Burke takes individual championship, as SU men win 10th CAC crown

Burke takes individual championship, as SU men win 10th CAC crown

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Salisbury University men's cross country team brought home the program's 10th Capital Athletic Conference championship, and first since 2010, on Saturday, gathering 42 points in the title race, while the SU women's cross country team placed fourth in the event with 147 points.

Men

Junior Thomas Burke proved to be the individual conference champion, finishing first overall in a time of 25:02.2.

"This is one of the great team efforts and great wins in program history," Head Coach Jim Jones said of the men's finish.

The Sea Gull men boasted three runners in the top-10 finishers and six in the top 20. Senior George Martinez placed third, just 14 seconds behind Burke in 25:16.3, while junior Eric Wood (25:19.2) came in seventh.

Seniors Brandon Horning (25:30.7) and Jeremy Skarda (25:42.8) rounded out the SU scoring in 13th and 18th, respectively.

The 20th-place finish was grabbed by freshman Ben Meister, as the sixth Sea Gull to cross the finish line in 25:47.4, and classmate Thomas McIntyre closed out the SU top-seven runners in 35th with a time of 26:13.

Women

The women's team was paced by senior Olivia Cloud's 21st-place finish in 23:31.6, while the top-five Sea Gulls were rounded out by a group of four that finished within one minute of each other.

Freshman Jessica Lane finished second for the Gulls in 34th overall, with a time of 24:09.8, while freshman Taylor Nantz came in just four seconds later (24:13.0) in 36th.

Freshman Emily Plunkett (24:23.8) and junior Laura Hartman (24:53.7) finished out the SU scoring in 39th and 44th, respectively.

Freshmen Alison Schwartz and Taylor Streib came in at 49th and 51st in times of 24:58.9 and 25:19, respectively, to finish the Gulls' top-seven runners.

Next up for the Sea Gulls is the NCAA Division III Mideast Regionals on Saturday, November 15; the first race is set for 11 a.m.

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