Men’s Cross Country Ready for CC Champs

Men’s Cross Country Ready for CC Champs

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's men's cross country team will compete at Sunday's Centennial Conference (CC) Championships, hosted by Gettysburg.

Race time on the 8K course is set to begin at 11:00 a.m. A team and individual champion will be crowned at the conclusion of the event with an awards ceremony taking place near the main tent. 

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F&M History at Championships  

-       Top Finish – 2nd (1993, 1996, 1997)

-       Number of Top-Five Team Finishes – 8 

-       Last Top-Five Team Finish – 5th (2014)

-       Individual Champions – 2 - Steve Monaco (1993), Frank McCartney (1999)

-       All-CC Selections – 9

-       Last All-CC Selection – Frank McCartney (1999) 

A Look at the Teams

Sunday's race will be the 25th all time. Haverford (Tied for third nationally) has taken 21 titles during that stretch with only Dickinson (2008, 2009) and Johns Hopkins (2013) ever supplanting the Fords. The Blue Jays enter with the nation's No. 14 ranking, while Dickinson fell out of the latest poll. 

F&M has found success throughout the year and will look to improve on a seventh-place (179 points) showing at the 2016 Championships. The Diplomats secured a first-place title during the 2017 regular season, finishing first out of four teams at the Battle for the Buggy on Oct. 7 and placed second at the Hood Invitational on Oct. 14.

A Look at the Individuals

Spencer Lyman is F&M's most consistent runner during the course of the year, producing the Diplomats' top finish at the Battle for the Buggy meet in October  (6th Place | 28:58) and the Hood College Open (14th Place | 28:11.1 in October). Pat Manion has also been impressive with a top finish at the Hood Invite (27:36.9) and seventh at the Battle for the Buggy (29:26).  

J. T. Paganelli was F&M's top finisher at last season's CC Championships, taking 18th with a time of 26:24. 

Haverford's Ben Taber (2nd Place) and Johns Hopkins' Louis Levine (4th Place) return as All-CC First Team runners from a year ago and are expected to pace the field. 

Up Next 

Following the Conference Championships, the Diplomats close out the year with the NCAA Mid-East Regionals on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11:00 a.m. The event is being hosted by Big Spring HS-Newville.