NEW ORLEANS – The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its Division III Cross Country All-Region honorees following Saturday's NCAA regional championship meets, and Salisbury University junior Thomas Burke earned the honor for the Mideast region.
Helping guide the men's team to a 10th place finish out of 47 schools at the Mideast Regionals on Saturday morning, Burke crossed the finish line in a time of 25:51.2 to take 29th place, finishing ahead of the rest of the SU pack. For the day, Salisbury totaled 327 points. Burke becomes the 10th all-region performer in the history of the men's cross country program.
Burke has been the first runner to cross the line for the Sea Gulls in five of the seven races, including a top finish at the Capital Athletic Conference Championships on November 1 with a time of 25:02.2. The first-place finish earned Burke the conference's Runner of the Year award.
A total of 559 student-athletes (280 men and 279 women) earned the distinction by crossing the finish line among the top 35 individual finishers at one of the eight regional sites across the country. In order to be recognized, a student-athlete must compete for a school that is a member of the USTFCCCA.
To view the complete USTFCCCA list of All-Region selections, click here.