LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's men's cross country team will compete at the Centennial Conference (CC) Championships this Saturday. The event, hosted by Johns Hopkins on the campus of Stevenson University, will determine individual and team champions for the season.
F&M has enjoyed a fruitful 2015 season, finishing fifth out of 39 teams at the Paul Short Run and eighth out of 24 at the Gettysburg Invitational.
In the season's first three events, three different competitors have crossed the line first for the Diplomats. Bryce Williams led F&M at the Little Three Meet, finishing ninth with a time of 16:18.4. After finishing 11th at the Little Three, Patrick Manion was the first finisher for the Diplomats at the Paul Short Run, coming in 29th with a time of 27:02, while Williams finished 34th. At the Gettysburg Invitational, it was J.T. Paganelli leading F&M with a 36th-place finish in 27:14. Spencer Lyman, James Hamilton, Brien Miceli, Ignacio Picado Fallas, and Aron Tesfay have all contributed fine efforts for high team finishes.
Hamilton, Miceli, and Michael Whalen all ran in the top seven at last season's CC Championships. Hamilton crossed the line 48th with a time of 27:43.9, Whalen finished 57th in 28:03.1, and Miceli came in 59th with a time of 28:05.0.
The highest Diplomat finish in CC history is second place, occurring three times in 1993, 1996, and 1997. Twice F&M has placed third (1994, 1995). In the 22 years of competition Haverford has won the team title 19 times, with Dickinson (twice) and Johns Hopkins (once) are the only other teams to win the crown.
Two Diplomats have claimed top individual honors; Steve Monaco in 1993 and Frank McCartney in 1999, while nine Diplomats have received All-CC honors.
For more information on the CC Men's Cross Country Championship, visit the tournament homepage by clicking here.