YORK, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's cross country team followed up its 2014 Capital Athletic Conference championship by having junior Thomas Burke named CAC Runner of the Year, Head Coach Jim Jones named CAC Coach of the Year, and four runners named to the All-CAC teams, the league announced on Thursday.
Burke won the conference individual championship to lead the Sea Gulls in the CAC title race, placing first overall in 25:02.2, earning him the program's sixth men's runner of the year award and first since 2010. He was also one of three SU men named All-CAC first-team selections, after earning second-team honors in 2012 and 2013. Burke is the only Sea Gull repeating on All-CAC teams this season.
Winning his ninth men's coach of the year award, Jones led the team to the program's 10th conference championship, the first since 2010, while having six runners finish in the top-20 finishers of the event. The men's team has not finished an event lower than fourth this season under Jones, leading up to the conference title win.
Senior George Martinez and junior Eric Wood joined Burke on the all-conference first team, after finishing third and seventh, respectively, at the CAC championships. Martinez came in just four seconds behind second place in 25:16.3, while Wood followed three seconds later in 25:19.2. This was the first All-CAC selection for both runners.
Senior Brandon Horning also received his first All-CAC nod, being named to the second team after finishing 13th in the event in a time of 25:30.7.
With three runners named to the all-conference first team, the Sea Gulls led the CAC in top-team selections, while tying for the second most total All-CAC members with Christopher Newport University with four. York College of Pennsylvania led the league with five.
The Sea Gulls now look forward to the NCAA Division III Mideast Regionals on Saturday, November 15; the first race is set for 11 a.m.
To view the entire All-CAC men's teams, click here.