November 10, 2012

Sea Gulls close season with strong showing at regional; Tockman named All-Region

CARLISLE, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's and women's cross country teams sent a select group of student-athletes to the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional, hosted by Dickinson College, on Saturday, coming home with a number of high finishers and an All-Region award.

Freshman Kyle Tockman was Salisbury's top finisher in either the men's or women's race, placing 31st in the race, which featured 343 runners. Tockman crossed the finish line in a time of 26:16.6. It is the highest finish for a Salisbury men's runner in a regional since 2010.

With his finish, in the top 35, Tockman was named to the All-Region Team, the ninth in the history of the men's program. He was also the third-fastest freshman in the field, garnering All-Freshman Mideast Region honors, only the second runner with that honor in Salisbury history.

Freshman Thomas Burke and sophomore Jeremy Skarda, Salisbury's final two student-athletes in the men's race, placed 78th and 79th, respectively. Burke covered the 8,000-meter course in 27:15.6, and Skarda was less than a second behind in 27:16.0. Only nine of the 49 schools registering team scores saw at least three runners finish in the top 80 of the field.

Sophomore Hailey Spinapont was Salisbury's top women's finisher, placing 40th, of 346 runners, coming home in 23:40.5. It was the highest finisher for the Salisbury women since 2007 when Kelly Sullivan finished 32nd.

Senior Jessie Early closed out her career with a 153rd-place finish, covering the 6,000 meters in 25:57.7.

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