The Franklin & Marshall women's track and field team put together another strong season in 2016, winning five medals at the Centennial Conference (CC) Championships and sending an athlete to the NCAA Championships for the seventh consecutive year.
Rebecca Swisher '16 finished off her senior year by qualifying for nationals a third time, placing ninth with a height of 3.80 meters (12'-5.5"). Earlier in May, she collected her fourth outdoor CC Title and eighth overall including indoor competition, breaking her own school record with an effort of 3.84 meters (12'-7.25") to win by more than a foot. With that victory, she became just the second athlete in conference history to win eight championships in one event.
Alyssa Ward '18 turned in a strong performance at the CC Championships as well, winning a pair of medals in the jumps. In the high jump, she cleared 1.59 meters (5'-2.5") to earn silver and tally eight points for the Diplomats. In the long jump, she posted a distance of 5.16 meters (16'-11") to take third place.
Morgan Gray '16 reached the podium as well, taking bronze in the triple jump with an effort of 10.99 meters (36'-0.75"). Lindsey Powers '19 equaled Gray with a third-place effort in the shot put, recording a heave of 11.96 meters (39'-3").
For their efforts, Swisher, Gray, and Powers earned a place at the ECAC Championships in Westfield, Mass. from May 18-19. Swisher led the way by taking third in the pole vault at 3.76 meters (12'-4"), while Gray finished 12th in the triple jump and Powers took 23rd in the shot put.