Johns Hopkins Vying for Fourth Straight NCAA Championship
OSHKOSH, WI- The #1-ranked Johns Hopkins women’s cross country team will look to claim a fourth consecutive national title Saturday at the Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, WI. Hopkins is coming off its eighth straight NCAA Mideast Regional crown and is aiming to bring another trophy back to Baltimore. The race will begin at 11:00 (CT).
Who to Watch: Sophia Meehan leads a talented group of runners for the Blue Jays. The senior finished in sixth place at last year’s NCAA Championship and should be among the first runners to cross the finish line again this year. Hannah Oneda and Tess Meehan could compete for the individual crown, as well. Oneda’s best NCAA finish came as a freshman in 2012, when she crossed the finish line fourth. Tess Meehan earned her first All-America honor last year when she finished in 24th place. Caroline Smith is coming off her best-career race, finishing third at last weekends regional. Courtney Kelly, Caroline Powers and Tasha Freed round out the Hopkins contingent that will race.
Top Competition: Williams appears to be the Jays’ toughest competition. The Ephs are coming off a victory at the New England regional and will look to snap Hopkins’ title streak. Also look for MIT, Washington (MO) and Tufts to finish towards the top of the leaderboard on Saturday.
The Facts: If the Blue Jays run to another title, they would tie the longest streak since the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country Championship began in 1981. SUNY Cortland won four straight from 1992-95. The four total team titles would move Johns Hopkins into a tie for third most.
Where to Watch: For those not traveling to Wisconsin, a live feed is available at http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule.
Quoteable: “We’re in a very good spot,” said head coach Bobby Van Allen. “This is going to be one of the most competitive national championships in a long time, but our girls have prepared themselves well and are ready for the challenge.”