Sea Gull men take second in Paul Short Run, women place 19th

Sea Gull men take second in Paul Short Run, women place 19th

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Salisbury University men's and women's cross country teams continued their seasons at the Lehigh University Paul Short Run on Saturday, with the men taking second with 85 points, marking the second time this season the team has finished in the spot, while the women's team earned 577 points for 19th place.

The Sea Gull men, coming up just nine points short of Ramapo College for the No. 1 spot, had three runners finish in the top-15 places; junior Thomas Burke paced the Gulls in seventh with a time of 26:10. He was followed by seniors Brandon Horning (26:27) and George Martinez (26:41) in 11th and 14th, respectively.

The SU scoring was rounded out by junior Eric Wood and senior Jeremy Skarda, who finished just three seconds apart in 25th and 28th with times of 27:04 and 27:07, respectively.

Sophomore Connor Hesselbirg and freshman Thomas McIntyre completed the Salisbury top seven in 47th and 59th respectively, with Hesselbirg running in 27:31 and McIntyre finishing in 27:47.

With the finish, the team placed 37 points ahead of No. 3 Gettysburg College.

Senior Olivia Cloud continued her leadership of the Sea Gull women, pacing the team with a 65th-place finish in 24:23, while freshman Jessica Lane also finished in the top 100, running the course in 24:44, just 21 seconds behind Cloud for an 88th-place finish.

The young team saw six freshmen in the top-seven runners, while classmates Alison Schwartz (25:26), Taylor Nantz (25:28), and Emily Plunkett (25:48) finished out the SU scoring in a group in 134th, 140th and 150th.

Taylor Streib and Maura Souders placed in the top-seven Sea Gulls in 170th and 173rd with times of 26:42 and 26:50, respectively.

The Sea Gulls will have their final preparations for the Capital Athletic Conference championships with their last regular-season competition at the Gettysburg College Invitational on Saturday, October 18; the race is set for 10:30 a.m.

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