Season Review: Men's cross country carries on tradition of excellence
HAVERFORD, Pa. - A look back at another stellar season on the race course by the Haverford College men's cross country team:
Signature highlight: After sweeping the Centennial Conference and Mideast Region titles, Haverford raced to a second-place tie with Calvin (Mich.) College at the NCAA Division III national championship meet at Lavern Gibson course in Terre Haute, Ind. Finishing in the runner-up spot for the second straight year, the Fords were buoyed by a pair of All-American finishers in Christopher Stadler (12th) and Peter Kissin (28th).
- NCAA Division III national championship: second place (tie)
- All-America honors: Stadler, Kissin
- Mideast Region champions (third consecutive, 21st overall)
- United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Mideast Region coach of the year: Tom Donnelly
- Mideast Region runner-up: Stadler
- All-Mideast Region: Stadler, Kissin, Joel Christian, Brian Sokas, David Roza, Avi Bregman, Charlie Marquardt
- All-Mideast Region freshmen squad: Marquardt
- Centennial Conference champions (third consecutive, 18th overall)
- Centennial Conference runner of the year: Stadler
- All-Centennial Conference first team: Stadler, Christian, Bregman, Kissin,
- All-Centennial Conference second team: Sokas
- Centennial Conference coach of the year: Donnelly
- Philadelphia Inquirer men's cross country performer of the year: Stadler
- Philadelphia Inquirer men's cross country academic all-area squad: Kissin, Stadler
- Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll: Bregman, Aaron Buikema, David Colletta, John Curry, Henri Drake, Zachary Gabor, Ethan Haswell, Gebby Keny, Kissin, David Marsico, Jack McNeilly, Richard Mendelsohn, Ivo Milic-Strkalj, Kyle Priver, Michael Riccio, Daniel Stackman, Stadler
Season notes: Men's cross country has been present in six of the last nine NCAA Division III podium finishes/pictures and has finished in the top 10 nine times in the last 10 years … The LaVern Gibson Championship Course served as the site for eight consecutive NCAA D- I Championships from 2004-11 … All seven runners that raced at the Mideast Regional earned regional honors as Haverford won its 19th regional title in the last 24 years … The Fords hosted the Centennial Conference championship at Alumni Course for the first time in history … Haverford finished fourth in a field of 27 teams at the Princeton Invitational. The highest-finishing D-III squad at the meet, the Fords trailed only Saint Joseph's, Harvard and Iona … Haverford eclipsed several D-I programs to come in 17th at the Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh University … The Fords were ranked in the top two in the nation by the USTFCCCA throughout the season.
Looking ahead: Haverford aims to continue its tradition of excellence in the conference, region and nation in 2013. Returning five of its top seven runners including conference champion Stadler, the Fords will look to be a top-10 team in the nation for the 10th time in the last 11 years.