The University of Scranton has been selected to place sixth in the 2018-19 Landmark Conference women's indoor track & field preseason poll that was released Friday afternoon.
The Royals, who placed seventh at last winter's Landmark Conference Championships in their inaugural season, totaled 17 points in this year's polling of the conference's head coaches.
Defending conference champion Moravian was chosen as the preseason favorite, garnering 60 points and six first place votes in the balloting. Elizabethtown followed in second place with 45 points and one first place vote while Susquehanna was tabbed third with 29 points.
Juniata came in fourth in the poll with 20 points, one better than fifth place Catholic's 19 points. The Cardinals earned just two more points than Scranton while Goucher was predicted to finish seventh with six points.
The Royals, who are led by second-year head coach Ozzie Brown, are looking to continue to make positive strides in their second year of competition this season.
Junior Caroline Banas (Dallas, Pa./Holy Redeemer) returns after a sensational sophomore season for Scranton in which she won the Landmark Conference indoor championship in the high jump. She would go on to earn All-American honors after finishing seventh at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Along with Banas, who also won the outdoor high jump and again advanced to the national championships, several other Royals are looking to follow up on strong showings during the outdoor championships this year.
Sophomore Emily Way (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) was the runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles while junior Jasmin Russo (Hamden, Conn./Sacred Heart Academy) posted a fourth place finish in the same event.
Junior Chrissy Noonan (Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin) was sixth in the 100-meter hurdles as last spring's outdoor conference championship meet and will look to carry that success over to this year's indoor campaign.
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.