LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's cross country team opens its 2016 season today, hosting the Little Three Meet which features long-time rivals Dickinson and Gettysburg. The annual competition is the first official event for a young Diplomat squad that is aiming for another quality showing at the 2016 NCAA Mid-East Regionals.
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Julia Zielinski and Rachel Weiss, F&M's top two finishers at the 2015 NCAA Mid-East Regionals, were lost to graduation. However, five new faces joined the roster for 2016 and are expected to make an immediate impact. Improved performances from a core of returning contributors and the infusion of new talent has the Diplomats set to finish in the top half of the region for the eighth consecutive year.
Grace Adams – Jr.
Kathleen McCutcheon – Jr.
Abby Grehlinger – Jr.
Amelia Cadwell – So.
Adams leads the crew of returners after she was third across the line for F&M at the regional championships last season. Cadwell and McCutcheon were also featured at regionals a year ago, while Grehlinger has had a strong preseason and looks set for a breakout junior season.
The Road Ahead
F&M hosts its first official meet of the year today, beginning at 6:30 p.m. as rivals Gettysburg and Dickinson come to Lancaster for the Little Three Meet.
Other big events include the Desales Invitational on Oct. 8 in Allentown, Pa. The meet serves as a preview of the 2016 Mid-East Regionals, which will also be hosted by Desales on Nov. 12.
A continued feature to this year's schedule is the "Add to Calendar" button, which allows fans to sync new events and updates directly in their Google, Exchange, Yahoo, Outlook, ICal and additional calendars.
Look for the icon below, which can be accessed at the top-right of the 2016 women's cross country schedule when viewed on your computer, or bottom-left of all schedules on your mobile device.