2016 Season Review

Season Highlights: The Haverford College men's cross country team again defended its Centennial Conference Championship (Oct. 29), with four finishers within the top 10 in the 8K race. Henry Woods placed second overall in the race, which was held on the Haverford campus at the Alumni Cross Country course. Haverford picked up its 21st conference title in 24 campaigns, dispatching Johns Hopkins who finished second. The Fords qualified for the Division III Championships by virtue of its second place finish at the Mideast Regional in Center Valley, Pa. (Nov. 12). Woods finished third overall in the Regional to pace the Fords. In its 24th overall appearance in the NCAA meet, Haverford finished 18th while Woods was named All-American after a 22nd place individual finish.

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Season Notes: Donnelly picked up Centennial Conference Coach of the Year honors for the third straight season and sixth time overall … Woods was the top Haverford finisher in every race he competed in this season … Jimmy Gorman completed an impressive run of four national championship putting himself amongst an elite group of Haverford distance runners that includes Seamus McElligott and Karl Paranya … Sophomore Graham Peet remains on track to join the exclusive club after competing in his second NCAA championship in as many years on campus … Haverford finished within the Top 20 of the nation for 24th straight season dating back to 1993 … The Fords were ranked as high as No. 14 in the USTFCCCA Poll.

Looking ahead: The Fords will return All-American Woods for his senior season as Ryan Herlihy, Dylan Gearinger, Graham Peet and Greg Morgan will also return from All-Region and All-Centennial conference seasons. Haverford loses co-captains Gorman and Hale from its NCAA contingent, but the future remains bright with a talented sophomore class ready to step into a leadership role as juniors in 2017. Haverford will waste no time before getting back to competitive running as the Indoor Track and Field season begins on Dec. 8 with the Haverford Holiday Meet at the Alumni Field House.

2016 Season Outlook

HAVERFORD, Pa. – The Haverford men's cross country team will compete for a 24th straight trip to the NCAA Championships in 2016 while hoping for be crowned Centennial Conference champion for the 21st time in 23 years. The run of sustained dominance by the program has expectations high yet again on campus, with another squad that looks poised for success on the national stage.

Last season, the team defended its Centennial Conference crown with five runners placing within the top ten at the conference championship before tackling the Mideast Regional and coming away with the title at that event.

Tom Donnelly, a USTFCCCA Hall of Famer, returns for his 42nd season as men' cross country coach after being named the Centennial Conference and Mideast Region Coach of the Year.

Charlie Marquardt, an NCAA All-American and the Centennial individual champion, became the first Ford to win a cross country All-American certificate since 2013 and also capped an illustrious career with his second consecutive Centennial Conference Runner of the Year and Mideast Region Runner of the Year awards.

The Fords will be without the leadership of Marquardt in 2016, as the Pasadena, Calif. product has joined the ranks of the Alumni after graduating in the spring.

Despite the loss of Marquardt, The Fords will return a bevy of All-Mideast region performers including Jimmy Gorman, Graham Peet, and Henry Woods. Peet returns for his sophomore season after winning Centennial Conference Freshman of the Year while Gorman joins Charlie Hale in captaining the Haverford harriers in 2016.

Haverford has been chosen as the number one team in the Centennial Conference by the conference head coaches in their annual preseason poll. Haverford received seven first-place votes (63 points). The Fords finished six points clear of Johns Hopkins, who was picked second with 57 overall tallies and two first-place votes. Dickinson was selected as the No. 3 team, followed by Swarthmore, Muhlenberg, Gettysburg, Franklin & Marshall, Ursinus and McDaniel.

Donnelly's team gets the season underway at the Alumni Open (Sept. 3) before hosting the Main Line Invitational (Sept. 16) at the Alumni Cross Country Course. The Fords will host the Centennial Conference Championship meet on October 29 at the Alumni Cross Country Course.