Blue Jays Sweep Centennial Awards; Prepare for Regionals
LANCASTER, PA – The top-ranked Johns Hopkins women’s cross country team won its tenth Centennial Conference Championship and the conference honored the team for its success as Ellie Clawson was named the Runner of the Year, Therese Olshanski earned the Rookie of the Year, and head coach Bobby Van Allen was named the Coach of the Year. Clawson, Natalia LaSpada, Olshanski and Caroline Smith were named to the first team all-conference while Lauren Jacob, Kristin Meek, and Allison Rosen earned second team honors for their finishes at the conference championships. Bridget Gottlieb was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team.
Clawson won the conference meet with a time of 21:17.8 while LaSpada finished second with a time of 21:29.4. Olshanski finished the championship race in fifth as she crossed the line with a time of 21:59.9 and Smith finished right behind her in sixth with a mark of 22:04.2. Jacob (22:33.4), Meek (22:47.0) and Rosen (22:51.4) finished 11th, 13th and 14th respectively.
For Van Allen, this is fourth consecutive Coach of the Year Award and his seventh overall. JHU has now had a runner win the Runner of the Year and Rookie of the Year in six straight seasons.
Hopkins will be in search of its tenth straight NCAA Mideast Regional Championship on Saturday, November 11 at 12:15 pm. The race will be hosted by Dickinson College in Newville, PA.
The top two teams in the regional will automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships which will take place on November 18 in Elsha, IL. Teams outside of the top two can qualify as at-large bids, which will be revealed on November 12 at 1 pm.
Last year Hopkins placed four runners in the top ten and had all seven of its their runners finish in the top 26. Felicia Koerner won the race in 21:12 while Rebecca Grusby (21:54) finished seventh and Clawson finished 16th (22:12). The Blue Jays finished 82 points ahead of second place finisher Dickinson.
Along with the returning runners from last year's team, Olshanski, Jacob, Meek, and Smith will look to pace JHU and earn top finishes for the Blue Jays.
HEAD COACH Bobby Van Allen:
• "Our goal is to have a more solid meet where we can work together as a team on some strategies to help us prepare for NCAAs."
• "All seven girls will be looking to earn All-NCAA Mideast Region honors by finishing in the top-35."
• "This course prevents some challenging rolling hills in the middle of the race that we will look to manage as efficiently as posible and work towards a strong finish."