Tockman, Spinapont lead Gulls at UMass-Dartmouth Invitational

Tockman, Spinapont lead Gulls at UMass-Dartmouth Invitational

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Salisbury University cross country teams made their furthest trip north of the 2012 season on Saturday, taking part in the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational, and came home with a pair of individual finishes in the top 30.

The Salisbury men placed eighth, just one point behind Rowan University for seventh, while the women took 17th place. Each field featured nearly 40 teams.

Freshman Kyle Tockman led the men's team by finishing the 8,000-meter course in a time of 25:27.60, more than a minute faster than his first collegiate race two weeks ago, placing 15th, the highest finish for a Sea Gull on the day.

Tockman was followed by sophomore Jeremy Skarda and junior Nathan Austin in the scoring. Skarda took 28th, finishing in a time of 25:57.22, and Austin came home in 26:10.27 to place 36th.

Junior Matthew Hallenbeck crossed the finish line in 26:47.90 to take 73rd while senior Chris Sufczynski completed Salisbury's scoring with a time of 27:29.31 to place 128th.

Senior Tyler Miluski was 134th with a time of 27:37.35 and freshman Jay Souder rounded out Salisbury's competitors with a time of 27:52.34 to place 148th.

Sophomore Hailey Spinapont was Salisbury's top finisher on the women's side, placing 29th with a time of 19:16.84 in the 5,000-meter race.

Classmate Kira Polimeni came home in 20:03.60 to take 75th and she was followed, just 10 seconds behind, by freshman Laura Hartman, who crossed the line with a time of 20:13.48, placing 95th.

Freshman Becky Early and junior Claire Lawrence finished just a second apart with Early posting a time of 20:55.22 and Lawrence finishing in 20:56.21 to place 142nd and 145th.

Freshman Samantha Lucas was 165th with a time of 21:06.33 while junior Michele Stromberg finished 185th in 21:24.19 to round out Salisbury's runners.

The Sea Gulls will be back in action next week, traveling to the Frostburg Invitational, hosted by Frostburg State University. The course will also be the site of the Capital Athletic Conference Championships in late October.

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