Sea Gull women claim 2011 CAC championship, men place third

Sea Gull women claim 2011 CAC championship, men place third

YORK, Pa. – The snow was not able to slow the Salisbury University women's cross country team as the Sea Gulls traveled to York (Pa.) College and picked up the program's eighth Capital Athletic Conference championship on Saturday. The men's team had a strong showing, with three runners finishing in the top 13, and the Gulls finished in third as a team.

The women opened the day earning their fourth CAC title in a row, allowing seniors Emily Powell, Anna Steinman and Becca Stinner to take the championship in each of their four years. The trio becomes the first women's senior class to accomplish the feat.

Stinner led the way for the Gulls as the team's top individual finisher, taking third place with a time of 26:01. Her performance helped Salisbury to 48 points as the University of Mary Washington took second place with 57 points.

 Three Gulls placed in the top six positions with freshman Hailey Spinapont as Salisbury's second finisher, taking fifth with a time of 26:28 and Steinman came home in 26:47 to place sixth.

Powell took 16th place with a time of 27:22 while sophomore Emma Bahneman and freshman Jade Lebrock finished nearly side-by-side, taking 18th and 19th, respectively. Bahneman crossed the finish line with a time of 27:28, one second ahead of Lebrock.

The Salisbury scoring was rounded out by freshman Madison Ross who took 28th place with a time of 27:55.

With the championship, Salisbury Head Coach Jim Jones was named the CAC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year for the third-consecutive year and fifth time overall.

A trio of York (Pa.) College runners led the men's competitors across the finish line as the Spartans claimed the championship with 24 points. Mary Washington (46 points) took second place while the Sea Gulls saw two top-10 runners lead to 66 points and a third-place finish.

Senior John Fitzgerald led the way for the Gulls, placing fourth with a time of 29:02 while sophomore Ryan Jackson finished in seventh place crossing the finish line in 29:19.

Senior David Toller took 13th for the Gulls, his highest individual finish this season, with a time of 30:05 and freshman Alex Arias was 19th overall, finishing in a time of 30:24.

The Sea Gull scoring was rounded out by sophomore Matt Hallenbeck (30:35) in 24th place, junior Tyler Miluski (30:54) in 30th place and sophomore Tim Skarda (31:01) in 32nd place.

The teams will look to build off their run in two weeks when they get back on the course for the NCAA Mideast Regional meet in Center Valley, Pa., on Saturday, Nov. 12.

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