Johns Hopkins Wins Fourth NCAA National Championships
LOUISVILLE, KY –
• Score: Johns Hopkins 128 (17, 20, 21, 33, 37) • 1st/32
• Location: Louisville, KY• E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women's cross country team won its fourth NCAA National Championships title in five years as a trio of All-Americans, Tess Meehan, Felicia Koerner and Natalia LaSpada, guided the Blue Jays to a 128 point performance, the third best point total in program history. Meehan, a senior, is the first three-time All-American in JHU history and posted the best time of any Blue Jay in the NCAA National Championships with 21:10.0.
How it Happened
• Hopkins led from start to finish, holding the first position at both the 3,000 meter and 4,000 meter checkpoints.
• Stevens Institute’s Amy Regen won the individual title with a time of 20:16.4.
• Senior Tess Meehan captures All-America honors for the third straight year, finishing 25th with a personal record of 21:10.0. This time is also the best by a Blue Jay at the NCAA National Championships by 0:16.
• Meehan is the first three-time All-American runner in JHU history.
• The other two 2016 All-Americans, sophomores Felicia Koerner and Natalia LaSpada, recorded the second and third best times by a Hopkins runner at the NCAA National Championships, finishing in 21:14.9 and 21:15.1, respectively. LaSpada’s time of 21:15.1 is also a personal best.
• Three All-Americans tie the Blue Jays’ totals in their championships in 2012 and 2013 as well as last season.
• Sophomore Ellie Clawson and junior Caroline Smith rounded out the top five for Hopkins, posting times of 21:41.2 and 21:42.6, respectively, to secure JHU’s fourth national title.
• The Blue Jays finished with a gap of only 0:32.6 between its first and fifth runners, sealing its fourth team national title.
• Freshmen Rebecca Grusby and Samantha Levy completed the race in 22:03.6 and 22:52.7.
What it Means
• Johns Hopkins is the first team to win four NCAA National Championships in five seasons, since SUNY Cortland won five in six seasons from 1992 to 1997, including four straight from 1992 to 1995.
• The Blue Jays’ three All-Americans are one short of its record of from 2014.
• Tess Meehan’s 25th place finish marks the 12th time a JHU runner has finished inside the top 25.
• With a 74-point margin of victory over second place finisher Washington (MO), Hopkins recorded its largest margin of victory in the NCAA National Championships.