2015 Season Review
Signature Races: The Haverford College men's cross country team defended its Centennial Conference Championship (Oct. 31) with five runners placing inside the top ten, highlighted by senior Charlie Marquardt's second straight individual title at the Greenspring Course on the campus of Stevenson University. Haverford scored its 20th conference title in 23 seasons while Marquardt became the 18th Ford to win the conference event.
Haverford qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship with its first place finish at the Mideast Regional (Nov.14) at the Big Spring High School hosted by Dickinson College. This was the team's 23rd consecutive trip to the NCAA meet.
NCAA Division III Championship – 12th place
NCAA All-American - Marquardt
Mideast Region Runner of the Year – Marquardt
Mideast Region Coach of the Year – Tom Donnelly
All-Mideast Region – Marquardt, Jimmy Gorman, Sam Fujimori, Henry Woods, Graham Peet, Nicholas Gandolfo-Lucia and Dylan Verner-Crist
Centennial Conference Runner of the Year – Marquardt
All-Centennial Conference First Team – Marquardt, Gorman, Fujimori
All-Centennial Conference Second Team – Peet, Gandolfo-Lucia, Woods, Michael Brier and Verner-Crist
Centennial Conference Freshman of the Year – Peet
Centennial Conference Coach of the Year – Donnelly
Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team – Bill Ristow
Centennial Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll – Liam Bassett, Brier, Fujimori, Gandolfo-Lucia, Ryan Gooding, Charlie Hale, Marcelo Jauregui-Volpe, Brad Morbeck, Ristow, Julian Schneider, James Stadler, Verner-Crist and Woods
Centennial Conference Runner of the Week – Marquardt (Sept. 21, Oct. 5 & 19)
Season Notes: The team won four straight meets including the conference and Mideast Regional meets … Marquardt became the first Ford to win a cross country All-American certificate since 2013 … The senior is just the fifth person to win back-to-back conference titles and the fourth from Haverford … The Fords now have 92 Centennial Conference first-team selections, 62 more than the next closest school, Dickinson … Haverford finished third among 39 teams at the Paul Short Run (Oct. 2) … The team outscored Division-I Temple at the Main Line Invitational (Sept. 18).
2015 Season Outlook
After qualifying for the NCAA Championships for the 22nd straight season and winning the Centennial Conference crown for the 19th time in 22 years last year, the Haverford College men's cross country team will look to continue a successful stretch in the conference and on the national stage.
Senior Charlie Marquardt returns after winning the Mideast Region Runner of the Year and Centennial Conference Runner of the Year last season. He won the Mideast Regional and conference individual titles becoming the first Fords' runner to win back-to-back meets since Anders Hulleberg '11 in 2010. Another top returner is junior Jimmy Gorman, who placed ninth in the conference meet and 247th in the national race. Senior Nicholas Gandolfo-Lucia (143rd) and juniorMichael Brier (253rd) also return after racing in the NCAA Championships in 2014.
Head coach Tom Donnelly's squad was selected as the No. 1 team in the Centennial Conference coaches' preseason poll with five first-place votes and 61 voting points. Johns Hopkins, who placed second in the conference meet last season received four first-place votes and 60 points.
Haverford was also picked as the No. 23 team in the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association's preseason poll. The Fords were the second Centennial Conference team to make the poll as Johns Hopkins was No. 20. The conference was well-represented in the Mideast regional rankings as Johns Hopkins (No. 3), Haverford (No. 4) Dickinson (No. 5) and Swarthmore (No. 8) were among the top ten.
The Fords' season gets started with the Alumni Open tomorrow (Sept. 5) on the Alumni Cross Country Course. Haverford fans will have the opportunity to see the team two more times with the Main Line Invitational on Sept. 18 and Haverford Invitational on Oct. 23. The Centennial Conference Championships are Oct. 31 with the NCAA Mideast Regional taking place Nov. 14 and NCAA Championships on Nov. 21.