Johns Hopkins Finishes Fourth at NCAA Championships
OSHKOSH, WI- The Johns Hopkins University women's cross country team took home fourth-place honors at the NCAA Championships Saturday. The 6,000m event was hosted by Wisconsin-Oshkosh at the Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, WI. It is the fourth consecutive year the Blue Jays finished among the top five teams, and fifth straight year the squad finished in the top ten.
Hopkins looked poised to win a fourth-consecutive national title after the first 4,000m, but could not finish in the top spot.
"I'm proud of how well our team fought in the cold conditions today," said head coach Bobby Van Allen. "It takes a lot of things to go perfect to win an NCAA title and how things finished today makes everyone appreciate how great things have gone the last few years."
Williams took home the national championship with 81 points and was followed by SUNY Geneseo (179 points) and MIT (182 points). Hopkins and Washington (MO) rounded out the top five with 188 and 193 points, respectively. This marks the third time Williams has won the national title.
For the second consecutive year Sophia Meehan led the way for JHU with a sixth-place finish, crossing the finish line in 21:31. Caroline Smith (12th place, 21:35) and Tess Meehan (35th place, 21:46) joined Sophia Meehan in earning All-America distinction.
"I was really impressed with how well our top three ran today," added Van Allen. "Sophia and Tess earning back-to-back All-America distinction is impressive and Caroline Smith having the best race of her career on this stage is truly remarkable."
Abrah Masterson of Cornell College won the individual crown, finishing the race in 21:23.
The Johns Hopkins senior class concludes their cross country careers as one of the most successful in the history of Hopkins athletics. The JHU seniors helped lead the program to three NCAA Championships, four NCAA top-four finishes, four NCAA Mideast Regional titles and four Centennial Conference crowns.
"Our seniors have shown such great leadership, they will definitely go down as one of the most successful classes in Johns Hopkins athletics history," concluded Van Allen. "This will also serve as a learning experience for our underclassmen and certainly motivate them to put in the work to get back up to the top of the podium."
Notes: Hannah Oneda was the lone member of the senior class to run in all four NCAA Championships • Hopkins' three All-Americans are the second most in program history • Saturday's fourth-place finish snapped a three-year national championship streak that was the second longest in the history of the sport • Four members of the team have earned at least one All-America honor in their career; Sophia Meehan (2014, 2015), Hannah Oneda (2012, 2013), Tess Meehan (2014, 2015) Caroline Smith (2015) • The Meehan sisters join teammate Hannah Oneda and former teammates Holly Clarke and Annie Monagle as the only five runners in program history to earn two All-America honors.