GLASSBORO, N.J. – The Salisbury University men's and women's cross country teams took part in the Bill Fritz/Charlie Way Invitational on Saturday with the men finishing second as the women came home in fourth.
Salisbury had three top-10 finishes out of a field of 174 runners, led by freshman Branson Oduor, who finished second in a time of 25:24, only 22 seconds behind race winner Zachary Helm from Rowan University, the host of the event.
The Profs claimed the team title with 25 points, 26 points clear of Salisbury's 51 point total, with Vassar College placing third with 64 points.
Senior Connor Hesselbirg finished eighth for the Sea Gulls with a time of 25:49, followed closely by junior Malcolm Milton, who came home in 25:52. Sophomore Billy Kirk finished 14th in 26:05 with sophomore Connor Masteran coming in 18th with a time 26:20 to round out Salisbury's scoring runners.
The women scored 102 points paced by a pair of top-20 finishers to take fourth with New Paltz State earning the win with 34 points, followed by Rowan (43 points) and Vassar (49 points).
Freshman Abby Potter led the way with a 12th-place finish in 24:10 with a pack of Sea Gulls coming across the finish line beginning with Alison Schwartz in 20th in a time of 24:40. Six of the next 13 runners to finish wore maroon and gold, with Jamie Farley and Fiona Halloran finishing 23rd and 24th, respectively, in times of 24:44 and 24:50.
Kate Nichols, with a 26th-place finish, in 24:54 finished off Salisbury's scoring, while Christine Sturm and Ashley Mazer capped off the Sea Gulls' top-seven runners. Sturm placed 29th in a time of 25:04 and Mazer came home in 25:08 to finish in 31st.
Salisbury will be back home for its next meet, hosting the Don Cathcart Invitational on Saturday, October 1 at Winter Place Park. The event begins at 9:45 a.m.