent chance to post a program-best finish in the championship. Here’s a look at the athletes competing:

MILE: The mile run will feature 17 athletes who will need to qualify for the finals, which will feature ten runners. The top-three from each heat plus the next four best times will qualify for the finals. The prelims will be held on Friday at 2:50 pm with the finals taking place on Saturday at 3 pm.
Therese Olshanski (Fr.): Olshanski is seeded second in the race with a time of 4:52.47, which she ran at David Hemery Valentine Invitational on Feb. 10 at Boston University. Olshanski will run in Heat Two on Friday.
Caroline Smith (Sr.): Smith enters the mile with a seed time of 4:55.65, which puts her 12th in the event. She also achieved her time at the David Hemery Invitational on Feb. 10 and will be running in Heat One on Friday.

3,000-METER RUN: Hopkins will have three runners in the race, which features a total of 17 athletes. The finals will take place on Saturday at 4:45 pm.
Felicia Koerner (Jr.): Koerner finished second in last year’s race with a time of 9:44.32 and enters this year’s race seeded sixth with a mark of 9:44.29, which she achieved at the final race of the season (Tufts Qualifying Meet).
Tasha Freed: (Jr.): Freed enters the race seeded tenth with a mark of 9:45.48 which she ran at the Centennial Conference Championships to win the race. The time also set a new meet record.
Rebecca Grusby (So.): Entering the 3K seeded 15th is Grusby with a time of 9:49.22 which she ran at the conference championships where she finished second.

5,000-METER RUN: The final for the 5k will take place on Friday at 5:50 pm. The race will feature 17 athletes.
Ellie Clawson (Jr.): Clawson enters the race seeded 14th with a time of 17:06.59. She achieved that time at the Great Dane Classic on January 13. The time also set a new career-best in the 5K as she finished third in the race.

LONG JUMP: The long jump event will feature two flights (flight one will have eight athletes while flight two will have nine) with the top nine advancing to the finals. The event will take place on Friday at 2:30 pm.
Maya Hammonds (Jr.): Hammonds set a new JHU record in the long jump with her leap of 5.76m which she achieved at the Navy Multi-Mix on Feb. 8. Hammonds will be in flight two and is seeded sixth.

PENTATHLON: The pentathlon event will take place on Friday and features the 60-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800-meter dash.
Jenn Su (Sr.): Su enters the event seeded seventh with 3,365 points which she totaled at the Centennial Conference Championships. Su won all of the events and set a new record for total points.

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