LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's track and field team is set for the 2016 Centennial Conference Championships, beginning on Friday at Dickinson. Day one of competition will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the pole vault, decathlon, and 10,000 meters, with all other events being contested on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's events will begin at 8:45 a.m. while Sunday is slated for an 11:00 a.m. start.
The Diplomats look to improve on last year's seventh-place finish that featured three medals; one gold, one silver, and one bronze.
Rebecca Swisher comes into the 2016 CC Championships as the favorite in the pole vault, as her height of 3.77 meters (12'-4.5") is more than six inches higher than the competition's second seed, Rikka Olson of Dickinson (3.55 meters, 11'-7.75"). A gold medal would be the fourth outdoor title of her storied career and her eighth overall including four more crowns from indoor competition. Additionally, she would become just the second woman in CC history to win an event eight times after Muhlenberg's Alexandra Faust also won eight pole vault titles from 2007-10.
Fellow senior Morgan Gray looks to capture her first conference medal in the triple jump, as she is seeded second with a mark of 10.72 meters (35'-2"). She narrowly missed out on the podium at the 2016 CC Indoor Championships, where she finished fifth in the event.
Alyssa Ward joins Gray in the jumps, looking to once again medal in the long jump and high jump as she did in 2015. She grabbed silver in the high jump last year, and enters competition this season seeded fourth with a height of 1.58 meters (5'-5.25"). In the long jump, which saw her take bronze a year ago, she comes in as the sixth seed with a distance of 51.5 meters (16'-10.75").
Lindsey Powers carries F&M's hopes in the throws, beginning in the shot put where she is seeded fourth with a mark of 11.57 meters (37'-11.5"). The freshman is also in the mix in the discus, as her toss of 29.01 meters (95'-2") is the 11th-best in the conference this season.