Cross country teams have strong showing at NCAA Mideast Regional

Cross country teams have strong showing at NCAA Mideast Regional

NEWVILLE, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's and women's cross country teams competed on Saturday at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championships, with the men placing in 11th, of 52 teams, while the women took 21st, out of 50 teams.

Men

The Sea Gulls were led by junior Connor Hesselbirg, who completed the 8,000-meter course in a time of 26:24.7, his second-fastest time of the year, finishing in 37th place, out of 371 runners.

Salisbury scored 356 points in the race, just 20 points behind fellow-Capital Athletic Conference member York College of Pennsylvania, which grabbed the 10th spot. Haverford College won the regional with 67 points, putting four runners in the top 20.

Sophomore Ben Meister was just 32 seconds behind Hesselbirg, finishing in 26:56.2, in 66th place, and classmate Malcolm Milton was five spots back in 71st place with a time of 27:05.5.

The Sea Gulls saw freshman Connor Masteran place 81st, in a time of 27:15.2, and sophomore Tom McIntyre cross the line in 27:30.6 to place 101st to finish out the scoring.

Freshman Billy Kirk came home in 28:19.9 for a 163rd-place finish and classmate Josh Hall took 166th in 28:22.1 to round out Salisbury's seven spots in the field.

Women

The women's team saw freshman Jamie Farley, who has come on to lead the team through the last two meets, take the team's top spot again. She crossed the line of the 6,000-meter course in 24:27.4, to finish in 112th place.

The Sea Gulls held together in a group, with the five scorers finishing just 46 spots apart to garner 632 points, 35 points behind Franklin & Marshall College. Johns Hopkins University scored the top-three finishers to win the regional title with 33 points.

Sophomore Jessica Lane was just seven spots behind Farley, placing 119th, in a time of 24:38.3, while senior Laura Hartman finished 124th in a time of 24:45.7.

Freshman Jill Ciritella was 11 seconds behind Hartman, finishing in 131st place in a time of 24:56.7 and classmate Carly Sniffen finalized the Sea Gulls scoring in 158th place with a time of 25:21.8.

Freshman Fiona Halloran was 171st in 25:34.0 and sophomore Taylor Nantz placed 177th, finishing in 25:42.0 to finish off Salisbury's seven runners.

The 21st-place finish for the women's team is their highest since the 2011 season when the Sea Gulls finished 11th.

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