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Women's Cross Country Prepares for Conference Championship

Hopkins is ranked first in the Mideast Region and the Country.
Oct. 27, 2017

BALTIMORE, MD - The top-ranked Johns Hopkins women's cross country team will be in search of its 10th straight Centennial Conference Championship when the team heads to Gettysburg College for the conference championship meet on Sunday, October 29 at 12 pm.

Dickinson (16) and Haverford (24) are the only other Centennial Conference teams ranked in the national polls. In the regional rankings, JHU tops the Mideast Region followed by Dickinson in second and Haverford in fourth.

Since the championship began in 1993, the Blue Jays have won nine team titles and have had seven individual winners, both of which are second to Dickinson which has 10 team and eight individual champions. Hopkins has 11 top-three finishes and 14 top-five finishes in its 22 appearances, and has not finished outside the top-three since the 2005 season. Five JHU runners have won the CC Rookie of the Year award while head coach Bobby Van Allen has been named coach of the year six times. The team has also had 33 All-Centennial selections and five straight Centennial Runner of the Year winners.

Last Year's Results:
Natalia LaSpada finished fourth in last year's race with a time of 21:19.5 while Caroline Smith finished eighth with a time of 21:32.7. LaSpada earned first team honors while Smith earned second team laurels. Ellie Clawson also earned second team all-conference as she finished in 10th crossing the line in 21:51.01. Overall JHU placed eight runners in the top-15 as it claimed its ninth straight title.

Who to Watch For:
LaSpada, Smith and Clawson will all be in contention for all-conference honors and will be joined by Tasha Freed and Therese Olshanski, who both posted top-t10 finishes at the Pre-National Race on October 14. Also in contention for all-conference honors will be Shaina Palmer and Kristin Meek, who have both had excellent seasons, along with Lauren Jacob, who earned a 14th-place finish in the Rowan Inter-Regional Race.

Coach's Thoughts: 
• "We need to focus on what things we can do to prepare for Nationals. Getting off the line well and packing well will be important, and we will need to push the last 2,000 meters of the race."

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