November 08, 2013
Crusaders run to LC crownSusquehanna's cross country team participated in the Landmark Conference Championships in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Nov. 2 against Moravian, Goucher, Juniata, Merchant Marine, Scranton and Catholic.
Head Coach Marty Owens was named the Landmark Conference Men's Coach of the Year, known at the conference for his outstanding coaching abilities and passion for the sport.
Owens' men's team captured their fifth Landmark crown, placing first with a record-breaking 22 points, breaking the record set in 2009.
Susquehanna finished ahead of Juniata, who placed second with 55 points and Merchant Marine in third with 93 points.
Out of the seven years that the Landmark Conference Championships have been held, the Susquehanna men's team has now won five and has taken second place twice.
Owens said the men's team's goal is to make nationals this year. If they succeed, it will be the first time they have gone to nationals since 1984.
Owens also said that the men's team did not quite perform to their ability in the beginning of the season, but they have progressed throughout the season. He said, "I have no doubts now."
Six men placed in the top 14 in the conference. Junior Alex Prince placed second with a time of 27:01.20, while sophomore Colin Eberhardt finished soon after in third with a time of 27:10.90.
Junior Paul Crowe finished in fourth at 27:13.80 in front of his brother, sophomore John Crowe, who finished in fifth at 27:15.10.
Senior Brandon Mash finished in eighth place with a time of 27:43.80.
Sophomore Dan Isenberg placed ninth with a time of 27:48.90.
Senior Sal D'Angelo rounded out the top seven for the Crusaders, crossing the line in 15th with a time of 28:29.
Susquehanna's women's team placed third overall with 47 points, falling behind Scranton and Moravian.
Two runners on the women's team achieved all-conference runs placing within the top 14, one of whom was 2012's Rookie of the Year, sophomore Ashley West.
West took fourth place in the 6K with a time of 23:52.40.
Senior Shannon Galvin finished soon after West placing 13th in 25:18.50.
Junior Laura Alleva finished 17th with a time of 25:48.30. Freshman Kiernan Dougherty followed Alleva in 20th place, with a time of 26:00.10.
Owens said: "[The women's team's] youth showed a little bit, but we improved. We're working on improving from last year but also working towards the future."
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