The University of Scranton has been predicted to finish sixth in the 2018-19 Landmark Conference men's indoor track & field preseason poll that was announced on Friday morning.
The Royals earned 14 points in the balloted of the league's seven head coaches after finishing seventh at last winter's conference championship meet.
Defending champion Moravian was tabbed as the preseason favorite with 60 points and six first place votes while Elizabethtown was picked second with 45 points and one first place vote.
Susquehanna came in third with 32 points, Catholic as fourth with 20 points, and Juniata was slotted fifth with 19 points, just ahead of Scranton. Goucher came in seventh place in the voting with six points.
Scranton, led by head coach Ozzie Brown in his second season, is looking to improve upon last winter's debut season for the program that saw the Royals enjoy several strong individual performances.
Sophomore Matt Kinback (Factoryville, Pa./Lackawanna Trail) returns after winning silver in the 800-meter run at last year's indoor conference championships.
Senior Mark Merli (Peckville, Pa./Valley View) recorded a pair of top-six finishes at the conference meet a year ago, bringing home fifth place results in both the long jump and in the triple jump.
Sophomore Zachary Mead (Montrose, Pa./Montrose) is also back after finishing fifth in the mile run for the Royals at the Landmark Conference indoor championships.
Scranton opens the season today at the River Hawks Opener hosted by Susquehanna. The action is slated to begin at 4 p.m. in Selinsgrove, Pa.