Johns Hopkins Women Break Centennial Conference DMR Record

NEW YORK – The Johns Hopkins women’s distance medley relay team broke the school and conference record in the DMR on Friday at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational at the Armory in New York, N.Y. A team of seniors Rachel Hogen, Paula Osborn, Jordan Ireton and junior Laura Paulsen placed 13th of 19 teams with a time of 11:49.14.

The relay smashed a seven-year old Centennial Conference record, 11:58.04, set by Dickinson in 2002. In 2008 at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, the DMR was won in a time of 11:48, just one second quicker than the Blue Jays NCAA automatic qualifying time at the Armory.

Hopkins set a school record at 12:14 at the Terrapin Invitational two weeks ago, earning an NCAA provisional qualification. The Blue Jays defeated several Division I schools (UCLA, South Carolina, Houston and Florida Atlantic) and was one of just two Division III schools in the race, clocking in 23 seconds before fellow Division III institution, Brandeis.

JHU finished fourth in its heat and each of the four girls achieved a personal record in the race. The Blue Jays earned admission into the meet last week with their seed-time of 12:14 from the Terrapin Invitational. The New Balance Collegiate Invitational featured many of the top Division I teams in the nation and is considered the most prestigious meet of the collegiate indoor track & field season.

Hopkins returns to action at the Frank Colden Invitational on Saturday, February 7 at Ursinus College.