2013 Season Outlook
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.
2012 Season Review
Signature highlight: After sweeping the Centennial Conference and Mideast Region titles, Haverford raced to a second-place tie with Calvin (Mich.) College at the NCAA Division III national championship meet at Lavern Gibson course in Terre Haute, Ind. Finishing in the runner-up spot for the second straight year, the Fords were buoyed by a pair of All-American finishers in Christopher Stadler (12th) and Peter Kissin (28th).
- NCAA Division III national championship: second place (tie)
- All-America honors: Stadler, Kissin
- Mideast Region champions (third consecutive, 21st overall)
- United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Mideast Region coach of the year: Tom Donnelly
- Mideast Region runner-up: Stadler
- All-Mideast Region: Stadler, Kissin, Joel Christian, Brian Sokas, David Roza, Avi Bregman, Charlie Marquardt
- All-Mideast Region freshmen squad: Marquardt
- Centennial Conference champions (third consecutive, 18th overall)
- Centennial Conference runner of the year: Stadler
- All-Centennial Conference first team: Stadler, Christian, Bregman, Kissin,
- All-Centennial Conference second team: Sokas
- Centennial Conference coach of the year: Donnelly
- Philadelphia Inquirer men's cross country performer of the year: Stadler
- Philadelphia Inquirer men's cross country academic all-area squad: Kissin, Stadler
- Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll: Bregman, Aaron Buikema, David Colletta, John Curry, Henri Drake, Zachary Gabor, Ethan Haswell, Gebby Keny, Kissin, David Marsico, Jack McNeilly, Richard Mendelsohn, Ivo Milic-Strkalj, Kyle Priver, Michael Riccio, Daniel Stackman, Stadler
Season notes: Men's cross country has been present in six of the last nine NCAA D-III podium finishes/pictures and has finished in the top 10 nine times in the last 10 years … The LaVern Gibson Championship Course served as the site for eight consecutive NCAA D-III Championships from 2004-11 … All seven runners that raced at the Mideast Regional earned regional honors as Haverford won its 19th regional title in the last 24 years … The Fords hosted the Centennial Conference championship at Alumni Course for the first time in history … Haverford finished fourth in a field of 27 teams at the Princeton Invitational. The highest-finishing D-III squad at the meet, the Fords trailed only Saint Joseph's, Harvard and Iona … Haverford eclipsed several D-I programs to come in 17th at the Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh University … The Fords were ranked in the top two in the nation by the USTFCCCA throughout the season.
Looking ahead: Haverford aims to continue its tradition of excellence in the conference, region and nation in 2013. Returning five of its top seven runners including conference champion Stadler, the Fords will look to be a top-10 team in the nation for the 10th time in the last 11 years.