Salisbury men place fourth at Gettysburg; women take 13th

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's and women's cross country teams ran in their final tune-up event before the Capital Athletic Conference Championships, taking part in the Gettysburg Invitational on Saturday morning. The men came away with a fourth-place finish, out of 35 teams, while the women took 13th, out of 36.

Freshman Kyle Tockman placed sixth out of nearly 400 runners to lead the Sea Gull men to their 164 points. Salisbury was the top Division III team in the field, just 42 points behind Shippensburg University. Lock Haven University (50 points) claimed the team title, while Bucknell University (79) placed second.

Tockman crossed the finish line with a time of 25:58 while sophomore Jeremy Skarda came home in 26:36 to take 30th.

Junior Nathan Austin covered the eight-kilometer course in a time of 26:42, placing 35th followed by freshman Thomas Burke, who placed 51st with a time of 27:00 and junior Matthew Hallenbeck rounded out the Sea Gulls' scoring with a 77th-place finish in 27:22.

Salisbury finished its top seven runners with junior Nick Hanifee (27:55, 117th) and senior Tyler Miluski (27:56, 118th).

Sophomore Hailey Spinapont led the women's team's charge, notching an 11th-place finish in a time of 22:57 as the Gulls scored 380 points, tied with Roanoke College and five points ahead of Susquehanna University.

Senior Jessie Early was Salisbury's next runner to cross the finish line, placing 75th with a time of 24:50 and sophomore Kira Polimeni finished in 124th, finishing the 6,000 meters in 25:31.

Freshmen Laura Hartman and Becky Early finished 11 seconds apart, capping Salisbury's scoring. Hartman ran the race in 25:40, placing 130th while Becky Early finished in 144th.

Juniors Michele Stromberg (26:03, 154th place) and Kayla Parlevecchio (162nd place) were separated by just 10 seconds, rounding out Salisbury's top seven.

Frostburg State University will host the CAC Championships in two weeks, on Saturday, Oct. 27.

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