BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins women’s cross country team won its fourth NCAA National Championships title in five seasons in 2016. Here’s a look at the Blue Jays’ season.
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS
Johns Hopkins earned its fourth NCAA National Championships crown in 2016. Three Blue Jays earned All-American status in the race, led by Tess Meehan, the first three-time All-American in program history. Felicia Koerner and Natalia LaSpada also earned All-American status for their top 35 finishes in the NCAA Championships. Ellie Clawson and Caroline Smith rounded out the top five for the Blue Jays, guiding the team to 128 points and the largest margin of victory in the NCAA National Championships in program history.
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The Blue Jays captured their ninth straight titles in the Centennial Conference Championships and NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in 2016. Felicia Koerner earned the individual victory in each race, recording times of 20:56.4 and 21:12 in the Centennial Conference Championships and NCAA Mideast Regional Championships, respectively. Johns Hopkins dominated its competition, topping the Centennial Conference with 21 points and winning the NCAa Mideast Regionals with 38 points, 82 points better than second place finisher Dickinson. In addition to Koerner’s honors, Rebecca Grusby was the top freshman finisher at each race, earning Rookie of the Year recognition. Koerner, Grusby Tess Meehan and Natalia LaSpada landed on the All-Centennial First Team, while Caroline Smith, Samantha Levy, Ellie Clawson and Shannon Martello earned spots on the All-Centennial Conference Second Team. All seven of JHU’s runners at the NCAA Mideast Regional – Koerner, Meehan, Grusby, LaSpada, Clawson, Martello and Gina D’Addario – earned All-Regional status.
Head coach Bobby Van Allen was named the USTFCCCA Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year as he led the Blue Jays to their fourth NCAA National Championships title. Van Allen also earned the Coach of the Year award from the USTFCCCA in the Mideast Regional, while Felicia Koerner was named the Mideast Regional Runner of the Year after capturing the individual crown at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships. In the Centennial Conference, Koerner became the sixth Blue Jay to be named the Centennial Runner of the Year, while Rebecca Grusby earned Centennial Rookie of the Year honors, making it the fifth straight year that a Hopkins runner earned the award.
Tess Meehan closed out her JHU career as the first three-time All-American runner and the first four-time All-Regional runner in Hopkins history. Koerner and Natalia LaSpada also each earned All-American and All-Regional status, while Grusby, Ellie Clawson, Shannon Martello and Gina D’Addario joined the trio as All-Regional runners.
Senior Tess Meehan posted a personal best in the NCAA National Championships with a time of 21:20.0 and a 25th place finish. Joining her as an All-American was Natalia LaSpada, whose time of 21:15.1 was also a personal record. Centennial Conference Individual Champion Felicia Koerner set a personal record in her victory with a time of 20:56.4. Shannon Martello also recorded a personal best in the Championships, finishing in 21:58.3. Additionally, at the Centennial Conference meet, Kristin Meek, Julia Chang and Erin Brush posted personal records with times of 22:46, 23:03 and 24:04, respectively.
Several Blue Jays had strong showings in the victory at the Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle. Among the runners setting personal records in the race were Rebecca Grusby finishing in 21:17.9, Samantha Levy in 21:34.8, Ellie Clawson in 21:35.8, Gina D’Addario in 21:57.4, Lauren Jacob in 22:08.1, Jordan Delane in 22:31.0, Chloe Grzyb in 23:49.7 and Caelyn Reilly in 24:26.2. In the first 6,000 meter race of the season, the Paul Short Invitational, Shaina Palmer, Lara Gaffney, Erin Jones and Laura Mears set personal records with times of 22:33, 22:35, 22:42 and 22:46, respectively.
BY THE NUMBERS
1 – USTFCCCA Coach of the Year
1 – Three-time All-American
1 – Mideast Regional Runner of the Year
1 – Centennial Conference Runner of the Year
1 – Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year
3 – NCAA All-Americans
6 – First place meet finishes
7 – NCAA Mideast All-Regional Runners
9 – NCAA Mideast Regional Championships titles
9 – Centennial Conference Championships titles
74 – Margin of victory in the NCAA National Championships
0:32.6 – 1-5 gap at the NCAA National Championships
20:56.4 – Felicia Koerner’s Centennial Championship time, the best of the season
21:10.0 – Tess Meehan’s 25th place finish in the NCAA National Championships