LANCASTER, Pa. – Coming off of a record setting indoor season, the Franklin & Marshall's women's track and field team looks to continue that momentum into the 2013 outdoor season.
Head coach Carl Schnabel enters his 10th season at F&M and will lead a group of strong competitors into the spring season. The team will include upperclassmen that have previously claimed Centennial Conference (CC) Championship medals and a solid force of underclassmen that are beginning to contend at the collegiate level.
No stranger to CC honors, senior Sheena Crawley is the most decorated runner in F&M history. Seven times Crawley has received All-American honors; two in cross country and five in track. Crawley owns the school record in the 800 meter, 1500 meter and 5000 meter, and also holds the conference record in the 1500. The senior is fresh off of a winter season in which she placed second at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the mile, and also set new CC indoor marks in both the mile and 1000 meter.
Along with Crawley, two other CC individual champions will be returning for the 2013 spring season. Freshman Rebecca Swisher came away with the gold medal in pole vault at the 2013 indoor championships, and senior Martha Stefaniak is the two-time defending conference champion in the discus.
Seniors Ariel Lefkovits, Kristen Marinaccio and Sylvia Zohrabian are returning CC honorees as well. Lefkovits placed fifth in the 200-meter dash and was part of the 4x400 relay team that came in second at the 2012 outdoor championships. Marinaccio has placed in the top-eight in the long jump at each of the last three outdoor championships, along with being a member of the 4x100 relay team that finished fourth at the 2012 outdoor meet. Zohrabian won gold back in the spring of 2011 as a member of the 4x400 team, and recently claimed a fifth-place finish at the indoor championships in the pole vault.
Junior Samantha Greenberg finished fifth in the heptathlon at both the 2013 indoor and 2012 outdoor meets. Sophomores Samantha Walmer and Alexandra Hawkins have already proven themselves in the short distances. Walmer placed sixth in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2013 indoor championships, and Hawkins was a member of the 4x100 relay team that placed fourth at the 2012 outdoor championships.
With a squad that consists of capable sprinters, distance runners, throwers and jumpers, the Diplomats will look to contend for one of the top spots in the CC this spring.
F&M will begin its spring campaign this Saturday at the Little Three Meet hosted by Gettysburg.