2014 Season Review

Signature Race: The Haverford College men's cross country team hosted the Centennial Conference Championship and won the team title for the 19th time in 22 seasons on Nov. 1. Junior Charlie Marquardt claimed the 17th individual title for the Fords in the conference's history. Senior David Roza finished just nine seconds behind Marquardt in second place while senior Joel Christian was third in the race. Senior Soren Rasmussen was sixth and sophomore Jimmy Gorman was ninth. 

Awards:

  • NCAA Division III Championship – 14th place
  • Mideast Region Runner of the Year – Charlie Marquardt
  • All-Mideast Region – Charlie Marquardt, David Roza and Joel Christian
  • Centennial Conference Runner of the Year – Charlie Marquardt
  • All-Centennial Conference First Team – Charlie Marquardt, David Roza, Joel Christian, Soren Rasmussen
  • All-Centennial Conference Second Team – Jimmy Gorman
  • Centennial Conference Coach of the Year – Tom Donnelly
  • Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team – Zachary Gabor
  • Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll - Graham BarrettMichael BrierJohn CurryHenri Drake, Zachary Gabor, Nicholas Gandolfo-Lucia, Christopher Gardner, Ryan GoodingCharlie HaleEvan HamiltonDavid MarsicoKyle PriverJulian Schneider
  • Centennial Conference Runner of the Week – Charlie Marquardt (Sept. 19, Oct. 20), Soren Rasmussen (Oct. 27)

Season Notes: The Fords qualified for the NCAA Championship for the 22nd straight season … Roza ran a personal-best (24:55.3), finishing in a team-best 50th place at the NCAA meet … Marquardt won the Mideast Regional and Centennial Conference meets becoming the first Fords' runner to win back-to-back meets since Anders Hulleberg '11 in 2010 … Marquardt set a new course record (24:57.4) at the Big Spring High School at the regional meet and was one of only two runners in the 343 person field to finish the race in less than 25 minutes … The Fords have won the last five Centennial Conference individual titles … With four runners among the top seven finishers in the conference meet, Haverford now has 89 first team all-conference runners … Marquardt was the highest Non-Division I runner in the Main Line Invitational (Sept. 25) … Haverford finished second at the Lehigh University Paul Short Invitational (Oct. 4) … During the Princeton Invitational, the Fords were the highest non-Division I team in the field, placing 10th (Oct. 18).

Looking Ahead: Four of the seven runners that ran in the NCAA meet will return led by Marquardt as Haverford will look to reach the NCAA Championship for the 23rd straight time.


2014 Season Outlook

After finishing 10th at the NCAA Cross Country Championship last season, the Haverford College men's cross country team will open the 2014 campaign with the annual Haverford Alumni/Open on Saturday.

With five of their top seven runners from the 2013 national meet returning this year, the Fords will look to continue a historic tradition that has seen them finish in the top 10 at the NCAA national meet in nine of the last 10 seasons including winning the school's first team national championship in 2010. They have qualified for the NCAA Championship 21 straight years and have won the Centennial Conference 18 times in 21 seasons.

Head coach Tom Donnelly's 2014 squad will be led by all-region honoree Charlie Marquardt who finished 83rd at the 2013 NCAA Championship. Senior Joel Christian returns after placing 26th in the Centennial Conference Championship last season and racing to the all-conference first team in 2012. Junior Sam Fujimoriran 168th in the 2013 national meet and finished 15th in the Centennial Conference Championship. Sophomore Jimmy Gorman is another returner with NCAA experience as he ran 235th in last year's championship meet while junior Dylan Verner-Crist had a 261st place finish in the 2013 national meet.

The Fords were slotted for second place in the 2014 Centennial Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll and 11th in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division III National Preseason Coaches' Poll.

The men's cross country team will run four home events this season. Following the Alumni Meet, the Fords will host Main Line Invitational onSeptember 25.  The Fords will also host the Haverford Invitational on October 24, followed by the Centennial Conference Championship the next week (Nov. 1).