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).