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Haverford Cross Country Ready to Take Off

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By Jane Bary, Staff Writer

Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams are raring to go as they look to once again advance to the NCAA championships by season’s end. The teams return many of last year’s stars as well as a host of talented new young runners. This mix of experience and youth should mean another strong season for the Fords, who made it to nationals last year.

On the men’s side, the Fords have another national-caliber team. The squad took 12th place at NCAAs, won the Centennial Conference championships last fall and is now gunning to finish in the top five nationally. To do so, the team will rely on some fresh faces—only three of the seven runners who competed on the regional team are left, but a particularly strong sophomore class is ready to step up.

Co-captain Charlie Hale ‘17 says it’s unusual for first-year runners to crack the top seven on the men’s team, since they tend not to have as much mileage experience as some of the older runners. But the squad has many sophomores, juniors, and seniors who’ve gotten a lot better since last season and can make big contributions.

To train, the team focused on racking up “easy mileage” during the summer rather than jumping straight into high-intensity training. “Most of our returning guys have been clicking off 70 to 100 miles per week for at least the last month, so we’ve got a lot of strength and are just starting to supplement the mileage with harder workouts,” Hale said.

Though running may seem like an individual sport, co-captain Jimmy Gorman ‘17 notes that the team element has been key to Haverford’s success. “Last year, I was blessed with a core group of 5 guys that was capable of running together in nearly all of our five-mile, invitational races,” Gorman said. “There must be an emphasis on running in a pack throughout the season to ensure success.” Gorman is one of the three returning runners from last season’s regional championship team, along with Graham Peet ‘19 and Henry Woods ‘18.

The women are also hoping to land on the top in both the conference and region, and end the season with a strong run at nationals. The squad lost some stars to graduation, but will turn to young talent to fill the gaps.

“While losing close friends and teammates is always bittersweet, it also means that there will be some new growth on the team,” said co-captain Katie Rose Sullivan ‘18. “Now that we have scoring spots opening up, it’s really exciting to see other teammates who have been working hard for a few years come into their own and take on that responsibility.”

The Fords took 22nd place at nationals last year, and bring back five of the seven runners who competed in that race. Sullivan and fellow captain Amelia Keyser-Gibson ‘18 were key contributors in that race and throughout the season, and they will be integral in acclimating the team’s eight new runners to college competition.

“We got a big, promising group of freshmen, so I’m really looking forward to seeing how they will be able to help out the team,” said Keyser-Gibson.

Nicole Giannetti ’18 was the top Haverford finisher at the team’s non-scoring Alumnae Open on Sept. 3, and proves to be another runner to look out for. She also made it to nationals for the Fords last fall.

With a host of new team members, the Fords are coming together nicely. “The team seems to be meshing well. People are working well together in workouts and races and mixing up groups for mileage runs,” said Allie Hacker ‘17, the third captain.

Both the men’s and women’s squads will gear up for the Main Line Invitational on Friday, Sept. 16.

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Photo by Ethan Lyne
Photo by Ethan Lyne
Photo by Ethan Lyne

By ETHAN LYNE, Sports Editor

HAVERFORD

Men’s Indoor Track and Field – The men’s season came to an end this past weekend in Grinnell, Iowa, with four members racing in two events at the NCAA Division 3 National Championships. Although the distance medley squad of first-year Liam Lynch, seniors Jonathan Yellets, Charlie Marquardt and sophomore Henry Woods didn’t set a record, they finished in an impressive 11th place overall. Marquardt also ran the mile event, becoming an All-American with a 2nd place finish. The outdoor season kicks off for the team on April 1 at Widener.

Women’s Indoor Track and Field – The women’s distance medley relay team ended the season on a high note with a 2nd place finish in the NCAA D3 National Championships. The team of first-year Kerry Quigley, sophomores Katie Sullivan, Amelia-Keyser Gibson and senior Nora Weathers impressed many in Iowa this past weekend. The Fords’ outdoor track and field season also begins on April 1 at Widener.

