Sea Gull men place third at CAC cross country championships; women take fourth

Sea Gull men place third at CAC cross country championships; women take fourth

ST. LEONARD, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's cross country teams competed on Saturday in the Capital Athletic Conference championships hosted by St. Mary's College of Maryland. The men brought home a third-place finish, while the women took fourth.

Men

The men's team saw four runners place in the top 20 led by sophomore Malcolm Milton, who finished in seventh place in a time of 25:48, just 27 seconds off the pace of the top runner in the field. The time for Milton was more than a minute faster than the time he posted on September 19 when the Sea Gulls ran on the same course for the Seahawk Invitational.

Milton's finish helped Salisbury to 65 points, while Christopher Newport University took the top spot, with 27 points, and York College of Pennsylvania grabbed second with 48 points.

Junior Connor Hesselbirg came home just behind Milton, finishing in a time of 25:48, to finish in eighth place.

Billy Kirk was the top freshman across the finish line from any school, placing 12th in a time of 25:58 with sophomore Ben Meister coming home in 26:14 to finish in 17th.

Freshman Connor Masteran earned the final scoring spot for Salisbury, finishing in 26:30 for a 23rd-place finish.

Sophomore Tom McIntyre and freshman Josh Hall rounded out the top-seven places for Salisbury. McIntyre finished in 30th place in a time of 26:39 with Hall 24 seconds behind in 41st place.

McIntyre made a huge improvement from his previous run on the course, gaining more than three minutes on his time from the Seahawk Invitational.

Women

The Salisbury women put a pair of runners in the top 20 to score 123 points and place fourth, behind Christopher Newport (25 points), York (48) and Mary Washington (89).

Freshman Jamie Farley and senior Laura Hartman led the way for the Sea Gulls, finishing less than a second apart, with Farley being the first Salisbury runner across the finish line for the second-straight meet. She finished in 23:50.4, for 15th place, while Hartman crossed the finished line in 23:51.3. Farley improved her time on the St. Mary's course by more than a minute since the Seahawk Invitational.

The Sea Gulls' next two runners finished together, as well, with freshman Jill Ciritella placing 29th in 24:24.6 with sophomore Jessica Lane just two seconds behind in 30th place.

Freshman Carly Sniffen was almost two minutes faster than her previous time on the course, finishing off Salisbury's scoring with a 40th-place finish in 24:59.3 on Saturday.

Freshman Fiona Halloran and sophomore Taylor Nantz rounded out the top seven for the Gulls, with Halloran finishing in 25:07.9 in 45th, and Nantz placing 52nd in 25:29.8.

The Salisbury teams will run again in two weeks, traveling to Pennsylvania for the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional on Saturday, November 14.

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