Five medals and a fifth-place finish at the Centennial Conference (CC) Championships from May 5-7 rounded out a strong 2017 campaign for the Franklin & Marshall men's track and field team.
Logan Lewis '18 tallied two of F&M's three gold-medal performances at the CC Championships, including the inaugural CC Crown in the hammer throw. The junior began the weekend by throwing the hammer a distance of 45.70 meters (149'-11"), taking gold by more than five feet in the first time that the Conference contested the event. Lewis added another dominant performance in the shot put, winning the event for the third time in three years as his distance of 15.41 meters (50'-6.75") made him the only competitor to surpass 15 meters. A third-place effort in the discus (45.36 meters, 148'-10") gave him three medals on the weekend and led to him being named the CC Outstanding Field Performer.
A.J. Bates '20 also topped the podium for the Diplomats, taking gold in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.55. He also took sixth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.74.
Tanner Erisman '19 and Ryan Kozloski '17 both recorded high finishes in the javelin as F&M continued its dominance in the throws. Erisman's throw of 56.91 meters (186'-8") was good for a silver medal, while Kosloski's effort of 54.39 meters (178'-5") earned him fourth place.
The Diplomats hosted Gettysburg and Dickinson for the Little Three Meet on March 25, narrowly missing out on winning the competition as F&M collected 146 points on the day, just 4.5 points behind winners Dickinson with 150.5. Lewis, Kozloski, Erisman, Bates, Michael Whalen '17, and Jabari Benjamin '18 all earned at least one individual victory on the day.
Other season highlights included Lewis competing in the shot put at the Penn Relays on April 28, finishing in 17th out of 44 competitors and breaking a 24-year-old school record with a distance of 16.03 meters (52'-7.25").
F&M finished off the season at the ECAC Championships from May 17-18, with Whalen earning third in the 3000-meter steeplechase (10:00.09) and Erisman taking third in the javelin (56.67 meters).