LANCASTER, Pa. – After a respectable indoor season that featured multiple strong performances at the Centennial Conference (CC) Indoor Championships, the Franklin & Marshall men's track & field team is set to begin its 2013 outdoor season.
Carl Schnabel enters his 10th season as the head coach of the Diplomats and will guide a talented crop of athletes looking to contend for CC medals and trips to the NCAA Championships. The roster is comprised of a balanced mix of upperclassman combined with sophomore and freshmen classes that are already beginning to show winning potential.
The Diplomats placed seventh out of the nine competing teams at the CC Indoor Championships to finish off the winter season. The highlight of the event was the 4x800 relay team of sophomores Greg Olenginski, Luk Olenginski, Derek Pawlush and Bryan Andrews winning the gold with a time of 7:57.16.
A slew of other young runners revealed they also have what it takes to compete at the collegiate level. This past winter freshman Taaj Amin secured a second-place finish in the 60-meter dash at the CC indoor meet and sophomore Vincent Acosta placed 8th in the shot put.
The 4x400 squad of Brad Krell, Adam Eller, Leo Generali and Mohamed Bah took third, while the 4x200 team featuring Evan Friend, Ryan Johnston, Generali and Bah recorded a sixth-place finish. All relay runners were freshmen and sophomores, revealing the talented underclassmen presence of the F&M team.
F&M will furthermore be represented by a mass of upperclassmen that have recorded All-CC accolades in past seasons. Senior Nils Michaelis, who recently recovered from an injury, is a former All-American in the 110-meter hurdles and three-time outdoor conference gold medalist. Michaelis also holds the meet and conference record in the 110-meter hurdles. Fellow senior Brian Rivera has twice finished second at the CC Championships in the 400-meter hurdles.
After spending spring break in South Carolina, F&M returns to Lancaster with high hopes for the 2013 campaign. The spring campaign will get underway on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with the Little Three Meet.