1999 Season Recap
For the seventh consecutive year, the 1999 Salisbury State University men's and women's cross country teams qualified for an NCAA regional meet thanks in part to top-3 finishes at the Capital Athletic Conference Championships. SSU had six different runners distinguished as All-CAC performers including sophomore Suzy McCulloch, who was named runner of the year for the Mideast Region, CAC, and Mason-Dixon Conference.
This season saw a new coach taking over the helm as it was the first year of head coach Jim Jones. Jones came to Salisbury after serving five years as the head coach for both cross country and track & field at Muskingum College.
The team cruised through their first six meets of the season as SU landed no lower than third-place in all six meets other than the New York University Invitational, which was comprised of many Division I and II teams. The women finished third at the CAC Championships where they picked up an invitiation to run in the regional meet and finished in 12th place.
The SSU men opened their season with a 4th place finish at the Sea Gull Opener before winning the Wesley College Invitational. The Sea Gulls would then pick up three top-4 finishes in their next four meets before heading into the CAC Championships. SSU finished in second-place at the championships before ending its season with a 13th place finish at the regional meet. The team was led on the year by senior Brian Sellers and junior Larry O'Hara.
The women were led on the year by McCulloch's outstanding effort as the sophomore led the team seven of eight meets. Her great race in the regional meet landed her an individual berth into the NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country Championships held at Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne, Wis. The Ellicott City, Md., native would then finish in 48th place with a time of 17:48. SSU was also propelled on the year by the efforts of senior Sherry Esposito and freshman Scottie Skuza, both of whom were All-CAC second team performers.
O'Hara and Sellers were both mainstays at the front of the SSU pack but the Sea Gulls were also benefitted by the solid performances of freshman Jeremy Beall and sophomore Jason Stick. Beall's big year rewarded him with two honors, CAC Rookie of the Year and All-Mideast Region second team.
Most Valuable Men's Runner - Larry O'Hara
Most Valuable Women's Runner - Suzy McCulloch