Season in Review: 2016 Men’s Cross Country

Season in Review: 2016 Men’s Cross Country

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Franklin & Marshall men's cross country rounded off another successful campaign in 2016, placing 12th out of 52 teams at the NCAA Mid-East Regionals on Nov. 12. The finish was the best for the Diplomats since 2012, and marked the sixth straight season that F&M has landed in the top 20.

J.T. Paganelli finished 40th (26:08) and Michael Whalen (26:18) took 45th in a field of 351 to pace the Diplomats. Spencer Lyman also broke the top 100, finishing 58th in 26:30.

F&M turned in another stellar performance earlier in the season, beating out 11 other squads to win the team title at the PSU-Abington Invitational on Sept. 17. Patrick Manion took first place overall with a time of 29:23.4, followed by three more Diplomats in the top four and seven in the top 20 for a dominant performance.

The Alvernia Invitational on Oct. 15 saw F&M again emerge victorious, beating out hosts Alvernia and PSU-Berks thanks to four runners in the top five. Manion again took the individual victory, clocking a time of 28:01.4, followed by Lyman in second (28:13.5), Ignacio Picado Fallas in fourth (29:15.9), and Brien Miceli in fifth (29:25.9).