YORK, Pa. – The Capital Athletic Conference released the 2016 first and second team cross country awards Thursday afternoon. Salisbury University had five runners in total earn recognition as some of the top runners in the conference.
Junior Alison Schwartz led the Sea Gulls as the only runner to receive first-team recognition after her fourth place finish at the 2016 CAC Championships on October 29. Schwartz posted a time of 24:01.0 and was the only Salisbury women's runner to place in the top 10. She posted three top-10 finishes in 2016 including the CAC Championships. Schwartz's highest finish was third at the Salisbury University Fall Classic.
Jamie Farley earned her second consecutive second-team honors after her 12th place finish at the CAC Championships. Farley posted a time of 24:42.0 finishing just six seconds out of the top 10. Teammates Jill Ciritella and Abby Potter joined Farley on the second team. Potter, a true freshman, and sophomore Ciritella finished 15th and 16th respectively at the championships. Potter crossed the finish line in a time of 25:00.7 while Ciritella came in just five seconds after her in a time of 25:05.1.
All three runners turned in successful 2016 season's combining for four top 10 and eight top 20 finishes overall. This is both Ciritella's and Potter's first All-CAC honors.
Senior Connor Hesselbirg was the only male runner to represent the Sea Gulls on the All-CAC list of honorees. Hesselbirg placed 11th at the CAC Championships earning himself Second Team All-CAC recognition. It is his second time earning All-CAC honors being named to the first team in 2015.
Hesselbirg finished the season with five top-15 finishes including four in the top 10. His best finish was third at the Salisbury University Fall Classic on September 3.
Salisbury will next compete at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championships on November 12. The race is set to be held at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa. and is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.