TOWSON, Md. – The Moravian women have dominated the Landmark track & field scene and the conference coaches have picked the Greyhounds to continue the championship run this spring. Moravian was picked first in the preseason poll with a unanimous selection and 60 points.
Susquehanna University was voted second with the remaining first-place vote and 41 points. Elizabethtown and Juniata rounds out the top half of the poll in third and fourth place with 36 and 22 points respectively.
Moravian will be looking to win its ninth straight Landmark Conference title this spring with a large core of returning student-athletes, including 2015 Landmark Track Athlete of the Year Corinne Glass. The senior was an All-Conference First Team performer in the 200/400m dash, and Second Team in the 100m dash. The Greyhounds also return sophomore Melissa Cheong, who was the Landmark Indoor Rookie of the Year, and is having a strong indoor season this season.
Susquehanna returns a large majority of its points from last year's runner-up team. Ashley West (indoor 800m) and Gabby Algurie (javelin) have both qualified for NCAA championships with Alguire holding the school record in the javelin and West in both the 800m and 1500m.
Elizabethtown's distance team will head the effort for the team's first Landmark title after winning its second consecutive XC crown this past fall. A strong core of sophomores and juniors can help the Blue Jays make a run at the outdoor championship. Amanda Porter was fourth or better in all three of her throwing events a season ago and qualified for NCAAs in the javelin. Casey Quinto and returning Rookie of the Year Kelsey Brady ran on last year's gold medalist 4x400m relay team as well as the 800 and 1500. The mid-distance team will receive help in the returning Alexis Groce, who has five medals to her name.
The Juniata women's outdoor track and field team looks to build on a solid 2015 season as they enter 2016. With positive results in the indoor season, Sellers, Fisher and Kopera will lead the Eagles with experience, while the freshman class brings a wealth of talent that will challenge their conference opponents.
Catholic University was picked fifth in the poll with 18 points while Goucher College finished sixth with 10 points. The coaches voted the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy seventh with eight points.
All seven conference teams will compete at the Landmark Championships May 7-8 at Juniata College.
|2016 Landmark Women's Outdoor Track & Field Preseason Poll|
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