Men’s Cross Country Has Sights Set High

Men’s Cross Country Has Sights Set High

The members of the Susquehanna men’s cross country team are more than ready to again find themselves in possession of the Landmark Conference trophy at November’s 2013 championship meet. After winning the first four championships in Landmark Conference history (2007-10), the Crusaders have narrowly missed out on the title for the past two years but are more than ready to return to championship form.

The team, under the direction of 11th-year head coach Marty Owens, returns nine of its top 10 runners from last year’s conference championship meet. All nine of those runners placed in the top 26 at that championship meet, including four All-Conference runners in sophomores Colin Eberhardt (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) and John Crowe (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area) and juniors Paul Crowe (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area) and Alex Price (Skytop, Pa./Pocono Mountain East).

“This is one of the deepest teams, top to bottom, that we’ve had in a while,” Owens said. “As long as they race consistently, the results will be there.”

In addition to the aforementioned all-conference runners, seniors Sal D’Angelo (Glenside, Pa./Springfield Twp.) and Brandon Mash (Collegeville,PA/ Methacton), juniors Austin Iovoli (Victor, N.Y./Victor) and Scott Sullivan (Silver Spring, Md./Northwood) and sophomore Sage Weikel (Pipersville, Pa./Palisades) are all coming off breakout indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.

Freshmen Peter Lynch (Syracuse, N.Y./Bishop Ludden), Matthew Pezza (Delran, N.J./Delran) and Torin McFarland (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Robert) lead a recruiting class of seven freshmen who have shown they are ready to add depth to an already deep squad.

With an even mix of youth and experience, the squad is capable of achieving its main goal of winning the championship title.

The path to the championship begins on Aug. 31 at Bucknell. Catholic will serve as the host for the Landmark Conference championships on Nov. 2 and the NCAA Mideast Regionals will be held Nov. 16 at Lehigh University.

“The upperclassmen are on a mission,” Owens said. “They are focused and great things can happen for this team if they stay focused and healthy.”