F&M Takes Third At CC Championship; Several Diplomats Win Gold

F&M Takes Third At CC Championship; Several Diplomats Win Gold

HAVERFORD, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's men's track & field squad earned a third place finish out of nine competing teams this weekend at the 2015 Centennial Conference (CC) Championship, hosted by Haverford. At the two-day event, the Diplomats accumulated 83 points, while Johns Hopkins won the title with 205 points, followed by Haverford with 157. 

Evan Friend won gold in two races, coming in first in the 60-meter dash at 7.11, just .02 seconds off the school record. He was also victorious in the 200-meter dash, crossing the line at 22.25, while Brad Krell finished fourth at 23.37. 

The distance medley relay team of Leo Generali, Derek Pawlush, Greg Olenginski, and Luk Olenginski each took home a gold medal, finishing at 10:29.32. Going into the last lap of the race, Haverford's runner aggressively cut off L. Olenginski to take the lead, however L. Olenginski ultimately caught the Fords' runner in the last 100 meters to give F&M the win. 

Vincent Acosta was another Diplomat who won gold, as the senior's throw of 46'-8.25" in the shot put was good for first place for the second year in a row. Logan Lewis finished fifth at 13'-28.", and Bob McCarron placed eighth at 13'-07", surpassing his old personal record by over a foot. 

In the 60-meter hurdles, Michael Hoffman won silver, finishing at 8.63, while the 4x200 Relay team of Friend, Krell, Hoffman, and Jinxin Chen also took silver, finishing at 1:32.96. 

Ryan Kozloski earned a fifth-place spot in the triple jump at 42'-05.25" and Michael Whalen raced a 4.40 in the mile, good for 18th in a very competitive field. 

A successful weekend for relay teams continued when John Vallachi, Pawlush, L. Olenginski and G. Olenginski placed second in the 4x800 Relay at 8:02.21, which was good for an ECAC qualifying time. 

Finally, Krell, Pawlush, Phil Johnson, and Generali earned a fourth-place finish in the 4x400 Relay with a time of 3:32.28. 

There is a possible last chance meet scheduled for next Saturday with the NCAA Indoor Championships slated for March 13-14 for those that qualify.