2000 Season Recap

2000 Season Review

The Salisbury University men's and women's cross country teams registered another outstanding year in 2000. The men's squad completed one of the most successful campaigns in the history of the program as they won both the Capital Athletic Conference and Mason-Dixon Conference Championships. The women's team finished as the CAC runner-up for the second straight year. Altogether, SU had nine harriers honored as All-CAC performers. The fine team effort was spearheaded by head coach Jim Jones, who was presented with the CAC's and Mason-Dixon's Men's Coach of the Year awards.

After posting a third place finish at the Sea Gull Opener, the men would come in ninth at the Lebanon Valley Invitational and 18th in the 41 team New York University Invitational. The Sea Gulls would then return home to host the Tidewater Fall Classic where they finished in third. After placing third overall at the Maryland State Championships, SU won two of its next three meets. The two back-to-back meets won were no ordinary races as SU placed first among a crowd of seven at the Mason-Dixon Conference Championships and then backed it up with top honors at the CAC Championships a week later. The men gathered a bid to run in the Mideast Regionals and would run well with an 11th place finish out of 42 teams. The men ended the season with a 102-48 record (.680 winning percentage).

Leading the way for the SU men was senior Larry O'Hara, who picked up SU's top finishes in both the Mason-Dixon Conference Championships and the CAC Championships. The Frederick, Md., native ran well for SU at the regional meet when he placed a team-best 26th (27:22). He placed fourth (27:24) at the Mason-Dixon race before claiming runner-up honors (26:16) at the CAC Championships. O'Hara was named to the first team of both conferences. Sophomore Jeremy Beall also put together an outstanding year as he posted first team honors in both conferences as well. He placed fifth (27:37) at the Mason-Dixon Conference Championships and then sixth (26:44) at the CAC Championships. Senior Max Snavlin was named to the second team of both conferences with a 10th place finish (28:!2) at the MDC Championships and then eighth (27:30) at the CAC Championships. Freshman Kyle Reagan had a strong rookie campaign where he was named to the All-NCAA Mideast Region Freshman team backed up by an eight place finish (28:08) and a ninth place finish (27:33) at the two races. His strong effort provided him with a pair of second team honors. Senior Chris Oxford was named to the All-CAC second team with a 12th place finish (27:54) while both Beall and O'Hara were named to the All-Maryland State second team.

The women had a slow start to begin the season but would rebound with a second place finish at the Tidewater Fall Classic. The Sea Gulls hot streak continued when they won the Division III title (third overall) at the Maryland State Championships. After a seventh place finish at the William and Mary Invitational, they posted a third place honor at the Mason-Dixon Championships. The women ran well at the CAC Championships to land a second place finish before ending the season 11th out of a 41 team field at the Mideast Regionals. The women's final record was 96-46 (.676 winning percentage).

Junior Suzy McCulloch stole the show for the SU women as she was named Women's Athlete of the Year in both the CAC and Mason-Dixon Conferences. She placed first at both the CAC Championships (18:35) and the Mason-Dixon Conference Championships (18:43). The Ellicott City, Md., product  was named to the first team of both while also landing a spot on the All-Maryland State Collegiate first team (fifth, 19:08). She represented SU well at the Mideast Regional where she finished in 17th with a time of 19:32. Sophomore Scottie Morris was an All-CAC first team honoree (fourth, 19:35) and a All-Mason-Dixon second team performer (13th, 19:43). SU was also paced by the performances of senior Stacie Wentz and sophomor Kristin Camp, who were each named to the All-CAC second team after finishing in 13th and 15th, respectively.

 

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