F&M Opens 2016 Men’s Cross Country Season by Hosting Little Three

F&M Opens 2016 Men’s Cross Country Season by Hosting Little Three

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LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's men's cross country team returns to action for the 2016 season today, hosting Gettysburg and Dickinson for the annual Little Three Meet. A talented and experienced squad returns for the Diplomats, who look to solidify their place in the upper echelon of regional competitors.

To see the season preview video, click here.

2016 Diplomats

In 2015, F&M placed 18th at the NCAA's Mid-East Regional Meet, marking the fifth consecutive year that the Diplomats have placed inside the top 20. Despite losing James Hamilton, last year's No. 2 finisher for the Diplomats at the regional competition, a strong core of returners and a pair of newcomers have F&M ready to match and surpass the successes of past seasons.

Key Returners

J.T. Paganelli – Sr.

Brien Miceli – Sr.

Michael Whalen – Sr.

Aron Tesfay – Jr.

Spencer Lyman – So.

Patrick Manion – So.

Bryce Williams – So.

Paganelli returns for his final season after wrapping up last year as the top finisher for the Diplomats at the 2015 Mid-East Regionals, where he came in 73rd. He was followed by Lyman, Whalen, and Manion, all of whom finished between 105th and 125th. Williams and Miceli round out the returners from last season's regional competition, and expectations are high for Tesfay in his junior season.

The Road Ahead

F&M hosts its first official meet of the year today, beginning at 6:30 p.m. as rivals Gettysburg and Dickinson come to Lancaster for the Little Three Meet.

Other big events include the Desales Invitational on Oct. 8 in Allentown, Pa. The meet serves as a preview of the 2016 Mid-East Regionals, which will also be hosted by Desales on Nov. 12.

A continued feature to this year's schedule is the "Add to Calendar" button, which allows fans to sync new events and updates directly in their Google, Exchange, Yahoo, Outlook, ICal and additional calendars. 

Look for the icon below, which can be accessed at the top-right of the 2016 men's cross country schedule when viewed on your computer, or bottom-left of all schedules on your mobile device. 

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