LANCASTER, Pa. – With many competitors scoring points in the Centennial Conference (CC) indoor championships, Franklin & Marshall's women's track & field squad looks to carry its success into the 2015 outdoor season.
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At the CC Championships, the Diplomats placed eighth, but had several top individual performances, led by Rebecca Swisher. The junior won the pole vault for the third year in a row, earning a trip to the NCAA Indoor Championship where Swisher tied for fourth with a height of 12'-1.5" to earn All-America honors as a top-eight finisher. Swisher's honor is the sixth-straight All-America awards earned by a member of the women's track & field team and her fourth place finished is the highest for a field event in F&M history.
Participants who also performed well at the CC Champs include Alyssa Ward, who claimed silver in the high jump at 5'-1.0" and added more points for F&M in the long jump with another second-place finish at 16'-6.0". In the shot put, Livia Meneghin won bronze with a personal best of 40'-6.0", while Maya Jackson tossed 40'-4.25" for a fourth-place finish. The Medley Relay team of Kimberly Hilfrank, Olivia Bendit, Grace Adams, and Rachael Weiss took eighth at 13.16.26 and just missed an ECAC cut.
12th-year head coach Carl Schnabel expects big performances from the women's side this upcoming season, as two of their stronger events, the javelin and the discus throw, take place outdoors.
Players to Watch
Swisher – Jr. | Pole Vault
Meneghin – Sr. | Throws
Jackson – So. | Throws
Ward – Fr. | Jumps/Sprints
The Road Ahead
The outdoor season begins on Saturday when Dickinson hosts the 66th annual Little Three Meet. Other meets that highlight schedule include the Delaware Open on April 11, the Widener Invitational on April 18, and the Penn Relays on April 23-24, while the CC Outdoor Championships take place May 2-3, hosted by Muhlenberg.