1997 Season Recap
The 1997 Salisbury State University men's and women's cross country teams combined to win five of their first six meets. For the season, the men claimed four first place finishes, including a victory at the Capital Athletic Conference Championships. The women finished in the top-3 in each of their first seven meets. With the impressive finishes at the CAC Championships, the squads were rewarded with a berth into the NCAA South Regional meet.
The SSU men were led on the year by sophomore Max Snavlin, junior Bob Hendricks, and freshman Larry O'Hara. Snavlin post team-high finishes in the first six meets of the year before Hendricks would come on strong in the CAC Championships with a fourth-place finish (29:17). SU claimed first place in the meet thanks to great races by O'Hara (sixth, 29:23), Snavlin (ninth, 29:40) and freshman Matt Dunseith (10th, 29:50). Snavlin led SSU in the regional meet when he finished 22nd in a time of 27:41. Hendricks and O'Hara collected All-CAC first-team laurels while Snavlin, Dunseith, and sophomore Rodney Dore were named to the second-team.
The Sea Gull women were paced by sophomore Kerri Bowers. Bowers posted team-high finishes in seven meets on the year, including a first-place finish at the CAC Championships. She was named CAC Runner of the Year while also being named to the All-South Region team and All-Mason-Dixon. The Sea Gulls were also aided by the performance of senior Lori Frei, who won the Christopher Newport Invitational. Junior Jen Tessier was named to the All-CAC first team when she finished in eighth (21:53) at the conference championships.
Most Valuable Men's Runner - Max Snavlin
Most Valuable Women's Runner - Kerri Bowers