SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University cross country teams had another solid performance on Saturday, hosting the Don Cathcart Invitational at Winter Place Park. The women earned a second-place finish, among 16 full teams, while sophomore Ryan Jackson continues to impress, earning the win on the men's side, leading his team to a third-place standing.
A tight group of Sea Gull women led the way as Salisbury saw three runners remain in a pack throughout much of the race. Senior Becca Stinner led the way for the Gulls, placing 10th with a time of 22:45. She was followed closely in 13th and 14th places by senior Anna Steinman (22:53) and freshman Hailey Spinapont (22:56).
The trio was the foundation for Salisbury's team score of 87 points, placing only behind East Stroudsburg University (30 points). The second-place finish is the best result for the Sea Gull women at this event since the 2006 season.
Freshman Kira Polimeni placed 20th for Salisbury with a time of 23:17 while senior Emily Powell (23:49) and sophomore Emma Bahneman (23:55) finished in 32nd and 33rd. The Sea Gull scoring was completed by junior Jessie Early whose time of 24:10 was good for 38th place.
Jackson was with the lead pack throughout the men's race and ran neck-and-neck with Eamonn McCarey from the United States Naval Academy. McCarey held a slight edge with about 800 meters remaining before Jackson kicked to the finish.
Jackson rounded the corner heading for the finish line with a 20-meter lead and never let up, posting his second consecutive time of under 25 minutes, winning the race with a personal-best time of 24:55.
McCarey, with his second-place finish, and the Midshipmen were able to take the team title, with 31 points, followed by East Stroudsburg (52 points) and Salisbury (121).
Salisbury senior John Fitzgerald was the team's second to cross the finish line, posting a time of 25:51, for 24th place. Senior David Toller and freshman Alex Arias came home just 15 seconds apart as Toller (26:38) took 32nd place and Arias (26:53) placed 35th.
The Sea Gull scoring was completed by sophomores Nathan Austin, Adam Rudy and junior Tyler Miluski. Austin led the group across the finish line, finishing 58th with a time of 27:41, while Rudy and Miluski placed in 61st and 62nd, respectively, with times of 27:46 and 27:48.
The Sea Gulls will be back in action next Saturday, at the DeSales Invitational.