LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Graduate student Jessica Hoffmann (Millington, N.J./Watchung Hills) finished second among a field of 218 runners and earned a spot in the NCAA Championship meet for a second straight year after posting the impressive finish at Saturday's NCAA Mideast Regionals that were held at West Branch Cross Country Course in Lock Haven.
Hoffmann is one of three student-athletes in cross country program history to qualify for nationals along with Theresa Meade (1984) and Abigail Corrigan (2017).
After recording a 42nd place finish at the 2021 NCAA Championship meet, the Millington, N.J., native will head to East Lansing, Mich. to compete in this year's race on Nov. 19.
Here are some of the highlights for the Royals from Saturday's meet.
- The third place regional finish for the Royals marks the highest in program history as they sat third in the team standings with 155 points. Johns Hopkins placed three runners in the Top 10 and won the team title with 40 points.
- Hoffmann took second in a time of 21:47.0 on the 6,000 meter course behind only Hopkins' Alex Ross who won the individual title in 21:42.8.
- Jessica's younger sister, sophomore Samantha Hoffmann (Millington, N.J./Watchung Hills) recorded a 21st place finish on Saturday in 22:52.2.
- The junior duo of Catriona Corbett (Springfield, N.J./Jonathan Dayton) and Olivia Tullman (Chester Springs, Pa./The Hill School) placed 43rd and 44th respectively with times of 23:20.2 and 23:22.4.
- Freshman Emily Hopkins (Scranton, Pa./Scranton) rounded out the Royals' top five with a time of 23:29.8 in 49th place.
More information on the upcoming NCAA Championships will be posted at athletics.scranton.edu later this week.