Men’s Lacrosse – After the close loss to Stockton on March 2, the men’s lacrosse team has been on a tear, winning three games in a row over FDU-Florham, Gwynedd Mercy and Wooster. They have scored a total of 42 goals and allowed just 7 goals in their victories, led by senior Eric Caliendo’s great work in goal. In these four games, junior Chase Williams has led the team in scoring with 12 goals, with sophomore Isaac Krier behind him with 9. They visit 19th-ranked Stevens Saturday, March 19, as they look to continue their dominance.

Women’s Lacrosse – The Fords continued to prepare for the tough conference schedule with difficult opponents, and came away with two losses and two wins in the last two weeks. With their two latest wins, they have confidence going forward. Junior Sarina Manetta and sophomore Molly Lausten have led the team in offense these past two weeks with 6 goals apiece. They go up against Eastern on Thursday, March 17, 4:30 p.m. at home.

Photo by Ethan Lyne
Photo by Ethan Lyne

Softball – Haverford’s softball team had no easy spring break, playing in 10 games over a span of 5 days. Facing some of the best D3 teams in the nation, they ended their stint in Florida with a 3-7 record. Their three wins came in the last two days of the trip, ending the break on a high note. First-year duo of Julia Blake and Kaitlin Guild led the team in hits, and senior Emily Winesett logged the most starts for the team. Their next games are two away doubleheaders this week on Thursday, March 17, at Eastern and Saturday, March 20, at Lebanon Valley.

Baseball – The Fords had their most impressive spring break in Ft. Myers, Florida, since their 2013 season, losing just one game by one run and winning eight games. Junior Stephen Ridings was the most impressive on the mound, allowing just three hits in 9 innings from his two starts. Sophomore Matt Goss also succeeded with a batting average of .455, team-leading slugging percentage of .727, and leading the time in steals with 6. They travel to Desales on Wednesday, March 16, and end the week with a home doubleheader on Saturday, March 19, against St. John Fisher at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Men’s Tennis – Over spring break, the Haverford men’s tennis team showed their strength in Puerto Rico after an initial stumble over the tough TCNJ team at Haverford. They defeated Division 1 opponent Sacred Heart 4-3 and didn’t lose a set to Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras in a 9-0 win this past week. Senior captain Luis Acaba led the team with only one loss in his three singles matches and three doubles matches with fellow senior Harrison Elbert. They go up against Wilkes this Saturday, March 19, at home at noon.

Women’s Tennis – The Fords also had a good spring break in Florida, losing two matches and winning three. They were unable to stop Colorado College and Methodist, but easily took down Alvernia, Coe, and Northwestern-St. Paul during the week. Outside of the Colorado College match on March 11, the doubles pairs were victorious in 11 of the 12 matchups they played in Orlando. They also face off at home versus Wilkes March 19 at noon.

Fencing – To cap off a great season for the Haverford fencing teams, the Fords battled against some of the toughest teams in the country at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional. Some of the outstanding performers at the meet include senior Leila Braun, who finished 20th overall in women’s epee, and freshmen David Parker and Gabriel Braun, who finished in 18th and 19th place in men’s saber.

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Photo by Ethan Lyne

BRYN MAWR

Lacrosse – The Owls had their best start of the season since 2013 with two great victories over Lancaster Bible and St. Mary’s (Indiana). Their victory over St. Mary’s came with a goal by sophomore Fiona Steele just two minutes left in the game, 11-10. Steele has been the center of the offense for Bryn Mawr, scoring a conference-leading 14 goals so far. They are at home on Wednesday, March 16, vs. Delaware Valley at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 19, at 1 p.m.

Tennis – Bryn Mawr’s tennis team was unable to take down one of their opponents in Florida over spring break, but gained lots of experience going towards conference play. Senior captain Kendall Baller was the most successful Owl, with a singles victory over St. Mary’s (Indiana) and a doubles win with fellow senior Tirsa Delate vs. Messiah. They will take a week off after a busy spring break, and look to take down Goucher on March 22 at home at 3 p.m.

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