EIGHT STRAIGHT: Hopkins Cruises to Eighth Consecutive Centennial Championship
STEVENSON, MD – As the Johns Hopkins women’s cross country team turns their calendars to November and looks to win a fourth straight national title, it will do so with three Centennial Conference Runners of the Year on its roster. Tess Meehan took home the individual title at the 2015 Centennial Conference Cross Country Championships, joining teammates Hannah Oneda (2012 champion) and Sophia Meehan (2014 champion) with Conference Runner of the Year distinction to their name.
Tess Meehan crossed the finish line in 21:33, edging out Oneda in the final 100 meters of the race to lead the Blue Jays to their eighth straight team championship. Hopkins finished with 19 points, the third best total in the history of the event. The Blue Jays' 50-point margin over runner-up Haverford (69 points) is the second largest in meet history, JHU defeated the Fords by 63 points in 2012.
“Tess has great finishing speed and showed it today,” said Head Coach Bobby Van Allen. “Her abilty to pick off girls at the end of the race will certainly come in handy as we continue championship season”
Oneda finished in 21:37 and was followed across the finish line by teammates Courtney Kelly (21:50) and Caroline Smith (21:53), who finished in third and fourth place, respectively. Caroline Powers was the fifth JHU runner to complete the race, doing so in 22:19.
Meehan, Oneda, Kelly and Smith all earned First Team Centennial Conference Honors for their finishes. It is the second consecutive year that four Blue Jays will earn the honor.
Powers’ finish earned her Second Team All-Centennial Conference honors, where she was joined by a pair of freshmen, Tasha Freed (12th place, 22:38) and Felicia Koerner (14th place 22:42). Freed also won Rookie Runner of the Year honors, making her the fourth straight Blue Jay to earn the award.
“I think we’re in a good position, we will definitely continue to work on tightening our pack,” added Van Allen. “It’s nice to have such great depth, but we still have work to do and will work to get healthier heading into the regional meet.”
JHU will be back in action two weeks from today when it heads to Big Spring, PA for the 2015 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships hosted by Dickinson at Big Spring High School. The top two teams at the meet earn automatic bids to the following weekend’s NCAA Championships.