It’s official: Johns Hopkins has the swiftest women in the country. At the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country championship in Terre Haute, Indiana, the Blue Jays zipped along the course, accumulating a total of 153 points — 63 more than their nearest competitor — to win the national championship. This is the first-ever national title for Johns Hopkins’ women’s sports; the last time the school won a Division III title was back in 1979, when the men’s swimming team emerged victorious from the pool.
“[The plan] was smart then heart,” said senior Annie Monagle, who placed 32nd. “We broke up the race into two parts: we ran smart in the first half and then with heart in the second half.”
The Blue Jays had three women place in the top 35 and thus achieve All-America status; junior Holly Clarke, who finished 25th, is the program’s first two-time All American. And since the team’s front runner, Hannah Oneda (who came in 10th) is just a freshman, we bet there’s plenty of future glory for this squad.