Johns Hopkins stays on top, followed by Wartburg and MIT
No. 1 Johns Hopkins
Johns Hopkins returns to competition this fall with a stroke of confidence only one team in the nation can boast. As the reigning NCAA Champions and only women's program in Hopkins history to bring home a national title, the squad has set the bar high in 2013 to continue the same level of success.
Sophomore All-American Hannah Oneda is back for the Blue Jays after a sensational freshman season. Oneda was the team's top runner on the National Championship squad (10th), the Mideast Region Athlete of the Year, the Centennial Conference Runner of the Year and Centennial Rookie of the Year.
Senior Annie Monagle returns for her final year at Hopkins after earning USTFCCC All-America, All-Mideast Region and First-Team All-Centennial Conference honors in 2012. She was the top finisher at the team's preseason time trial.
Hopkins will travel to the Penn State Invitational on Sept.13 to partake in Division I competition.
No. 2 Wartburg
Wartburg returns all top five runners after their national runner-up finish in 2012.
Top returner, junior Alana Enabnit was the seventh finisher behind six seniors. Enabnit is looking to make a great comeback after overcoming injuries from last year's track season.
Senior Sammi Bruett, who placed 14th at nationals, will also be returning.
The Knights boast a strong top seven from 2012 that includes juniors Erin Sawyers, Morgan Gerdes, Serena Goetzl and sophomore Maddi Kleve.
Winning four of the past five conference titles, the Black and Orange hope to defend their third consecutive conference title from Luther.
No. 3 MIT
The Engineers won the previous six consecutive conference titles. MIT is ranked No. 3 nationally and No. 1 in the NEWMAC preseason poll.
The first official meet of the season will not be until Sept. 21, when the Engineers travel to Gorham, Maine for the USM Invitational.