WESTMINSTER, Md. — In one of the most exciting races in the 29-year history of the Baltimore Metro Women’s Cross Country Championships, Towson edged Johns Hopkins by one point to claim the team title and break JHU’s three-year run at the top. The Tigers grabbed the top-two individual finishers and had five of the top 13, while the Blue Jays had five runners in the top 10, but fell by a single point.
Towson finished with 29 points to edge the Blue Jays, who totaled 30. Goucher (91 points), McDaniel (113), Hood (144) and Stevenson (161) rounded out the field.
Towson senior Katie Ogden won the individual title clocking in at 19:15 and was followed closely by teammate Elizabeth Tucker, who placed second with a time of 19:23.
Freshman Hannah Eckstein was the top JHU finisher as she covered the course in 19:26 to place third, while sophomore Holly Clarke was just behind at 19:35 to earn a fourth-place finish.
The Tigers earned places five and eight and secured the team title when senior Erika Griffth grabbed a 13th-place finish with a time of 20:17. If she had flipped places with JHU’s Lindsey Sanborn, who placed 14th (20:21), JHU would have won the team title by a point.
The Blue Jays’ other scoring runners were freshmen Ashley Murphy (6th/19:45), junior Annie Monagle (7th/19:47) and sophomore Lara Shegoski (10th/20.01).
Johns Hopkins had 25 of the top-40 runners in the race, none of which were seniors. Goucher’s Katherine Currier, who placed ninth overall with a time of 20:00, was the only runner from a school other than Towson or Johns Hopkins to finish in the top 25.