2004 Season Recap
In 2004, the Salisbury University men's and women's cross country teams featured just five senior runners. Although a total of 11 freshman occupied roster spots for SU, the Sea Gulls were able to overcome the youth and still able to post an impressive season. Thanks in part to the outstanding coaching of head coach Jim Jones, the squads were able to collect yet another regional berth. Jones' efforts did not go unnoticed as he was named CAC Women's Coach of the Year.
The SU men opened up their season at home in the Sea Gull Opener where they finished in fourth. The men would respond with a third place finish at the Towson Invitational before claiming fifth place laurels at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitiational. The team placed seven runners in the top-15 to finish second at the Maryland State Championships before returning home to run in the Mason-Dixon Conference Championshops where the Sea Gulls had two runners in the top-3 to claim their second consecutive second place. Salisbury finished second at the CAC meet to qualify for the regional meet where the maroon and gold ended their season with an eighth place finish.
The Salisbury men were led by four All-CAC first team performers in senior Will Murdoch, juniors Scott Koehler and Daryl Lee, and freshman Buck Stokes. SU had three individuals claim All-CAC second team laurels in senior Will Detweiler, sophomore Matt Vetter, and freshman Will Graves. At the CAC Championship meet, Koehler led all Sea Gull runners with a fourth place finish (27:40) but was closely followed by Stokes (fifth, 27:40), Murdoch (sixth, 27:43), and Lee (seventh, 27:52). His efforts did not stop there as the junior went on to be named to the All-Mideast Region when he placed 26th at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in a time of 26:45. Stokes and Graves were named to the Mideast Region Freshman Team. Senior Tristan Gilbert also paced SU on the year with a second place finish at the Mason-Dixon meet to lead the charge of six Sea Gulls who were named to the All-Mason Dixon team.
The women struggled to begin the season but came through when it mattered the most as the Sea Gulls but together a very impressive end of the season. After three mediocre finishes to start the year, SU had four women finish in the to-10 to place second at the Tidewater Fall Classic. The good results would continue when the women had three runners finish in the top-15 of the Maryland State Championships to earn third place. SU finished second at the Mason-Dixon Championships before winning the CAC Championship behind a strong team performance. The Sea Gulls ended their season with a tenth place finish at the regional meet.
The SU women were propelled on the year by junior Lauren Bragg and a trio of freshman in Casey McInerny, Lauren Ulmer, and Zuzka O'Zwoldlike. McInerny finished third at the CAC Championships to collect All-CAC first team honors. She was also named to the All-Maryland State first team and the Mason-Dixon Conference first team. Ulmer, who was named CAC Rookie of the Year and to the Mideast Region Freshman Team, also led SU at the conference meet when she finished third overall. Bragg was the final Sea Gull named to the All-CAC first team while O'Zwoldlike picked up All-CAC second team laurels. The women had five harriers named to the All-Mason-Dixon squad.