Cross country teams place fifth, 13th at Gettysburg in last tune-up for CAC Championships

Olivia Cloud
Olivia Cloud

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Salisbury University cross country teams made the trip north to run in the Gettysburg College Invitational on Saturday morning. The men placed fifth, of 26 teams, while the women placed 13th. Sophomore Thomas Burke paced the men, placing 14th, and the women were led by freshman Anna Van Zeijts' 72nd-place finish.

Men

Burke's finish, in a time of 26:36.6, helped the Sea Gulls to 166 total points. Dickinson College won the event with 86 points, edging out Lock Haven University (87 points) and Shippensburg University (102). Muhlenberg College finished fourth with 106 points.

Senior Nathan Austin was the second runner across the line for Salisbury, placing 26th with a time of 26:52.8 and sophomore George Martinez finished in 41st, with a time of 27:15.5.

Salisbury saw senior Joel Anderson finish 49th with a time of 27:26.6 and junior Jeremy Skarda rounded out the Salisbury scoring, finishing in 59th, with a time of 27:39.9.

Sophomore Branden Vanderhoof crossed the finish line in 27:41.1 to take 62nd place and junior Brandon Horning was just behind, in 63rd, in 27:42.0 to finish out Salisbury's top seven runners.

Women

Van Zeijts led Salisbury to 387 points with her run of 25:18.1, while Dickinson claimed the top spot with 32 points, followed by Shippensburg (125 points) and Lebanon Valley (129).

Junior Olivia Cloud picked up a 76th-place finish for the Sea Gulls, coming home in 25:25.9, and junior Kira Polimeni was 84th in 25:37.2.

Sophomore Laura Hartman finished in 26:23.3 to place 121st, followed by senior Michele Stromberg's 129th-place finish in 26:28.7 to finish out Salisbury's top-five runners.

Sophomores Devon Miller (27:05.5), in 150th, and Samantha Lucas (27:39.5), in 177th, rounded out Salisbury's top seven.

The Sea Gulls return to action on Saturday, November 2, when they host the Capital Athletic Conference Championships at Winter Place Park.

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