Blue Jay Women Place 15th at Prestigious Paul Short Run
Sept. 28, 2012
BETHLEHEM, PA - Hannah Oneda and Holly Clarke finished in the top 50 as the No. 6 Johns Hopkins women's cross country team finished 15th at the Paul Short Run Friday morning. The Blue Jays defeated 22 Division I schools, including Tennessee, Miami and Penn, in the Gold race.
Oneda, who battled illness all week, courageously finished 33rd and ran a personal record of 21:07, while Clarke finished eight seconds behind in 43rd. Annie Monagle (22:17/115), Sophia Meehan (22:24/125) and Lara Shegoski (22:30/134) rounded out the top five for Hopkins. The team averaged a phenomenal overall time of 21:55.
"We were glad to see that we can run with the elite teams in the nation," said head coach Bobby Van Allen. "Overall, it was one of the best races I've seen from Holly [Clarke]."
Cornell University placed four runners in the top 15 to earn the Gold race team title, as the College of William and Mary and Georgetown scored 102 and 106 points, respectively, to finish second and third.
The Blue Jays' one-two punch was eminent as Oneda and Clarke ran strong races to lead the way. Clarke improved immensely on her time from 2011, finishing 100 places higher and 1:31 faster.
Monagle and Meehan established great positions early in the race, and paired together to pick off multiple women in the second half of the race. Shegoski, meanwhile, was able to hold on for fifth place on the team, besting her 2011 time by 47 seconds.
The top Blue Jay women return to action next weekend at the Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, IN, while the rest of the squad will compete at the Goucher Invitational in Towson, MD.