Sept. 4, 2010

 

Courtesy of Johns Hopkins Athletics

BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins men’s cross country team had eight of the top nine finishers and easily cruised to the team title at the 2010 Baltimore Metro Championships at Oregon Ridge Park.  This is the seventh straight Baltimore Metro title for the Blue Jay men, who used their depth to secure the victory.  The Blue Jays totaled 20 points to claim first place, while Morgan State (86) and Goucher (88) finished second and third, respectively.

Sophomore Nick Kisley was the top Johns Hopkins finisher as he led for most of the way after the two-mile mark, but Goucher’s Joey Gegreann caught him in the final 400 meters to grab first place with a time of 16:07.64.  Kisley’s time of 16:17.57 was good for second place and he led a pack of eight straight Johns Hopkins finishers across the line.

Rounding out the scorer’s for the Blue Jays were senior Brandon Hahn (16:31.65), junior Andrew Yen (16:32.91), freshman Julian Saliani (16:36.33) and junior Brett Schwartz (16:38.01).  The spread of just over 20 seconds between JHU’s first and fifth runners was among the best in head coach Bobby Van Allen’s tenure at Johns Hopkins.

With the team title already in hand, Hopkins grabbed three more spots in the top 10 as senior Derek Chang (16:39.87) and freshmen Nick Tyson (16:49.34) and Josh Kays (16:51.17) all clocked in under the 17-minute mark.  Hopkins’ average time of 16:31.30 among its five scoring runners was better than 90 seconds faster than second-place Morgan’s.

Johns Hopkins, which was picked third in the preseason Centennial Conference Poll and seventh in the preseason Mideast Regional Poll, will return to action on Saturday, September 18 when the Blue Jays participate in the Salty Dog Invitational at Navy.