UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Susquehanna men's cross country team was back in action on Saturday, competing at Penn State's Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational. The Crusaders placed ninth out of the 11 competing teams, defeating two Division I schools in St. Bonaventure and Mount St. Mary's.
"The team accomplished what it needed to," head coach Marty Owens said. "We had goals entering today's meet and they hit all of those goals."
The race was a 5.2-mile course, the first time most SU runners had raced that distance. Penn State won the men's team title with 41 points. The Crusaders finished with 266 points, less than 40 from the number eight slot, held by SUNY Cortland, ranked 19th in the national preseason poll. Fellow Division III team, No. 13 SUNY Geneseo, was sixth.
SU's top four runners all crossed the finish within 30 seconds of each other. Alex Price (Skytop, Pa./Pocono Mountain East) had the team's top time with 27:16, good for 40th overall, and was followed by John Crowe (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area) (27:41), Paul Crowe (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area) (27:45) and Colin Eberhardt (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) (27:46).
Dan Isenberg (Danville, Pa./Warrior Run) posted a time of 28:23 and just 12 seconds after him was Scott Sullivan (Silver Spring, Md.) (28:35). Rounding out the top seven was Kyle Skelton (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) with a time of 28:38.
The team returns to action on Sept. 27 at the Lock Haven Invitational.