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Women's Cross Country Earns 35th Number One Ranking

Sept. 28, 2017

BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins women’s cross country team will carry the number one ranking in the nation into this week's prestigious Paul Short Run as the Blue Jays top the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national rankings for the seventh consecutive week dating back to last season. The Blue Jays have been ranked number one in the nation in each of the four polls this year.

With its seventh straight number one ranking, Johns Hopkins has now been the top-ranked team in the USTFCCCA Poll 34 times in 40 weeks since the start of the 2013 season. The defending national champion Blue Jays have been ranked in the top seven in the nation every week since the start of the 2012 season and in the top 15 in the nation every week since the start of the 2009 season. Since the start of the 2009 season, Johns Hopkins has been the number one ranked team in the nation 35 times; every other team in the nation combined has been ranked number one a total of 44 times.

With the Blue Jay women ranked number one and the Johns Hopkins men’s cross country ranked number three this week, Johns Hopkins is one of just two Division III schools and six schools in all divisions of the NCAA with both its men’s and women’s teams ranked in the top five in the nation.

Below are the details for this week’s Paul Short Run, one of the top in-season meets of the year.

Where they will run:
The Paul Short Run, which is hosted by Leigh University in Bethlehem, PA, will take place on Friday September 29 at 11:45 am. This will be the first 6k race of the season for the Blue Jays, who will compete in the prestigious Gold Race.

What to watch for:
The Blue Jays have won their first two races and earned an 11th-place finish at last year’s 42-team Paul Short Run.

This year’s race will feature top competition from all three divisions. JHU will be competing against some top Division I opponents, including Arizona, Cornell, UConn, Princeton, Duke and Penn, while top Division III schools include fifth-ranked Williams, #11 Middlebury, #18 St. Lawrence and #21 Ithaca will also be running in the Gold Race. Adams St., which won the Division II National Championship in 2015 and is currently ranked number two in that division, will also be competing in the race.

For complete information on the race check out the official site here.

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