The University of Scranton men's and women's track & field teams are set to compete in the Landmark Conference Indoor Championships this coming Saturday, February 23, at Susquehanna's Garrett Center Field House. The action is slated to begin at 9:30 a.m. in Selinsgrove, Pa.
Led by second-year head coach Ozzie Brown, Scranton is looking to continue to make strides in the second indoor conference championships for the two squads who both saw several outstanding results at last winter's championship meet.
On the men's side, senior Mark Merli (Peckville, Pa./Valley View) is ranked in the top-five in the Landmark Conference in a pair of events last season. He currently sits third in the conference in the long jump at 6.38 meters and is fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 12.51 meters. Merli finished fifth in both events at last winter's conference championships.
Sophomore Matt Kinback (Factoryville, Pa./Lackawanna Trail), who won a silver medal in the 800 meter run at last year's indoor championships, enters this weekend's competition ranked sixth in the event with a season-best mark 2:01.38 while senior Andrew Charway (Irvington, N.J./Christ the King Prep) ranks fifth in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.36 seconds.
On the women's side, junior Caroline Banas (Dallas, Pa./Holy Redeemer) is looking to defend her title in the high jump after setting a Landmark Conference championship meet record with a mark of 1.67 meters to win the gold medal last season.
Banas leads a trio of Royals ranked in the top-five of the high jump this season as her season-best mark of 1.63 meters is second-best in the conference. Freshman Meghan McGonigle (Mullica Hill, N.J./Gloucester Catholic) is currently third in the event at 1.53 meters while freshman Theresa Scarola ranks fifth at 1.43 meters.
Freshman AnnMarie Onwuka (Newburgh, N.Y./Newburgh Free Academy) enters this weekend's competition ranked second in the Landmark Conference in the 400 meter dash with a season-best time of 1:03.24.
In the 3,000 meter run, sophomore Rachel Kerr (Dickson City, Pa./Scranton Prep) ranks fifth in the conference with a time of 10.48.13 while junior Jasmin Russo (Hamden, Conn./Sacred Heart Academy) also checks in at fifth in the 60 meter hurdles with a season-best mark of 10.12 seconds.
Scranton will be looking for improve upon their first-year results at last winter's indoor championships on Saturday as the men's squad placed sixth while the women finished seventh.
Live results for Saturday's Landmark Conference Indoor Championships at the link listed below.