HAVERFORD, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's men's cross country team will compete at Saturday's Centennial Conference (CC) Championships, hosted by Haverford.
Race time on the 8K course is set to begin at 12:00 p.m. A team and individual champion will be crowned at the conclusion of the event with an awards ceremony taking place near the main tent.
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F&M History at Championships
- Top Finish – 2nd (1993, 1996, 1997)
- Number of Top-Five Team Finishes – 8
- Last Top-Five Team Finish – 5th (2014)
- Individual Champions – 2 - Steve Monaco (1993), Frank McCartney (1999)
- All-CC Selections – 9
- Last All-CC Selection – Frank McCartney (1999)
A Look at the Teams
Saturday's race will be the 24th all time. Haverford (No. 15 nationally) has taken 20 titles during that stretch with only Dickinson (2008, 2009) and Johns Hopkins (2013) ever supplanting the Fords. The Blue Jays enter with the nation's No. 30 ranking, while Dickinson received votes in the latest poll.
F&M has found success throughout the year and will look to improve on a seventh-place (185 points) showing at the 2015 Championships. The Diplomats have secured a pair of titles during the 2016 regular season, securing first out of 12 teams at the PSU-Abington Invitational on Sept. 17 and following with first out of three teams at the Alvernia Invitational on Oct. 15.
A Look at the Individuals
Michael Whalen has been F&M's most consistent runner during the course of the year, producing the Diplomats' top finish at the Little Three meet in September (6th Place | 15:49.3) and the DeSales Invitational (31st Place | 26:46 in October). Patrick Manion has also been impressive with individual titles at the Abington Invitational (29:23.4) and the Alvernia Invitational (28:0.4).
J.T. Paganelli was F&M's top finisher at last season's CC Championships, taking 21st with a time of 26:22.
Gettysburg's Ben Taber (6th Place) and Muhlenberg's Jaryd Flank (3rd Place) return as All-CC First Team runners from a year ago and are expected to pace the field.
Following the Conference Championships, the Diplomats close out the year with the NCAA Mid-East Regionals on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 11:00 a.m. The event is being hosted by DeSales.