September 22, 2012

Salisbury men place second, women fourth at Frostburg Invitational

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.

Sophomore Jeremy Skarda took ninth place, with a time of 28:53.3 while freshman Thomas Burke was 11th in 29:11.8.

Salisbury's scoring was finished by junior Joel Anderson (29:51.1), in 21st place, and senior Tyler Miluski (29:57.5), in 23rd.

Junior Matthew Hallenbeck took 25th place with a time of 30:01.9 and freshman Branden Vanderhoff was 30th with a time of 30:08.7, to round out Salisbury's top seven runners.

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.

Junior Claire Lawrence and freshman Laura Hartman were separated by less than two seconds. Lawrence finished 30th in 27:22.16 with Hartman one spot behind in 27:24.03.

Juniors Emma Bahneman (27:37.01) and Michele Stromberg (27:40.82) rounded out Salisbury's top seven, finishing three seconds apart in 35th and 36th, respectively.

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.

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