|Matt Kinback||Phil Cocco||Shane McKeon|
The University of Scranton men's track & field team was selected to finish in a tie for fifth place in the Landmark Conference men's indoor track & field preseason that was released on Wednesday morning.
The Royals earned 16 points in the poll after finishing sixth at last year's championships.
10-time defending champion Moravian topped the poll with 60 points and six first place votes, while Elizabethtown was tabbed second with 45 points and one first place vote.
Susquehanna finished in third in the preseason poll with 34 points and Catholic rounded out the top four with 20 points. The Royals and Juniata tied for fifth with 16 points apiece, while Goucher received six points in seventh place.
Head coach Ryan Pericozzi leads the Royals in his first season at the helm of the program.
Scranton returns a handful of individuals who recorded Top-10 finishes at the championship meet a year ago.
Junior Matt Kinback (Factoryville, Pa./Lackawanna Trail) returns after finishing third in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:59.37, while sophomore Phil Cocco (Hughestown, Pa./Pittston Area) placed seventh in the shot put with a mark of 12.27m.
Sophomore Shane McKeon (Royersford, Pa./Pope John Paul II) finished ninth in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 9:15.37.
The Royals also return three members of a 4x400 relay team that finished sixth in the championship meet in a time of 3:43.88. The quartet included Kinback, senior Thomas Canny (Middletown, N.J./Mater Dei) and sophomore Alexander Badman (Yardley, Pa./Conwell Egan Catholic).
The University of Scranton men's track and field team will open the indoor season on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the River Hawks Opener hosted by Susquehanna University.