2016 Outdoor Season Review

Season Notes: Charlie Marquardt became just the seventh runner on the men's side at Haverford to earn six All-America certificates when he placed fourth in the 1500 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships … Marquardt was a three-time national runner-up as an individual or relay participant and was also of member of Haverford's second place cross country team during his freshman season … Marquardt was named the Centennial Conference Outstanding Track Performer of the Year for the sixth straight season dating back to cross country of his junior campaign … Marquardt graduates ranked sixth in Division III history in the 1500 meters with his best time of 3:43.24 that earned him the top seed at the NCAA Championships … He is ranked second in school history in the event behind national record holder Karl Paranya '97 while Haverford has a total of four individuals in the top 10 in that event …  The Fords' 174 points scored at the Centennial Conference Championship was the team's highest total since the 2013 championship outdoor season.

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Looking Ahead: Haverford graduates a talented Class of 2016 that was headlined by Marquardt, but also featured Centennial Conference Champions Jeffrey Ainsley and Dylan Verner Christ. Graham Peet, the 2015 Centennial Conference Cross Country Rookie of the Year, will be back after a runner-up finish in the steeplechase. All-Centennial Conference runners Jimmy Gorman and Henry Woods will also be counted on to continue the tradition of success for the Haverford College men's track & field program.

2016 Outdoor Season Preview

The Haverford College men's outdoor track and field team, following a second place finish at the Centennial Conference Indoor Championship, will get its spring season underway at the Danny Curran Invitational hosted by Widener on Friday at 5 p.m.

NCAA All-American Charlie Marquardt (1,500m) returns to the team that finished second at the 2015 Centennial Conference Outdoor Track Championship. The Fords will return 15 top ten performers from this meet. Graduated from last year's team are NCAA qualifiers David Roza and Joel Christian, as well as Centennial Conference Champion Gibby Graves (High jump, Long jump, Triple jump).

During the indoor season, the Fords had five individual champions and two relay teams pick up wins at the conference meet, totaling seven champions in 17 events. No other team had more than three winners. Haverford finished second to Johns Hopkins in the team standings for the fourth consecutive season. On the outdoor track, head coach Tom Donnelly's team has won the Centennial 18 times in the conference's 22 years and has never finished lower than second.

While Marquardt is the only returning conference champion from last season, senior Jonathan Yellets looks to repeat his success as the winner of the 2013-14 400m. Yellets placed third last season in the same event and is expected to be a featured runner in the sprints this year along with standouts Alex Frost andJeffrey Ainsley.

In the distance races, Haverford returns senior Dylan Verner-Crist and junior Jimmy Gorman, who both picked up top ten finishes in last year's 10,000m at the conference championship.

Henry Woods (1,500m), Nick Gandolfo-Lucia (3,000 steeplechase, 5,000m), and Dorvil Gabriel (110 hurdles, 400 hurdles) also return from top ten finishes.

The regular season schedule runs through April with meets on every weekend, including the Widener Dual Meet (April 26) hosted at Johnson Track, before Centennial Conference Championship action starts on the first weekend of May at Dickinson College. After the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet (May 16), NCAA Championships (May 26-28) will be hosted by Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.