Men's Cross Country Set to Take on Centennial Conference Championships

Men's Cross Country Set to Take on Centennial Conference Championships

Centennial Conference Preview

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall men's cross country team begins its postseason journey this Saturday when the Diplomats take part in the 2022 Centennial Conference Championships. This year's championship meet will be held at Haverford, with the men's race set for a 12 p.m. noon start on the 8,000 meter course.

A live stream of the finish line (weather permitting) and live splits will be available for the conference championship through the links above.

The Diplomats are coming off of a seventh-place team finish at the 2021 championship meet, which matched the team's highest finish since the 2015 and 2016 campaigns. F&M, who owns three runner-up finishers and two third-place finishes all-time, last placed in the top five during the 2014 season.

Alfonso Knoll has the fastest 8K time for the Diplomats this season (26:19.1), which he set at the Paul Short Run just four weeks ago. He will be looking to improve on last year's 49th place individual finish. Transfer Noah Hall will make his CC Championship debut after breaking 27 minutes in back-to-back races, including a personal-best 26:25.1 at the Paul Short Run. Alex Miller and Alex Fillman have also broken the 27 minute mark this season after placing 62nd and 46th, respectively, at last year's meet. Bennett Wasch is the team's top returner after placing 31st a year ago, but has yet to compete this season. His career PR is also under the 27 minute mark.

Connor Ashnault turned in a top 50 finish during the 2021 Championships and just missed the 27 minute barrier (27:12.2) at Lehigh's Paul Short Run. Senior Mike Maglione, sophomore Owen McCann, and first-year Chris Mayo have also broken the 28-minute mark throughout their careers. Jack Emrey just missed the 28 minute mark by sixth-tenths of a second during the team's meet at Gettysburg two weeks ago and will look to break through this weekend. First-year Holden Brown and junior Nick Trapani will enter the conference championship coming off of their own personal bests, while senior Dan Gaiewski and junior Jake Naddelman both bring returning experience to the meet for the Diplomats.

Five regionally-ranked teams will compete among the nine squads at the championship, including Haverford (No. 1 Metro) and Johns Hopkins (No. 1 Mid-Atlantic) who are both No. 1 in their respective regions. Swarthmore (No. 2 Metro), Dickinson (No. 4 Mid-Atlantic), and Ursinus (No. 10 Metro) will also provide a strong test for the Diplomats.

After the Centennial Conference Championships, the Diplomats will have two weeks before they return to competition at the Mid-Atlantic Regional in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania where team and individual bids to the NCAA Division III Championships will be on the line.