Cross country looking for success at CAC championships

Cross country looking for success at CAC championships

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's cross country teams head to Southern Virginia University for the Capital Athletic Conference championship meet on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m.

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How the men got here

In four meets this season the men were able to win one, the Hood College Invitational. Salisbury placed in the top four each time the squad ran this year. In three of the team's four events this year, the Sea Gulls have had at least two runners finish in the top 10. Senior Conner Masteran has paced the Sea Gulls this year, as the team's top finisher in every race, placing in the top 10 every time this year.

How the women got here

The women's team was nearly unbeatable by the competition it faced in 2018. The Sea Gulls won three of the four races they competed in, defending their home course twice at Winter Place Park with a five-point win in the Salisbury University Fall Classic to begin the season and a convincing 38-point win in the Don Cathcart Invitational four weeks later. Junior Ashley Mazer has been the steady force for Salisbury, as one of the team's top-three finishers in each race this year, including being the maroon and gold's top runner in the past two events.

CAC championship history

The Salisbury cross country programs have earned 18 CAC championships throughout the programs' history with the men's team garnering 10 titles while the women have picked up eight. The most recent championship for the men's team came in 2014 while the women have not won it since 2011. Both teams swept the CAC championships in 2006, 2008, and most recently in 2010.  

Riding the momentum

The last time the Sea Gulls toed the starting line, they came away successful, with each of the teams winning the Hood Invitational, while Salisbury had the top runner on the men's side and the women's side. Masteran earned the win at the Hood event, winning by a full 33 seconds. Mazer earned the victory on the women's side, edging out the second-place runner by just under five seconds.

First time here

Southern Virginia joined the Capital Athletic Conference prior to the start of the 2012 season, officially competing in the CAC championships in cross country for the first time in 2014. The Knights have never hosted the CAC championships, with the host's best team finish a fifth-place standing by both the men's and women's teams in 2017.

Up next

The teams will participate in the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship, hosted by DeSales University on Saturday, November 10.

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