ALTOONA, Pa. – After having the Landmark Conference Men's cross country title stripped away in 2011, the Susquehanna men's squad was looking for redemption this time around but fell just short. The Crusader men, who had won the first four conference titles since the league's inaugural season in 2007, took second place at the 2012 Landmark Conference Championships in Altoona, Pa. on Saturday morning.
Moravian won the title with 38 points and the Greyhounds' Dillon Farrell captured the men's individual title with his time of 26:02. SU had 54 points, followed by USMMA (75), Juniata (92), Catholic (120), Scranton (175), Drew (175) and Goucher (207).
Colin Eberhardt (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North), a freshman, took seventh overall and was the team's top finisher. He crossed the 8k finish line in 27:14.20, a 15-second PR and earned First-Team honors in the process. Two places behind him was sophomore Paul Crowe (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area) with a time of 27:18.1.
Directly after Crowe was classmate Alex Price (Skytop, Pa./Pocono Mountain East) (27:28.1) and Brandon Mash (Collegeville, Pa./Methacton), the 2010 Rookie of the Year, was 13th with his time of 27:49.9.
Placing 15th was John Crowe (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area), a freshman, with a time of 27:53.8. The Crusaders then swept the 19 through 21 spots as Sal D'Angelo (Glenside, Pa./Springfield Twp.) was 19th (28:03.7), followed by freshmen Dan Isenberg (Danville, Pa./Warrior Run) (28:10.5) and Mike Salach (West Chester, Pa./West Chester Henderson) (28:12.0). Salach's time marked a PR.
Another freshman, Franky Mills (Exton, Pa./The School at Churchill Farm), was next across the finish with a time of 28:21.1, placing him 24th and shaving five seconds off his previous PR. Evan Skelton (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) and Brendan Kane (East Longmeadow, Mass./East Longmeadow) were 26th and 27th, respectively, with times of 28:25.3 and 28:25.5.
The Division III Mideast Regional meet will take place Nov. 10 at Big Spring High School in Newville, Pa. Dickinson College in the host institution.
Men’s Cross Country Runs to Second-Place Finish