February 25, 2013

Fords lead way in all-conference performers in men's indoor

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Centennial Conference released its 2013 men's indoor track & field all-conference list Tuesday morning and Haverford College's men led the way with 21 athletes on the list including eight first-team athletes.

All-Centennial first-team honors are earned by finishing in first place in an event at the conference championship meet which was contested Saturday, Feb. 23 in Collegeville, Pa., at Ursinus College. Second-team honors go to athletes who finish as an event runner-up, and third-place finishers garner honorable mention all-league.

Track performer of the meet Christopher Stadler captured the 3,000-meter run and finished second in the 5,000. Teammate Peter Kissin earned first-team honors by winning the 5K and was named honorable mention for a third-place finish in the 3,000.

Another first-team performance came in the mile which was won by Jordan Schilit, crossing the finish ahead of two teammates as Charlie Marquardt was the event runner-up for second-team conference honors while Ivo Milic-Strkalj was named honorable mention all-league in the event with his third-place finish.

Jeffrey Ainsley picked up multiple all-league mentions earning first-team inclusion by winning the heptathlon and finishing as the runner up in both the individual 60-meter hurdles and the high jump events for second-team honors.

By virtue of winning the 4x200-meter relay, the quartet of Sam Callon, Gebby Keny, James Torain and Jonathan Yellets were named first-team all-conference performers.

The distance medley relay foursome of David Colletta, Chris Gardner, Greg Krause and Michael Riccio picked up second-team all-Centennial honors with a runner-up finish at the championship meet. Riccio was also part of a second-place team in the 4x800, joining Marquardt, Jack McNeilly and Milic-Strkalj on the second-team all-conference list.

Haverford picked up two more honorable mention awards in field events. Michael Iannacone was third in the pole vault and Andrew Bennett was third in the triple jump.

The Fords' 21 all-conference mentions outpaced Johns Hopkins University's 18 and Dickinson's 12. Hopkins captured the 2013 indoor track & field championship Saturday with 168 points, only five points ahead of Haverford. Dickinson tied for third with Ursinus College, 69 points behind the Fords.