2017 Season Recap

Season Highlights: The Haverford College women's cross country team qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship for the third straight year and eighth time in the past nine seasons. The Fords placed 27th at the NCAA Division III Championship in what was the program's 17th appearance all-time as a team. Haverford earned an at-large bid to the national meet after placing third at the Mideast Regional for the second time in the past three seasons. The Fords also place third at the Centennial Conference Championship and had three All-Centennial Conference selections to go along with three All-Mideast Region honorees. During the year, the Fords won the Main Line Invitational DIII Meet and the Dickinson Invitational long race.

Awards

Season Notes: Haverford has qualified for the NCAA Championship as a team 17 times in program history, including eight of the past nine seasons … The Fords were ranked as high as No. 24 in the USTFCCCA National Poll during the fall season … Haverford had three top 10 finishers at the Centennial Conference Championship for the first time since 2013 and just the eighth time in program history … Katie Sullivan became just one of 24 runners in Centennial Conference history to be named first-team All-Centennial Conference in women's cross country during three different seasons … Nicole Giannetti repeated her second-team All-CC honors from 2016 while Amelia Keyser-Gibson raced to the first all-conference accolades of her career … Katie Sullivan and Amelia Keyser-Gibson became the 11th and 12th runners in program history to earn All-Mideast Region honors in three different seasons … Nicole Giannetti capped her cross country career as a two-time All-Mideast Region performer.

Looking ahead: Haverford will graduate a talented senior class which was headlined by the front-running trio of Katie SullivanNicole Giannetti, and Amelia Keyser-Gibson. The Fords did have four runners (junior Sophie Drew, sophomore Mckenna Krall, and first years Hannah Doll and Hannah Yeakey) make their Mideast Regional and NCAA Division III Championship debuts this year. Those runners will look to lead the Fords back to the national meet as the team looks for new leaders to replace the departing seniors from the 2017 team.

 

 

2017 Season Outlook

Captains' Preseason Interview

The Haverford College women's cross country team has qualified for the NCAA Championship seven times in the past eight seasons. Coming off of a 23rd place finish, the Fords have plenty of reason for continued optimism as they return all seven of their athletes who competed at the national championship last fall.

Six of the returners from the NCAA meet in 2016 will be entering their senior campaigns as they look to propel Haverford up the team rankings. Katie Sullivan – a two-time NCAA qualifier, two-time All-Mideast Region, and two-time second-team All-Centennial Conference selection – headlines those returners. She placed 52nd at the NCAA Championships last fall with Haverford's fastest ever time at the 6,000 meter distance (21:38.4). Sullivan is a three-time All-American between the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.

Four other seniors will be looking to make their third appearance at the NCAA Championship. Nicole Giannetti turned in her best NCAA cross country performance with a 135th place finish last year. The reigning Centennial Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year in cross country, Giannetti's best time of her career came at the conference championships last fall when she crossed the line in a time of 21:58.7. Amelia Keyser-Gibson had the highest finish at the NCAAs among her teammates as she was 46th during the 2015 season. She is also a two-time All-Mideast Region performer.

Seniors Sarah Wade and MaryKate Cavanaugh are also two-year qualifiers on the team. Both runners hit their peak in the postseason last year with Wade as the team's fourth finisher in a time of 22:46.0 to place 213th. Cavanaugh ran her personal best time of 22:39.1 at the Centennial Conference Championship. Alison Love made her first appearance at the NCAA Championships last fall and turned in a personal best time of 23:45.5. She will join Keyser-Gibson and Giannetti as captains of this year's team. Fellow seniors Liana Alves has a personal best time of 25:25.0 which she set at last year's conference meet while Amy Zamora will join the cross country squad for the first time this fall after competing solely in track during her first three years.

Abe Doroshow was Haverford's final scoring runner at the Mideast Regional and NCAA Championship last year, turning in a personal best time of 22:51.1 to place 221st at the national meet. Nine more sophomores will be looking to make an even bigger impact on the program during their second season at Haverford. Mckenna Krall holds the fastest 6,000 meter time in her class as she crossed the finish line in 23:54.5 at Rowan during the 2016 season. Jolie JaycobsZoe Arditi, and Mariana Ramirez each broke the 26 minute mark in their rookie seasons, while Michelle Luu is just seconds from joining her teammates in that venture. Alison Champagne only competed in three mile races a season ago while Kathryn Correia, Sadie Kenyon-Dean, Carlotta Pazzi, and Daisy Zhan will all look to run their first cross country races during their sophomore seasons.

Juniors Sophie Drew and Julia Smith are the lone representatives from their class, but both have been hovering around the 24 minute mark and will look to break through those personal bests this fall. Drew finally broke that mark with a time of 23:57.1 at Rowan in 2016 while Smith crossed the line at the 24:14.4 mark during that same day.

Even with the strong lineup in the senior class, the Fords have plenty of youth waiting in the wings. In addition to the nine sophomores, seven first-year runners join the program this fall: Amalia AxinnHannah DollMolly HawkinsGriffin KaulbachAngie PetrichenkoKat Turner, and Hannah Yeakey.

The 2017 season will be head coach Fran Rizzo's 28th leading the Fords. A three-time conference champion in cross country, Rizzo's cross country teams has made it to the NCAA Championship as a team during 16 different seasons and have had 13 All-American performances in the fall. Looking to have an All-American in cross country for the first time since 2012, Haverford opens the season with the Alumnae Open and Main Line Invitational after the Haverford Open on September 2. Gettysburg will serve as host of the Centennial Conference Championship while conference rival Dickinson will host the Mideast Regional. Elsah, Illinois will be the site of the 2017 NCAA Division Cross Country Championships. The Fords were third in the conference last year and fifth in the regional before earning an at-large bid to the national championship meet.