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Seniors Deliver Three CC Event Titles for Men's Track & Field

Liam Lynch
Liam Lynch

LANCASTER, Pa. – On the second day of Centennial Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships, the Haverford men's track & field team captured three event titles, with a trio of seniors, Greg Morgan, Liam Lynch, and Graham Peet all taking home gold medals on the campus of Franklin & Marshall. Haverford finished second overall to Johns Hopkins, recording 109.5 points, capturing four individual championships in total, as well as the distance medley relay title.

Peet put himself in serious consideration for Performer of the Meet as he completed the distance double, following up an impressive 5,000-meter title from Saturday with a 3,000-meter triumph on Sunday, crossing in 8:37.48. The event came down to the wire, with Peet eclipsing Bryce Descavish of Dickinson in the latter laps before eventually pulling away to the tune of a victory of over three seconds. Senior Ryan Herlihy was also a scorer for Haverford in the event, crossing in fifth place with a time of 8:46.25. Peter Buckley (9:02.95) and Simon Perales (9:04.52) finished 10th and 11th, respectively, narrowly missing the scoring.

Lynch also impressed, capturing the 400-meter title for the fourth time, becoming the first athlete in the history of the Centennial Conference to achieve that feat. Lynch, one of the most decorated athletes in the recent history of the conference meet, picked up gold with a time of 50.51, just edging out Jonathon Brown of Johns Hopkins.  Lynch becomes the first Haverford athlete to capture four straight titles in any indoor event since Joe Awantang '08 won four consecutive shot put crowns from 2005-08. Lynch is the first Haverford track athlete to achieve the feat. 

Lynch also picked up All-Conference honors with a bronze finish in the 200-meter dash, crossing in 23.16. Lynch finishes his indoor career with 13 medals, including nine first-place finishes.  Kofi Acheampong scored for the Fords in the 200 meters as well, finishing seventh in 23.58.

Greg Morgan continued his standout season by capturing the mile title in 4:16.70, cruising to the gold by more than three seconds over Eric Hermann of Dickinson. Morgan's finish represented his second straight Centennial Conference mile title. Matt Katz and Nico Tripeny also scored for Haverford in the event, crossing in fifth (4:24.27) and seventh (4:27.05) respectively.

Chris Goings finished sixth for the Fords in the 800 meters, with a time of 1:58.90, while Acheampong finished seventh in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.28.

Haverford saw success in the second day of relay action, with the 4x800 meter relay squad of James Barker, Hiroshi Kawakatsu, Ian Woodhouse and Morgan crossing second in 7:59.70. Kawakatsu, Woodhouse, and Morgan all add the accolade to their championship performance in yesterday's distance medley relay.  The finish was the ninth-fastest in program history.

The men's 4x400 meter relay squad took home a third-place finish in 3:28.08, with the group of Peter Kurtz, Oscar Huang, Goings, and Lynch besting Swarthmore to pick up an all-conference finish. Goings adds the accolade to his DMR performance, while Lynch picked up another medal after capturing two individual medals earlier in the day.

The 4x200 meter relay team, which featured Lynch, Acheampong, Huang, and Kurtz, finished fifth in 1:34.63.

In field events, Jack Brower had an impressive afternoon, finishing in a third place tie in the high jump with a new career-best mark of 1.95 meters to pick up honorable mention All-Centennial designation for the second straight season. The jump represented the fifth-best individual mark in program history. 

Cameron Albrecht also eclipsed his seed point total with 3209 points to finish sixth overall in the Heptathlon, finishing sixth in the 60 meter hurdles (10.99), fifth in the pole vault (2.75 meters), and sixth in the 1,000 meter run (3:09.39) to finish up competition in the seven-event gauntlet. 

The focus for Haverford now turns to the NCAA Division III Championships, which will be held on March 8 and 9 in Boston. UMass-Boston will serve as the host of the two-day event.

With the top 20 declared individual events and the top 12 relays selected for the championships, Morgan (mile and 3,000 meters) is in great position with the top seed nationally in both events. The Haverford distance medley relay squad is also currently the 14th-fastest in the nation.