The Franklin & Marshall men's track and field team put together another successful season in 2016, tallying 77 points to place third at the Centennial Conference (CC) Championships for the second consecutive season. The Diplomats grabbed eight medals to equal their haul from the 2015 championships, earning three gold medals, four silvers, and one bronze on the weekend.
Evan Friend '16 accounted for two of F&M's first-place finishes, sweeping the sprints for the second straight year. In the 100, his time of 10.75 netted him gold, while his time of 21.73 in the 200 also gave him first place by more than half a second. Logan Lewis '18 nabbed a pair of medals as well, recording a mark of 15.66 meters (51'-4.5") to take first in the shot put and earning second in the discus with a throw of 45.96 meters (150'-9.5").
Michael Hoffman '18 finished second in both the 110- and 400-meter hurdles, marking the second straight year that he took silver in both hurdle events. Ryan Kozloski '17 and Tanner Erisman '19 both reached the podium in the javelin, with Kozloski taking second (56.77 meters, 186'-3") while Erisman took bronze (55.29 meters, 181'-5").
The Diplomats found success during the regular season as well. On April 2, five first-place finishes and eight top-three finishes powered F&M to second place at the Little Three Meet. Kozloski and Hoffman both recorded a pair of individual victories on the day. Lewis won the shot put and took second in the discus as the Diplomats tallied 15 top-three finishes.
F&M tallied another strong outing at the Hopkins-Loyola Invitational on April 17, taking fifth in a field of 17 teams from across all three NCAA Divisions. Friend won the 200 meters and Lewis recorded a pair of second-place finishes to lead a Diplomat squad that totaled 10 top-10 performances on the day.
Friend, Lewis, and Hoffman all earned USTFCCCA All-Mideast Region honors for their efforts during the season, awarded to each region's top five competitors in each event. Lewis was named all-region in both the shot put and discus, while Friend earned the nod in the 200-meter dash and Hoffman in the 110-meter hurdles.