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Christian, Roza and Marquardt Heading to NCAA Outdoor Track Championships

Senior Joel Christian, junior Charlie Marquardt and senior David Roza
Senior Joel Christian, junior Charlie Marquardt and senior David Roza

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HAVERFORD, Pa. – Seniors Joel Christian, David Roza and junior Charlie Marquardt will represent the Haverford College men's outdoor track and field team at the 2015 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.

Christian will run in the 10,000m event on Thursday at 7 p.m. The senior comes into the race as the No. 10 seed after posting his quickest time (30:33.30) at the Larry Ellis Invitational (Apr. 17). He also scored his first spring All-Centennial Conference accolade as he crossed the finish line in second place in the 10,000m event at the Centennial Conference Championships (May 1).

The Fords have had seven runners win nine All-American certificates in the 10,000m race at the NCAA Championships. Seamus McElligott '91 was a three-time All-American including one at the Division I level in 1991 while assistant coach J.B. Haglund '02 (2002), Donald Letts '08 (2007), Zach Vaslow '07 (2007), Andrew Sturner '12 (2012), Peter Kissin '13 (2013) and Christopher Stadler '14 (2014) each All-American certificates in event.

In the 3,000m steeplechase preliminaries on Thursday at 5:50 p.m., Roza will be the No. 6 seed (9:05.90) among 20 individuals. The 20 runners in the event will be broken into two heats. The top four times from the two heats along with the top six remaining times will advance to the final on Saturday at 12:50 p.m. The senior ran his best steeplechase time at the Larry Ellis Invitational (Apr. 17) and had another top 20 time in Division III with his run (9:11.09) at the Sam Howell Invitational (Apr. 3).

At the Centennial Conference Championships (May 2-3), Roza became one of seven runners, six of which were Fords, to win the 5,000m (15:16.18) and 3,000m steeplechase in one year. Nate Suter '95 (1994), Ian Fraser '98 (1998), Haglund (2002), Grant Scott '06 (2005-06), Ian Ramsey-North '08 (2008) also accomplished the feat.

The Fords have had 12 steeplechase All-Americans in its history beginning with Matt Leighninger '92 (1991). The list includes Fraser (1996, 1998), Ntobeko Ntusi '98 (1997), Aaron Cooper '98 (1997-98), Willie Stroever '02 (2001), Scott Sargrad '04 (2004), Scott (2006), Ramsey-North (2007), Avi Bregman '14 (2013-14).

Marquardt will be a No. 1 seed for the second time this academic year. The junior was the No. 1 seed in the 3,000m race at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, finishing fifth and picking up his first individual All-American certificate. The 20 runners in the 1,500m will be split into two heats beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday. The top four times from the two heats along with the four remaining times will advance to the final on Saturday at 1:40 p.m.

The 1,500m No. 1 seed saved his best for last as he was the fifth person and third Ford in conference meet history to win both the 800m and 1,500m races, winning the Centennial Conference Outstanding Track Performer. Karl Paranya '97 (1995-97) and Tim Schoch '12 (2010-11) were the other Haverford runners to win both events. In the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet (May 11), Marquardt set a personal record in the 1,500m (3:43.84) which was also the eight fastest all-time in Division III. The runner also had the second quickest time in Division III with his 9:05.90 at the Larry Ellis Invitational (Apr. 17).

Haverford has had a great run of success in the 1,500m at the NCAA Outdoor Track Championships. The Fords have had Kevin Foley '83 (1980-83), Liam O'Neill '86 (1986), Leighninger '92 (1990-92), Aaron Curry '94 (1993-94), Karl Paranya '97 (1995-97), Aryn Davis '97 (1997), Ntusi (1998), Jason Bernstein '01 (1999, 2001), Bobby Cannon '08 (2005), Sam Dalke '07 (2006), Ivo Milic-Strkalj '13 (2010), Schoch (2011-12), Eric Arnold '12 (2011) and Jordan Schilit '13 (2003) reach All-American status in the event.

Head coach Tom Donnelly's squad has finished in the top ten each of the past two seasons with a tie for sixth place in 2014 and eighth place tally in 2013. Live video and live results of the NCAA Championships will be available online through St. Lawrence's Championship Central Page linked above.