2013 Season Review

Signature Highlight:  Running as an at-large selection to the national field, the Fords showed they belonged by finishing 10th at the 2013 Division III men’s cross country championship. Senior Christopher Stadler led the effort with his second straight All-America performance (19th, 25:08.5). Avi Bregman and Charlie Marquardt finished in 50th and 83rd, respectively to give Haverford three finishers in the top 100 of the field of 275 runners.

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The Fords finished in the top 10 at the national meet for the fifth straight season and ninth time in the last 10 years … Christopher Stadler picked up his second straight All-America award … Haverford placed third at the Centennial Championship and Mideast Regional meets … The Fords have now finished in the top three at the regional meet in 24 of the last 25 years … Stadler and Avi Bregman scored All-Centennial  first-team honors by placing first and sixth, respectively, at the conference meet … Stadler became just the fourth runner in Centennial history to wear the individual conference crown in successive years …  Haverford posted a 10th-place finish at the Princeton Invitational on October 19. The Fords finished as the top D-III team out of 29 total squads … Stadler registered the best time by a D-III runner at the Princeton Invitational as he crossed the line in ninth (24 minutes, 1 second) … Haverford placed 30th in the Gold Race of the Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh University on October 5. The 47-team field was heavily populated by D-I squads … Stadler kicked off the season in impressive fashion at the Main Line Invitational as he only trailed a trio of D-I runners when he finished fourth overall (19:26.42) on September 30 as Stadler was named the Centennial runner of the week twice (9/30, 11/4) … The Fords were ranked as high as second in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll during the regular season … Haverford was one of 16 at-large selections to the national field of 32 teams ... The Fords have now qualified for the national meet for 21 consecutive years -- a feat matched by just one other program in the country.

Looking Ahead:  Five of the seven runners that ran at the 2013 national meet, led by all-region honoree Charlie Marquardt, will be back as Haverford looks to continue the program’s tradition of excellence. 

2013 Season Outlook

The men's cross country season officially gets underway for Haverford College on Thursday, Sept. 26 with the annual Main Line Invitational.
Recent history, a book that is growing longer and longer with the team's successes, hints that the Fords will once again vie for not only Centennial Conference honors, but regional and national honors as well.

Since the team placed fourth at the NCAA Division III national meet in 2004, Haverford has been within the top four and on the podium at nationals six times in nine years including the College's first NCAA team championship in 2010 and back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2011 and 2012.

The 2013 squad will likely be led by senior Christopher Stadler who captured the individual title at the conference meet, won by the Fords for the third time in a row, and culminated his season with an All-American finish at nationals. Teammate Avi Bregman should race up front this season as the senior showed his mettle over the course of the cross country, indoor and outdoor track seasons last year, which concluded with an all-American showing in the steeplechase at the D-III outdoor track championship.

The talent is plentiful beyond Stadler and Bregman, however, and this season will probably have a younger 'look' to it than in the senior-dominated years past.

Sophomore Charlie Marquardt and juniors Joel Christian and David Roza should compete for spots within the Fords' top five scoring places this fall. Senior Brian Sokas has bounced in and out of the top spots across the finish line for Haverford over his first three years and will also battle for scoring places.

Most recently a middle-distance track specialist, senior Gebby Keny has the look of a challenger within the Fords' top 10 or 11 runners heading into his senior campaign. Junior John Curry and sophomores Sam Fujimori, Nicholas Gandolfo-Lucia and Dylan Verner-Crist figure to be in the mix within that top dozen also.

The culture of the program allows newcomers to get their feet underneath them before needing to shoulder the burden of leading the team on the race course, and head coach Tom Donnelly expects the freshmen on the roster to follow the same path.

"Don't let the young guys being new guys fool you, though," says Donnelly. "These guys learn that the success of our first guy across the line at a race can be attributed all the way back through the efforts of every guy chasing him down in practices."

The league's coaches tabbed Haverford with the preseason pick as the No. 1 team in the conference with the coaches' poll released by the league office in late August. The Fords garnered seven of nine first-place votes and a total of 73 points to out-distance Dickinson College and Jouns Hopkins University which finished tied for second in the poll with 54 points and one first-place vote apiece.

The United States Cross Country and Track & Field Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) slotted the Fords into second place within its preseason rankings, trailing only reigning national champion North Central (Ill.) College.