LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall men's track and field is set to open its indoor season this Saturday, hosting the Diplomat Open. The team is looking to improve after finishing eighth at Centennial Conference (CC) Championships in the winter and fifth in the spring last year.
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F&M graduated six seniors from the roster, but a dominant group of veterans and newcomers return to help the Diplomats this season.
Athletes to Watch
Logan Lewis – Sr.
Spencer Lyman – Jr.
Tanner Erisman – Jr.
A.J. Bates – So.
Lewis returns for his senior season after being named CC Outstanding Field Performer last spring after winning the hammer throw and shot put and taking bronze in the discus at the CC Championships. The senior has won the shot put event in both the winter and spring the past two years, and is aiming for a first appearance at the NCAA Championships.
Bates returns from an impressive freshman campaign, earning second place in the 60-meter hurdles during winter CC Championships and then taking gold in the 110-meter hurdles in the spring.
Juniors Lyman and Erisman look to build on strong performances last year. Lyman led the team during the winter season in sprints and mid-distance, pacing the Diplomats in the mile at East Stroudsburg's DeShriver Invite by finishing second out of 32 competitors. Erisman won the silver medal at last spring's CC Championships with a javelin throw of 56.91 meters.
The Road Ahead
F&M opens its winter season hosting back-to-back invites with the Diplomat Open on Saturday, Dec. 2 and the Coach I Open on Saturday, Jan. 13.
The Diplomats are on the road through February, culminating in CC Indoor Championships hosted by Ursinus on Feb. 24-25. NCAA Indoor Championships are slated for March 9-10 in Birmingham, Ala.
F&M has a quick turnaround for its outdoor season, starting on Saturday, March 17 at Mary Washington for an invite. The Diplomats remain on the road for the outdoor season with CC Outdoor Championships taking place May 4-6 at Ursinus. NCAA Outdoor Championships are scheduled for May 24-26 in La Crosse, Wisc.
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