Women's Cross Country Remains #1 in National Poll
BALTIMORE, MD – Head Coach Bobby Van Allen and the top ranked Johns Hopkins women’s cross country team will once again carry the number one ranking into this weekend’s races as the Blue Jays will divide up and compete in the NCAA Division III Pre Nationals, hosted by Principia College in Elsha, IL, and at the Rowan Inter-Regional which will be held in Glassboro, NJ. The defending national champions have been the top ranked team in all six of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Polls this season.
With its ninth straight number one ranking, Hopkins has now been the top ranked team in the USTFCCCA Poll 36 times out of 42 weeks since the start of the 2013 season. The four time National Champions have earned a top seven ranking every week since the start of the 2012 season and have been ranked in the top 15 in the country every week since the beginning of the 2009 season. Overall the Blue Jays have been ranked number one 37 times while every other team has been ranked number one a total of 44 times since the start of the 2009 season.
JHU has had an excellent season so far as the Blue Jays have won two races and put together an impressive showing in the highly-competitive Gold Race at the Paul Short Run, where they defeated many top programs including Division I teams such as Wake Forest, Iona, Maryland and Navy, and finished an impressive 19 spots ahead of Williams College, which is ranked fifth in Division III.
Below are the details for this Saturday’s races.
NCAA DIVISION III PRE NATIONALS
The Blue Jays will be sending eight runners to the Pre National Race at Principa College which will also host the NCAA Championships on November 18. The race is scheduled to feature seven top-ten teams (including Hopkins) and 16 teams ranked in the top 35. Johns Hopkins will see runners from second-ranked Washington University, third-ranked MIT and fourth-ranked SUNY Geneseo. The race will begin at 11:45 am ET.
Hopkins will be sending approximately 17 runners to the race, which will be held on the campus of Rowan University. The Blue Jays will see Centennial Conference rivals Dickinson (#8 in the nation), Haverford (#30) and Swarthmore in the race along with #7 Waynesburg and #24 Otterbein. Last year’s race featured 13 nationally-ranked teams as well as the individual Division III Champion, Amy Regan of Stevens Tech. The race is scheduled to begin at 11:00 am with the Open Race starting at 12:30 pm. Live results can be found here.