Men’s Cross Country Picked for a Five-Peat

MADISON, N.J. – The Susquehanna men’s cross country team has won every title in the four-year history of the Landmark Conference and if 2011 preseason predictions hold up, the Crusaders will grab their fifth title this fall.

SU earned first-place votes on nearly every ballot to collect 82 total points. Moravian was tabbed second with 67 points, followed by Scranton (61), Juniata (61), Goucher (42), USMMA (35), Drew (21) and Catholic (17), respectively. The poll is voted upon by the head men’s cross country coaches and sports information directors at each institution that sponsors the sport.

Susquehanna returns a pair of 2010 All-Conference runners in senior Ian Quinlan and reigning Landmark Rookie of the Year, Brandon Mash. Quinlan was a NCAA Division III championship qualifier last fall and USTFCCCA Academic All-American.

The 2011 roster features seven seniors in addition to Quinlan. One of those seniors, Joe Zamadics, was a 17th-place finisher at the Landmark Conference championships one year ago.

The Crusaders are led by ninth-year head coach Marty Owens, who was tabbed the Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year last fall after the women completed the title sweep for SU.