December 4, 2012

Five from Haverford named to MAC 100 cross country century teams

ANNVILLE, Pa. – The Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC), celebrating its 100th birthday, has announced the second of its All-Century teams with five alumni from Haverford College earning inclusion on the all-century cross country teams released on Tuesday morning.

The all-century teams, broken into eras, honored Tamara Lave '90 and Jennifer Maranzano '94 on the 1912-1992 women's team, and Mike Sheely '83, Seamus McElligott '91 and Matt Leighninger '92 on the 1975-1992 men's team.

Lave and Maranzano were both two-time All-Americans in cross country and two-time MAC individual cross country champions -- Lave in 1988 and 1989, and Maranzano in 1991 and 1992. Maranzano, a 2008 inductee into Haverford's Thomas Glasser '82 Hall of Achievement, finished fourth at nationals to close out her junior cross country season in 1992, helping the Fords to a 10th-place finish. In the first year of Centennial competition, 1993, Maranzano won the individual cross country title.

Sheely was a two-time all-American (1978, 1982) and three-time MAC champion (1978, 1979, 1982) and represented the United States at the 1979 World Cross Country Championship in Limerick, Ireland.

McElligott, the 1990 MAC champion, was a Division III cross country all-American in 1987, 1989 and 1990 and remains the last D-III athlete to also earn D-I all-American honors (1990). He raced to the NCAA individual title in 1990. McElligott went on to represent the U.S. at the world cross country championships of 1996 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Leighninger wore the 1989 individual MAC crown and was on the first three conference championship teams that kicked off a string of 19 consecutive league titles, MAC and Centennial, by Haverford teams. He and his teammates on the 1990 squad finished eighth at the NCAA D-III national meet. Leighninger also earned a coveted NCAA postgraduate scholarship in 1992.

MAC 100 Men's and Women's Cross Country Century Teams