FREDERICK, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's cross country teams both took team championships at the Hood College Invitational in the final regular season meet on Saturday as Salisbury had the individual champion on both the men's and women's side, as well.
The men captured the top spot among 13 teams with 36 points, over half the total of second-place Virginia Wesleyan University, which finished with 99 points. The Sea Gulls saw their top-seven runners finish in the top 14 spots, as senior Conner Masteran claimed first with a time of 25:55. For Masteran, it marked his third top-two finish this season and his first race victory.
Sophomore Mason Kimbell placed sixth, finishing in a time of 26:46, as Salisbury's second runner across.
The final three top-seven finishers for Salisbury were separated by just nine seconds. Sophomores Ryan Eville and Joey Wiggins finished 12th and 13th with times of 27:16 and 27:19, while freshman Ethan Gray placed 14th with a time of 27:25.
The women finished first for the third time this season, scoring 30 points to finish ahead of second-place Catholic University of America, which scored 54 points. Salisbury saw its top-seven runners finish in the top 13 spots, with junior Ashley Mazer capturing first place in a time of 23:14. In four races this year, Mazer have been in the top five on three occassions.
The Salisbury teams next compete in the Capital Athletic Conference championships on Saturday, October 13 at Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista, Virginia.