ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall accumulated 100 points and placed third at the 2015 Centennial Conference (CC) Men's Track & Field Championships hosted by Muhlenberg. The Diplomats won eight medals that include four gold, two silver, and two bronze. Johns Hopkins won the title with 175 points, followed by Haverford in second at 121.
F&M's third-place finish ties its best finish in the outdoor championship, which last occurred in 1996. At the indoor championships this past March, the Diplomats were third as well.
Evan Friend won both of his events today, as the junior was victorious in the 100-meter dash at 11.05 and he took gold in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.29.
In the shot put, Logan Lewis took home a gold medal with a distance of 50'-11.00", which is also good for an ECAC qualifying distance. Michael Hoffman won two silver medals with second-place spots in the 110-hurdles (15.22) and the 400-hurdles (56.27).
A team of Lewis, Hoffman, Brad Krell and Friend notched an ECAC-qualifying time at 43.22 and won a bronze medal, while Luk Olenginski took the bronze and an ECAC qualifying time in the 1500-meter at 3:57.87.
Ryan Kozloski finished fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 42'-04.25" and he added a sixth-place spot in the javeline at 173'-04.00". Vincent Acosta took fourth in the discus throw at 139'-07", while Lewis was fifth at 139'.
The Diplomats have several more chances to compete for an NCAA spot, which take place May 21-23 in Canton, N.Y. Some F&M competitors with compete at the Last Chance Meet at Swarthmore on Monday, May 11th, while others will participate at the Georgian Court Last Chance Meet in Lakewood, N.J. this Friday and the ECAC Championships May 14-15 in Springfield, Mass.