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2017-18 Women's Track and Field Season Preview

Maya Hammonds is one of six returning All-Centennial athletes for JHU.
Nov. 29, 2017

BALTIMORE, MD. – The Johns Hopkins women’s indoor track and field team was a unanimous selection for the top spot in the Centennial Preseason Poll as JHU earned all nine possible first-place votes (coaches were not able to vote for their own teams). The Blue Jays finished 12 points ahead of second place Dickinson, who earned the remaining first-place vote. Haverford, Swarthmore, and Gettysburg rounded out the top-five.

JHU will be in search of its eight straight Centennial Indoor Championship when the Blue Jays open the season on December 2 at the Diplomat Open. Head Coach Bobby Van Allen returns a number of athletes from last year’s team, including six All-Centennial honorees and seven All-Region honorees.

Felicia Koerner, who was named the conference’s Outstanding Track Performer returns along with Maya Hammonds, Lauren Roberts, Erin Brush, Caelyn Reilly and Caroline Smith all earned All-Centennial honors last year. Koerner, Brush, Smith, Hammonds, Kelsey Harper, Natalia Laspada, and Jenn Su were recognized as all-region honorees last season. Koerner won the 3,000 and 5,000-meter races in the conference meet and set a JHU and Centennial Conference record time in the 3,000-meter race at the BU Valentine Invitational (9:24.34). The mark is also the second-fastest time in Division III history. Hammonds claimed first in the pentathlon at the Centennial Championship while Roberts, Brush, Reilly, Smith, and Meehan were all members of relay winning teams.

2017-18 Centennial Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field Preseason Poll
Rk. School Points (1st)
1. Johns Hopkins - 81 (9)
2. Dickinson - 69 (1)
3. Haverford - 66
4. Swarthmore - 53
5. Gettysburg - 48
6. Muhlenberg - 42
7. Ursinus - 32
8. Franklin & Marshall - 31
9. Bryn Mawr - 17
10. McDaniel - 11

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