F&M Gears Up for CC Champs

F&M Gears Up for CC Champs

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

Race time on the 8K course is set to begin at 12:00 p.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 26th all time. Haverford (No. 4 in Division III) has taken 22 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. 6 ranking, while Dickinson sits 24th.  

F&M has found success throughout the year and will look to improve on an eighth-place (226 points) showing at the 2017 Championships. The Diplomats took home fourth out of 13 teams at the Hood Invitational on Oct. 13 earlier this year.

A Look at the Individuals

Spencer Lyman has led the Diplomats throughout the season. The senior has placed in the top-15 of every race with his best finish placing him fifth out of 113 runners at the Hood Invitational with a 26:45.9 race.

Lyman was F&M's top finisher at last season's CC Championships, taking 36th with a time of 27:51. 

Haverford's Graham Peet and Ryan Herlihy return as the second and third-place finishers from last year, as well 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. 10 at 12:00 p.m. The event is being hosted by DeSales in Center Valley, Pa.