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2014 Division III Women’s Cross Country

Johns Hopkins proves its place, once again, at the head of the pack

They won the Mideast Regional Cross Country Championships by 71 points. They qualified for the NCAA national championships for the seventh consecutive year. In each of the previous two years, they claimed the national title.

To say that the Johns Hopkins University women’s cross country team was a favorite heading into the 2014 Division III championships in Mason, Ohio, would be an understatement. The Blue Jays’ list of accolades, bolstered by yet another first-place performance at nationals Nov. 22, might suggest that winning came easily to this team. But considering the injuries that struck their runners and the deep field of competition the team faced, Johns Hopkins coach Bobby Van Allen knows that was not the case.

“This year, we had to overcome more injuries than we’ve had in the past,” Van Allen said. “To be able to have all the pieces come together on one day in November to win an NCAA title at any level is very meaningful, and something we take a lot of pride in.” 

Led by junior Sophia Meehan – who finished sixth in the 6-kilometer race with a time of 21:47.2 – the Blue Jays became the first team in Division III women’s history to win three straight championships since the State University of New York at Cortland won four from 1992 to 1995. Four Johns Hopkins runners placed among the top 30 runners.

“This year’s group is the most intense and fearless group I’ve had,” Van Allen, the Johns Hopkins coach of 15 years, said.

All season long, the women knew when they needed to push themselves and when they needed to back off for their health, Van Allen added. “This team will go down as one of our best ever.”

 

The Results

TEAM SCORES
1st: Johns Hopkins, 87
2nd: MIT, 112
3rd: St. Lawrence, 138

INDIVIDUAL SCORES
1st: Amy Regan, Stevens, 20:51.9
2nd: Lucy Cheadle, Washington-St. Louis, 20:58.7
3rd: Cassandra Vince, Calvin, 21:30.2

ELITE 89 HONOREES
Abigail Bullmore, Wheaton (IL)
Miranda Stockton, Mount Union

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