TOWSON, Md. – The Moravian College women's indoor track & field team is seeking its eighth consecutive Landmark Championship this season. The Greyhounds received five first place votes and 55 points to sit atop the 2014-15 Landmark Women's Indoor Track & Field Preseason Poll. Susquehanna University was picked second in the poll after collecting 41 points, including a first place vote. Elizabethtown College was picked third with 35 points and the final first place vote. Juniata College finished fourth in the poll with 31 points.
The Greyhounds return 28 of 32 student-athletes from last year's squad that won its seventh straight Landmark title. The squad also has 10 of the 11 student-athletes that earned Landmark All-Conference honors last winter returning including sophomore Lauren Suelke, who was the Landmark Indoor Co-Field Athlete of the Year in her first conference championship meet. Head Coach Jesse Baumann has added depth in all of the events and enters the season with 15 newcomers added to the roster as the Greyhounds look for yet another championship.
Perennial runner-up, Susquehanna, returns the core of its points from last year's championship meet and has added depth in every discipline. Mid-distance, backed by All-American Ashley West, will again be a strong suit and the team returns sprinter Jasmine Mitchell as well as talented freshman sprinter Grayclynn Juckes. Cameron Weaver will again lead the throws.
Elizabethtown was picked third in the poll after finishing third in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Championships last year. The Blue Jays have a dominant distance squad after winning the Landmark Championship last month. The team will be without the 2014 MAC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year after Traci Tempone's graduation, but Elizabethtown returns a number of All-MAC performers including Alexis Groce.
The Eagles return a mix of veterans and newcomers to compete for the Landmark Conference Championship. Kate Fisher, a Landmark first team selection last year, won the high jump for Juniata at last year's championship. Newcomers Allyson Kopera and Lauren Lock look to bolster the distance runners.
Catholic University was picked fifth in the poll with 17 points while Goucher College was voted sixth with 11 points. The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wraps up the poll with six points.
The 2014-15 season kicks off this weekend. All seven conference teams will compete at the Landmark Championships February 28 at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa.
|2014 Landmark Women's Indoor Track & Field Preseason Poll|
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