November 02, 2012
Crusaders finish second, qualify for regionals
For the second-straight year, the Crusaders were denied by Moravian.
Moravian posted four runners in the top five, making it almost impossible for the Crusaders to recover and come up with the title win.
"If we ran our race and they didn't run a perfect race, we could've had them," junior runner Colby Brindle said. "But, they ran a perfect race and we didn't have our race completely."
With such a strong showing from Moravian, which included having the first-place runner on their team, it left little wiggle room for Susquehanna to sneak into first. Moravian put up just 39 points in comparison to the Crusaders in second place with 54.
"I think we just went in there looking for the win," freshman Mike Salach said. "It just didn't turn out."
"You go into a meet expecting to do your best and take the championship back," Salach said.
Salach and Brindle both cited the return of sophomore Paul Crowe as a reason to expect a turnaround.
When Susquehanna and Moravian faced off earlier in the season, Moravian edged out by just one point.
They did this, however, without the help of Crowe, who is one of the top runners for the Crusaders.
"With [Crowe] back in, we thought we'd be able to beat them," Salach said.
Crowe did pull his weight for Susquehanna, finishing ninth overall with a final time of 27:18.60.
Freshman Colin Eberhardt led the pack for the Crusaders with a final time of 27:14.20, crossing the stripe seventh overall.
Also finishing in the top five for Susquehanna was sophomore Alex Price (10th overall, 27:28.10), junior Brandon Mash (27:49.90) and freshman John Crowe (27:53.80).
"[The loss] was just one of those things that happens and you have to work up from it," Salach said.
The Crusaders will have a rematch with the Greyhounds in two weeks at the Division III Midwest Regionals.
"We need to have a better race than what we had," Brindle said. "We're hoping to beat Moravian there. We're hoping that we can get them in regionals."
Women: 5th place
Freshman Ashley West led the Crusaders to a fifth-place finish at the Landmark Conference championships.
West, the Rookie of the Year in the conference, crossed the line in sixth place with a time of 23:56.30. West was also named as a first-team all-conference selection.
As a team the Crusaders finished with 88 points, one point behind fourth-place Scranton.
Catholic won the title with 63 points. Senior Sarah Dickerson finished in 18th place and the Crusaders crossed the line in a flurry, sweeping 22nd through 26th.
Both teams will compete at the Division III Midwest Regionals on Nov. 10.
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