FROSTBURG, Md. – The Salisbury University cross country teams got a look at the course they will run for a Capital Athletic Conference championship on in five weeks' time. Along with five other CAC schools, the Sea Gull competed at the Frostburg Invitational on Saturday. The men claimed a second-place finish while the women came in fourth.
Freshman Kyle Tockman and junior Nathan Austin paced the men's team placing third and fourth, respectively, with each crossing the line with a time of 28:43.0. Tockman has been Salisbury's leading runner in each of its three races this season. The pair was just under a minute behind race winner Tim Hartung, from York (Pa.) College.
The men finished with 48 points, just four behind York, while the University of Mary Washington came in third with 51 points.
The women saw another strong performance from sophomore Hailey Spinapont, leading the way. Spinapont placed third, covering the course in a time of 24:46.70. Spinapont, who was the highest finishing CAC runner in the field behind two runners from Gettysburg College, has been Salisbury's top runner in each meet this year.
Spinapont's high finish helped the Gulls to 95 points, which fell only behind Gettysburg (25 points), Mary Washington (52) and York (69).
The next six Sea Gull runners ran in pairs. Sophomore Kira Polimeni and senior Jessie Early finished three seconds apart. Polimeni came home in 27:09.45 for 26th place while Early was 27th in 27:12.27.
Salisbury will return home to Winter Place Park next Saturday, Sept. 29, for the Don Cathcart Invitational. The men's race will begin at 9:45 a.m., followed by the women.