HANOVER, Ind. — Johns Hopkins won its second consecutive national title on Saturday, finishing first at the NCAA Championships at Hanover with 85 points. Sophomore Hannah Oneda led the Blue Jays with a fourth-place finish (21:27), the best by a Hopkins runner at the NCAA championships.
Senior Annie Monagle took 14th (21:43), while junior Frances Loeb finished 15th (21:44) to pace the Blue Jays. Hopkins is the first team to win back-to-back NCAA titles since Middlebury won in 2000 and 2001.
“I’m so proud of such a historic season that was fueled by so many individuals well beyond the seven that ran today,” head coach Bobby Van Allen said.
“They handled the pressure extremely well with great maturity from being ranked No. 1 all year and cut our point total almost in half from last year’s team… these girls are developing the culture of Johns Hopkins cross country and felt like they were representing all the alumni that have ever worn a Hopkins cross country uniform.”
The Blue Jays cruised to the front of the pack off the starting line, and maintained a lead with Oneda, Clarke, Loeb and Monagle through the first several kilometers. The windy looping course at Hanover provided spectators with an up close and personal view of the race, and proved challenging for the field of competitors.
Oneda stuck with the front pack for the duration of the race, which included Chelsea Johnson (St. Scholastica), Noelle Olson (St. Olaf), and Kaleigh Kenny (Williams). When she first finished, Oneda shook off the initial shock before realizing what her team had just accomplished.
“When I went across the finish line, I sat down and was delirious and I looked around and was like, ‘did we win?’” Oneda said. “Once we looked up at the screen and flashed the results, that was awesome.”
In addition to Monagle and Loeb’s 14th and 15th place finishes, the Blue Jays placed two more runners in the top 50 as senior Holly Clarke finished 38th (22:03) and Ashley Murphy took 46th (22:09). Hopkins was the only team to place five runners inside the top 50 in the overall standings and in the top 40 in the team standings, which secured the team victory by a 52-point margin.
Williams captured second place in the team standings with 137 points, while Middlebury took third with 185. The women’s 6k individual national champion was Chelsea Johnson from St. Scholastica, who finished in 21:11.