Franklin & Marshall's women's track and field team delivered a dominant 2019 campaign that saw three program records broken and a Diplomat return to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2017.
Rachel Wylie '20 made her way back to the national stage, qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the 400m Hurdles for the second time in her career. The junior found her stride at the Centennial Conference (CC) Championships, finishing her preliminary race with a time of 1:02.57, which was enough to qualify Wylie as the 22nd seed. Wylie ended the season with a 19th-place finish at NCAAs, running for a time of 1:04.99 on May 23.
Wylie reset the program mark in the 100m Hurdles at the CC Champs on May 5, finishing the race in 15 seconds flat, which was good for second.
Lindsey Powers '19 ended her career with a program record under her name, throwing for 12.72m in the Shot Put at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships on May 16.
Four podium finishes helped the Diplomats to a sixth-place showing at the CC Championships from May 3-5. Wylie led with gold and silver in the 100m and 400m Hurdles, respectively, while Powers took the bronze in the Shot Put. The 4x400m relay team of Kaitlin Muccio '19, Wylie, Laura Greene '22, and Emily Natoli '20 finished third with a time of 4:03.12.
Muccio, Alexis Salerno '22, Greene, and Elizabeth O'Connell '22 teamed up for a program record in the 4x800m Relay, finishing with a time of 9:37.60 on the second day of the CC Champs, breaking a 36-year-old school record.
Muccio delivered a strong senior campaign, resetting all her personal bests in four out of five meets to close out the season. Beginning with a 26.80 finish in the 200m at the Osprey Open on April 12, Muccio went on to a personal best in the 800m Run (2:19.58) on April 14 at the Bison Outdoor Classic, the 100m Dash (13.36) on April 20 at the All American Meet, and the 400m (59.88) during the preliminaries of the CC Champs on May 4.
As a team, the Diplomats notched their best finish at the Blue Jay Tune-Up on April 27, led by Powers, who took first in the Shot Put (11.77m) and second in the Discus Throw (33.12m), and Greene, who finished on top in the 800m Run (2:20.81).