Diplomats Head to Haverford for CC Champs

Diplomats Head to Haverford for CC Champs

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

Race time on the 6K course is set to begin at 11:00 a.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 – 4th (2005)

-       Number of Top-Five Team Finishes – 6

-       Last Top-Five Team Finish – 4th (2005)

-       Individual Champions – 1 – Jamie Kendig (1994)

-       All-CC Selections – 10

-       Last All-CC Selection – Sheena Crawley (2012)

A Look at the Teams 

Johns Hopkins has dominated the Championships as of late, taking 10-straight titles from 2008-17. The Blue Jays enter as the top-ranked team in Division III. Dickinson comes in at No. 6. Prior to Johns Hopkins' run, Dickinson was the top team from 2000-07, while Haverford (3), McDaniel (1) and Gettysburg (1) have also captured team titles in the Conference's 25-year history. 

The Diplomats have performed well in several events this fall and aim to improve on an eighth-place showing at the 2017 CC Championships. This year, F&M finished third at the Hood College Open on Oct. 13 (out of 11 teams).

A Look at the Individuals 

First-years Alexis Salerno and Elizabeth O'Connell look to pace the Diplomats at this year's Championships, having both finished in the top-20 of each one of their races. Salerno's top time came at the Cathart Invite on Sept. 29 with a 23:42.3 finish while O'Connell's best time came at the same event after a 24:03.6 race.

Ellie Clawson of Johns Hopkins returns to set the pace for the field after taking first at last year's CC Champs and being honored as the 2017 Runner of the Year. 

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.