PREVIEW: Cross Country looks to carry strong season into CAC Championships

PREVIEW: Cross Country looks to carry strong season into CAC Championships

SALISBURY, Md – The Salisbury University men's and women's cross country teams will head north to York College of Pennsylvania to compete in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) championships set for Saturday morning.

THE RUNDOWN

When: Saturday, November 2 – men's 8k event (11 a.m.) | women's 6k event (12 p.m.)

Where: Reservoir Hill – York, Pa. (hosted by York College (Pa.))

LIVE RESULTS

CAC CHAMPIONSHIPS HOMEPAGE

HOW WE GOT HERE

Men

  • The men's team enters championship weekend having finished fourth or higher as a team in four of its five previous races in 2019.
  • Junior Mason Kimbell has been Salisbury's top runner this season, having been the Sea Gulls to cross the finish line first in four different races. Kimbell's top performance came at the Hornet Harrier Invitational back on Sept. 28 when he placed sixth overall out of 199 participants in the 6k event with a time of 19:32.5.
  • Sophomore Ethan Gray is another runner who could make a strong push on Saturday. Gray was the top runner for Salisbury at the Hood College Open back on October 19 when he finished third overall out of 146 participants in the 8k event with a time of 26:25.2 Gray has also finished among the top five Sea Gulls in every event this season.
  • Freshman Zachary Deming has also made an impact in his first season at Salisbury, finishing among the top five Sea Gulls in all five races as well. Deming's best performance came at the Don Cathcart Invitational back on October 5 when he finished 23rd overall out of 159 participants in the 8k event with a time of 26:34.3. The freshman was named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III South Region Rookie of the Month for the month of September.

Women

  • The women's team enters championship weekend having finished no lower than fifth as a team in 2019, including a first-place finish at the Hornet Harrier Invitational.
  • Sophomore Heather Delaplaine has set the pace for the team all season, finishing as the top Sea Gull in each of the previous four races. Delaplaine finished second overall at the Hornet Harrier 5k event out of 146 participants with a time of 19:15.9, then did it again the following week at the Don Cathcart Invitational when she placed second out of 154 runners with a time of 25:58.4. The sophomore has been named CAC Runner of the Week three times in 2019
  • Senior Ashley Mazer has also had a strong 2019 season, finishing among the top-three Salisbury runners in three separate events. Mazer's top performance came in Don Cathcart Invitational when she placed 13th overall with a time of 22:39.8.
  • Junior Sydney Ruckel has also shown herself to be one of the top Sea Gull runners this season, finishing among the top-five in every event. Ruckel's best performance also came at the Don Cathcart Invitational when she placed 11th overall with a time of 22:27.9

PAST PERFORMANCES

  • The men's team finished fifth overall at last year's CAC championship hosted by Southern Virginia University, while the women's team came in fourth overall. This year's host York College (Pa.) will look to defend the championships that both its men's and women's teams won in 2018.
  • The Salisbury cross country program has combined to win 18 CAC championships, including 10 men's titles and eight women's titles.
  • The men's most recent title came in 2014, while the women have not won since 2011.
  • The Salisbury programs have swept the championship three separate times – in 2006, 2008, and 2010.

UP NEXT

  • The teams will participate in the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championships hosted by Lehigh University on Saturday, November 16 beginning at 11 a.m.

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