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Men's Track & Field Readies for Centennial Indoor Championships

Liam Lynch
Liam Lynch

2019 Centennial Conference Championships Central

HAVERFORD, Pa. – The Haverford College men's track & field team heads to the campus of Franklin & Marshall this weekend for the Centennial Conference Indoor Championships this weekend, looking to capture the Centennial Conference title for the first time since 2012.  Haverford had finished first or second at every Centennial indoor meet dating back to 1999.

The Fords enter the conference championship weekend as the No. 16 team in the nation according to the latest release of the USTFCCCA Division III National Ratings Index. In total, Haverford has 17 individual entrants seeded in the top eight in their respective events, including the top seeds in the 400-meter dash, 800-meter run, and one mile run.

The championships officially get underway at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning with the men's weight throw. Action concludes on Sunday at approximately 3:55 p.m. with the women's 4-x400 meter relay.

What to Watch for: Saturday

The marquee event for Haverford on the first day of action figures to be the men's 5,000 meter race (2:15 p.m.). Graham Peet enters as the third-seeded competitor, with a seed time of 14:52.39. Ryan Herlihy is the ninth-seeded entrant with a mark of 15:14.82. Conor Madden, Jack Hunter, and David Watt will all also compete in the event for the Fords. Haverford should also post a strong showing in the men's distance medley relay (3:00 p.m.)

The pole vault begins at noon and will be a chance for Haverford to post some top marks in field events, with Ethan Gadra coming into the event as the fourth seed (4.15m), while Greg Van Aken is the eighth-seeded competitor (3.85m). The triple jump gets underway at 1 p.m., with both Rohan Shukla (12.13m) and Zach Oji (11.86 meters) projected to score for Haverford.

The men's 60-meter prelims get underway at 12:30 p.m., with Kofi Acheampong entering as the sixth seed with a seed time of 7.23 seconds. Acheampong has rocketed up the Haverford career leaderboard in the distance, and currently owns the second-fastest time in the history of the program. Acheampong will hope to compete in the 60-meter dash finals, which will begin at 1:05 p.m on Sunday.

Cameron Albrecht will compete for Haverford in the Heptathlon, a discipline in which he enters as the second-seeded athlete. The first event of the Heptathlon is the 60-meter dash at 11:50 a.m, with events continuing throughout the weekend.

The day wraps up for the Fords with the 4x200-meter relay kicking off at 3:40 p.m.

What to watch for: Sunday

On Sunday, Haverford gets right back into competition with the men's high jump slated for 11:30 a.m.  Jack Brower is seeded sixth in that event, with a seed mark of 1.85 meters.

Perhaps the marquee event on day two for Haverford is the men's mile, where Greg Morgan enters with the top seed and the best time in Division III so far this season. Morgan comes into the event with a seed time of 4:08.15, and will look to chase down the event record in the distance. Matt Katz is the sixth-seeded runner with a seed time of 4:24.85. The mile is slated to begin at 11:30 a.m.

Liam Lynch is the top seed in the 400-meter dash, commencing at 12:10 p.m.  Lynch has the fastest time in the Centennial Conference this season, posting a 51.38 in the distance. The men's 800 meters begins at 1:25 p.m. and features first year Jamie Moreland as the top-seeded entrant. Moreland posted a seed time of 1:55.51, and is followed closely by Chris Goings, who is the second seed in 1:57.96. The 200-meter dash is slated for 1:50 p.m. and includes Acheampong as the fifth seed (23.58) while Lynch is seeded sixth (23.62).

Peet will then attempt to complete the distance double with the 3,000 meters kicking off at 2:30 p.m. The senior is the second seed with a seed time of 8:34.04. The final two events of the day on the men's side are both relays, and the Fords figure to factor into the event title discussion in both the 4x800 meter event (3:25 p.m.) and the 4x400 meter relay (3:45 p.m.)

Live video and live results from both days of action on the track will be available courtesy of Franklin & Marshall and can be accessed via the Centennial Conference Championships Central page.