ASTON, Pa. – The Franciscan men's and women's track and field teams earned 25 spots on the Colonial States Athletic Conference all-conference lists at the 2017 CSAC championship meet and both teams recently were named the "3D" award recipients, as announced by the league office.
Implemented for the 2011-12 academic year, the Colonial States Athletic Conference 3D Award replaced the CSAC Team Sportsmanship Award. The 3D Award recognizes the teams in each sport that best demonstrate the NCAA Division-III philosophy of "Discover, Develop, Dedicate." The 3D Award was conceived and developed by the CSAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Following each conference contest in each sport, teams grade their opponents based on the following criteria:
Discover: Did the team behave in a professional manner during the entire contest? Was the team able to overcome any adversity it faced in the contest? Did the team display consideration to opponents, officials, game day administration, and fans during the contest?
Develop: Did the team and coach act as role models and display leadership throughout the contest reflecting the character values of respect, fairness, civility, and honesty? Did the team display unity during the contest? Did the team compete with controlled competitiveness, in that they played hard, fair, and in a respectful manner?
Dedicate: Did the team show commitment to the CSAC mission? Did the team, coach, and administration conduct themselves in a manner displaying institutional pride? Did the team, coach, and administration conduct themselves with integrity during the entire contest?
Teams in each sport that recorded the highest average score for the duration of the season were rewarded with the 3D Award.
The Barons and Lady Barons received both of their first 3D Awards this spring since joining the CSAC as an affiliate member for track and field prior to the 2015-16 school year.
Earning the first-ever first-team all-conference honors and a gold medal, freshman Janelle Lunde won the long jump with a school-record jump of 4.90 meters. Lunde also earned All-CSAC third team honors with a run of 1:09.54 in the 400-meter hurdles. The freshman earned a spot on honorable mention honors in the 100-meter hurdles (18.19) and in the triple jump with a school-record distance of 10.08 meters.
Almeida captured second in the 400-meter run as she tied her own school-record time of 1:00.70 to earn second team All-CSAC honors.
Rachel Solomon earned all-CSAC third team honors, as she took third in the javelin with a throw of 28.88 meters, a personal best for the freshman.
Maria Potvin earned honorable mention honors in the 800-meter run (2:28.84), the 1,500-meter run (5:11.83), and the 3,000 meter steeplechase (13:06.78) while Emily Theurer earned honorable mention honors in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:29.38.
Maria Castello earned a pair of honorable mention honors in the long jump (4.48 meters) and the triple jump (9.27 meters).
Rounding out the Lady Baron all-conference honors was Heisler with an honorable mention for the triple jump with a distance of 9.65 meters.
On the men's side, freshman Matthew Crotteau earned third team all-conference honors it the 10,000 meter run (34:50.40) and honorable mention honors in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:53.40.
Sophomore Nicholas Long earned third team all-CSAC honors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:19.68) and honorable mention honors in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:16.59.
Freshman Patrick Tansill earned a pair of honorable mention honors in the 800-meter run (2:03.82) and the 1,500-meter run (4:15.65).
James Craig took home all-CSAC honorable mention honors with a time of 50.89 in the 400-meter run while junior Carlo Fabian also took honorable mention honors with a time of 51.58 in the same race.
Emmett Delaney earned a spot on the honorable mention team with a time of 38:44.95 in the 10,000-meter run.
The 4x400 meter relay team of Fabian, Craig, John Paul Tysz and John Bolster earned a spot on the honorable mention team with a school-record time of 3:33.23. The 4x100 meter relay team also earned a spot on the all-CSAC honorable mention team with a time of 44.94.
Franciscan capped an impressive 2017 season with a fifth-place finish for both the men's and women's teams in the CSAC championship meet, the highest finish at the meet for both teams.