Men's cross country squad wins for second time in 2015, women place ninth at Gettysburg

Men's cross country squad wins for second time in 2015, women place ninth at Gettysburg

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's and women's cross country teams showed strong signs of being ready for the Capital Athletic Conference championships, just two weeks away, as the squads got their final tune-up at Saturday's Gettysburg Invitational. The Sea Gull men came out with their second win of the season, while the women placed ninth.

Men

Salisbury was the top collegiate team with 95 points, seeing three runners place in the top 20 in a field that included Georgetown Run, a team of Division I runners who have completed their collegiate eligibility. The next closest collegiate squad was Grove City College, which scored 111 points.

The Sea Gulls were led by junior Connor Hesselbirg who placed 13th in a time of 26:31.3, while sophomore Ben Meister completed the 8,000-meter course in 26:33.3 to place 15th.

Freshman Billy Kirk was the third Salisbury runner across the line, placing 18th, in 26:42.8, while freshmen Dan Stretz and Connor Masteran finished three seconds apart in 26th and 28th places, respectively, in 26:53.5 and 26:56.6 to finish off Salisbury's scoring.

Sophomore Malcolm Milton was one spot behind Masteran, just a tenth of a second behind, and freshman Emmanuel Porquin rounded out the Sea Gulls' top-seven runners in a time of 27:18.8 to place 41st.

Women

The women scored 303 points to take ninth place, though only five of the eight teams that finished ahead of the Sea Gulls were Division III schools, with a pair of Division I teams and one Division II squad in the top eight. Salisbury held off Division II Millersville University by seven points.

Freshman Jamie Farley led Salisbury across the finish line, placing 50th in the field of nearly 300 runners, crossing the line in 24:25.7. Both the men and women ran well in packs with Farley's classmate Jill Ciritella finishing just two spots back in 24:27.3.

Sophomore Jessica Lane and freshman Carly Sniffen were just eight seconds apart with Lane placing 69th, in 24:49.6, while Sniffen was 75th, in 24:57.0.

Senior Laura Hartman finished the Salisbury scoring, placing 94th in a time of 25:31.7 on the 6,000-meter course, while sophomore Taylor Nantz (99th in 25:41.5) and freshman Fiona Halloran (108th in 25:50.9) finished off the Sea Gulls' top-seven spots.

The teams will be back in competition in two weeks, stepping to the line at the CAC Championships hosted by St. Mary's College of Maryland, on October 31.

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