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