2003 Season Recap
In 2003, the Salisbury University men's and women's cross country teams overcame a very young squad to post yet another successful season. The maroon and gold followed the trend of many past SU teams as the Sea Gulls saved their best races for the end of the season. The squads each posted impressive results at the CAC Championship and would earn berths into the regional meet. Salisbury head coach Jim Jones continued his outstanding tutelage and was rewarded by being named CAC Men's Coach of the Year.
The Salisbury men finished in the top-5 of their first two meets of the year before running in the Division I dominated, New York University Invitiational. The Sea Gulls would finish 17th overall but would return home to claim fifth in the Tidewater Fall Classic. SU's next race would be the Maryland State Collegiate Championships where they finished in first place overall. The men claimed a runner-up finish at the Mason-Dixon Championships before winning both the Juniata College Invitiational and the Capital Athletic Conference Championship. SU concluded its season when it placed 10th out of 45 teams at the Mideast Regional Championships in Carlisle, Pa. The men ended the year with a 91-36 record for a total win percentage of .717. The final record includes meets against NCAA Division I, II, III, and junior college teams.
The SU men were led by junior Tristan Gilbert, who was named CAC Runner of the Year after finishing in first place (25:38) at the CAC Championships. Gilbert's honors did not stop there as he was also named to the All-Maryland State first team, the All-Mason-Dixon Conference first team and the All-CAC first team. Salisbury was paced by senior Steve Jacobs, junior Will Detweiler, and sophomore Will Murdoch. Jacobs was named to the All-CAC second team while also claiming a spot on the second team in the All-Mason-Dixon Conference and All-Maryland State. Detweiler was the second Sea Gull to cross the finish line at the CAC Championships where he finished in fifth to be named to the All-CAC first team. He was also named to the All-Maryland State second team and the All-Mason-Dixon Conference second team. Murdoch claimed All-CAC first team laurels, All-Maryland Sate second team honors, and was named to the second team of the MDC. SU had four others named to the All-CAC second team in junior Brad Ellis and freshmen Daryl Lee, Greg Cooke, and Matt Vetter.
The SU women raced in the Sea Gull Opener and the UMES Lid Lifter, where the Sea Gulls finished in sixth and second place, respectively. After placing 13th at the NYU Invitiational, the women returned to Winter Place Park to place sixth at its second home meet of the year. The Sea Gulls then won the Division III title at the Maryland State Championships to thrust them into a fourth place overall finish. After a pair of third place finishes, SU would come back with a second place finish at the CAC Championships. The women concluded their season with a 19th place finish out ofthe 44 team Mideast Regional.
Sophomor Lauren Bragg stole the show for the Sea Gull women as she was named to the All-CAC first team and the All-Mason-Dixon Conference first team. She finished in fifth place (23:56) at the conference meet while placing seventh (24:27) at the Mason-Dixon Conference Championships. A pair of freshman, Ruth Hedrick and Kellie Mckay, also had big years for the Sea Gulls. Hedrick was named to the All-CAC second team after finishing in 10th place at the conference meet in a time of 23:59 while McKay was named to the All-Mason-Dixon Conference second team courtesy of a 12th place time of 24:55.