Edward, O'Connell Named All-Region For Women's Track & Field

Edward, O'Connell Named All-Region For Women's Track & Field


LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall women's outdoor track & field team had two athletes named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Mid-Atlantic Region team. Elizabeth O'Connell earned all-region accolades at the 1,500 meter distance, while Christline Edward received her honor in the 400 meter hurdles.

The top-5 individuals in each event from each region earned all-region distinction, in addition to each member of the region's top-3 relay teams. The regions used for this award – East, Great Lakes, Metro, Mid-Atlantic, Mideast, Midwest, Niagara, North, South, and West – match those used during the cross country season. Both of Franklin & Marshall's times that garnered all-region status also ranked among the top 50 marks nationally.

Edward posted the third-fastest time in the Mid-Atlantic Region when she finished in 1:04.37 at the East Stroudsburg All-American Meet in late April. After her rookie season, Edward already ranks third in school history for that event and finished as the silver medalist at the Centennial Conference Championships.

O'Connell's personal best time of 4:38.22 in the 1,500 meters came at the MIT Final Qualifier and ranked her fourth overall in the region. O'Connell was also a member of the All-Mid-Atlantic DMR during the indoor season and took home the bronze during her 1,500m individual event at the conference's outdoor championship. That time was the second-fastest in school history, only behind All-American Sheena Crawley '13. This event was an overall strength for the Diplomats as six of the top 10 performers in school history were members of this year's team.

The 2021-22 season was a record-breaking campaign overall for the Diplomats. F&M capped its spectacular season with its second-highest point total in Centennial Conference history at the outdoor track & field championships. Between the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons, the Diplomats set five school records this year.