WASHINGTON - The Catholic University women's cross country team was selected sixth in the 2011 Landmark Conference preseason women's cross country poll, it was announced on Thursday. The Cardinals received 34 points in the poll, which is voted upon by the league's head coaches and sports information directors. Juniata is on top of the poll with 71 points and defending champion Susquehanna is a close second with 70 points.
CUA scored 101 points and placed sixth overall at the 2010 Landmark Conference Championship. Team captain Madeline Cronan finished sixth and earned a spot on the All-Conference first-team, while teammate Camelia Mayfield crossed in 12th place and was named to the second-team. Also, in 2010 CUA finished 11th at the NCAA Regional Championship, where Cronan led CUA as she finished 28th in a time of 23:22 and earned All-Region accolades and receiving a medal for the honor.
Head Coach Joe Fisher brings back a competitive team in 2011 that includes five runners that placed in the top-50 last season at the conference championship.
Following Juniata and Susquehanna, in the poll were Scranton (63), Goucher (45), CUA (101), United States Merchant Marine Academy (18), and Drew (15).
The Cardinals will get their season going on September 10th when they travel to the Albright College Invitational. The race is set for 10:00 a.m.