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Two Earn All-America honors as Johns Hopkins Places 14th at NCAAs

Sophomore Holly Clarke placed 16th at the 2011 NCAA Championship Saturday.

Nov. 19, 2011

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WINNECONNE, WI - The Johns Hopkins women's cross country team placed two runners inside the top 20 and went on to finish in 14th place at the 2011 NCAA Championship at the Lake Breeze Golf Club. Sophomore Holly Clarke and freshman Hannah Eckstein finished in 24th and 18th place, respectively to earn All-America honors. It marks the second straight year that the Blue Jays have had two All-Americans.

Washington University won the team title with a score of 70 points, while defending national champion Middlebury took second with 111 points. Williams (153), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (233) and MIT (276) rounded out the top five.  Willams produced the national champion, Chiara Del Piccolo, who finished the race at 20:52.08.

Clarke crossed the line at 21:31.58 for a 16th place finish among team-scoring runners and 24th overall for her first All-American honors of her career. Eckstein was close behind with an 18th-place finish among team-scoring runners and 26th overall at 21:33.55 for her first All-American honors as well. 

Freshman Ashley Murphy came in at 22:16.69 for a 63rd place finish while junior Liz Provost finished with a time of 23:06.46. Sophomore Lara Shegoski crossed the line at 23:08.83 to round out the scoring runners for the Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays are among the youngest teams to run at Nationals as one of only three teams out of the field of 32 to not have a senior as a scoring runner.