Senior Max Robinson finished seventh and sophomore Schaffer Ochstein was eighth to lead the Johns Hopkins men's cross country team to its first-ever NCAA regional championship in Allentown, Pa., on Saturday. The Blue Jays made it a clean sweep, as the defending national champion JHU women's team brought home its sixth consecutive Mideast Region crown.
In the men's race, Johns Hopkins scored 62 points to defeat Dickinson (88) and Haverford (106). The Blue Jays had five runners finish among the top 20.
"Depth was a factor again today," JHU coach Bobby Van Allen. "After winning the [Centennial Conference] title, the mindset for this group was to go out and expect to win. Expectations this year have changed and the guys are feeding off that. Now we want to go to the NCAAs and win again. Maybe we're not the best team in the nation on paper, but good luck trying to convince these guys that."
In the women's race, the Blue Jays had four of the top five finishers, paced by sophomore Hannah Oneda, who took second in 21:11. She was followed closely by teammates Holly Clarke, Frances Loeb, and Annie Monagle. JHU finished with 26 points, well ahead of second-place Dickinson (94).
The Blue Jays will defend their national title Saturday at the NCAA championship meet in Hanover, Ind. The JHU men's team will also compete at the NCAA meet.