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Hopkins Gets 13 Runners on All-CC Teams

Sophia Meehan was named 2014 Centennial Conference Runner of the Year
Nov. 14, 2014

Complete Women's All-Centennial Team

LANCASTER, PA – Nine women and four men on the Johns Hopkins cross country teams were named to either First or Second Team All-Centennial Conference as announced by the conference office Friday afternoon. Additionally, head coach Bobby Van Allen was named Coach of the Year on the women’s side, the fourth time since 2008 he has garnered that distinction.

For the women, junior Sophia Meehan leads the way after winning the Conference Championship last weekend and being named Runner of the Year. Meehan posted a time of 21:37 in the championship meet, 25 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. She was the only repeater from the 2013 All-Centennial first team. Freshman Bridget Gottlieb was named Rookie of the Year after finishing third in the race. Gottlieb is the third consecutive Blue Jay to win the award, following in the footsteps of Sophia and Tess Meehan.

Joining Meehan and Gottlieb on the first team for the Jays were Tess Meehan, Ashley Murphy and Caroline Powers, as they finished fourth, fifth and seventh, respectively, in the Conference Championship meet. Abby Flock, who finished eighth, headlined the second team. Grace Hancock, Gabi Drummond and Gabrielle Stephens, who finished 12th, 13th and 14th, respectively, joined Flock on the second team.

On the men’s side Austin Stecklair led the Jays with a fifth place finish (25:50.3) in the Championship meet. Stecklair is the lone repeater from last season’s first team. Joining him on the first team was freshman Tyler Wolfe who finished seventh with a time of 25:56.8. Wolfe’s finish was a pleasant surprise for the Jays, as he had been running outside of the top-five for much of the season. For his efforts, Wolfe was named Rookie of the Year on the men’s side. Like Gottlieb for the women, Wolfe is the third consecutive Hopkins male to win Rookie of the Year, following Schaffer Ochstein and Stefan Arnold.

Speaking of Ochstein, the junior from Dallas, TX, was named to the second team after finishing eighth. Classmate Ryan Alvarez finished 13th and landed a spot on the second team, too.

The Blue Jays were also noticed for their work in the classroom. Ochstein, a biomedical engineering major, was named the Conference’s Scholar-Athlete on the men’s side. The award is presented to a member of the junior or senior class with the highest cumulative GPA on the All-Centennial team. For the women, Ashley Murphy was named to the 2014 Conference Academic Honor Roll.

The Blue Jays will compete tomorrow in the Mideast regional championship at Dickinson College.