TOWSON, Md. – The Moravian College women’s indoor track & field team is looking for its 11th Landmark Conference title come February. The league coaches have picked the Greyhounds to repeat with six first-place votes and 60 points.
Elizabethtown College finished second in the poll with 45 points and the last remaining first-place vote, while Susquehanna University picked up 29 points to finish third in the poll.
Head Coach Jesse Baumann returns five Landmark Conference individual championships including Carly Danoski (800m), Anna Osman (400m), and Amari Schooler (60mH), and all of the members of both relay winning teams as the Greyhounds look to continue their string of Landmark Conference Championships.
Elizabethtown will have to make up a considerable points deficit in the distance events after losing 2018 Indoor Track Athlete of the Year Brenna McNamee, as well as mile champion Kelsey Brady and runner-up Maria Anderson. The Blue Jays do return a host of medal earners and podium placers from last year's runner-up squad. Leah Gamber will defend her shot put gold and both the 4x200 and 4x400 relays have at least half their relays coming back to push for gold. Carly Allport and Colleen Kernan also won medals for E-town last season. Junior Jordan Sobolesky and sophomore Christina Ippolito contributed both in the relays and jumps for Elizabethtown and are the returning leaders in the field events. Junior Natalie Nye, senior Karly Deam, and junior Paiton Kelly offer depth for the Jays in the pole vault.
Susquehanna, who placed third a year ago, returns all-conference performer and last year's Rookie of the Year Sara Arbogast, who made her way to the podium five times with three second place finishes and two third place finishes. She placed second in both the 200 and 400 meter races with times of 27.23 and 1:01.69 respectively. She was also second in the triple jump with a mark of 10.84 meters.
Juniata College was picked fourth in the poll with 20 points. The Eagles return a core group, whic features 13 upperclassman who were among top-10 finishers from the indoor championship. Juniata will rely on the experiences of seniors Faith Nicols, Yanibel Collado, and Kylie Orndorf.
Catholic University was picked fifth in the poll with 19 points while University of Scranton earned 17 points for sixth. Goucher College rounded out the poll in seventh with six points.
The 2018-19 Landmark Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held at Susquehanna on Saturday, Feb. 23.
|2018-19 Landmark Women's Indoor Track & Field Preseason Poll|
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