Rainey earns 1st-team honors as Haverford places 5 on outdoor track all-conference team
LANCASTER, Pa. - Junior Hope Rainey garnered first-team Centennial Conference honors as five members of the Haverford College women's outdoor track & field team earned inclusion to the all-conference squad released by the league on Monday morning. Coach Fran Rizzo was voted coach of the year by his peers in recognition of another strong campaign by the Fords that saw them finish in second at the championship meet.
Rainey captured first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Centennial's outdoor track & field championships hosted by Ursinus College on May 3-5 with a career-best time of 11 minutes, 13.23 seconds. Senior Andrea Tocci and freshman Maggie Heffernan followed in second and third, respectively, to give the Fords a medal sweep in the event. Tocci merited inclusion to the all-conference second team for her performance while Heffernan earned honorable mention all-conference recognition.
Joining Tocci in earning a spot on the all-conference second team was classmate Hannah Davis. Davis took second in the 400m hurdles as she established a new career-best time (1:03.72) for the third consecutive outing.
Freshman Fiona Hendry rounded out Haverford's all-conference selections with a third-place finish in the 5,000. Hendry's career-best time of 17:38.37 produced valuable points for the Fords on the final day of the meet.
Earning conference coach of the year accolades for the fourth time in his career, Rizzo's program has been a model of consistency as Haverford has placed in the top four in the conference every spring since the inception of the championship meet in 1994. Rizzo was previously named coach of the year in cross country (2009 and 2012) and indoor track (2009-2010 season).
Junior Emily Scott was named to the Centennial's all-sportsmanship team.