Cross country prepared to welcome CAC teams for championships on Saturday

Cross country prepared to welcome CAC teams for championships on Saturday

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's cross country teams host the Capital Athletic Conference cross country championships on Saturday at Winter Place Park in Salisbury. The women's race begins the day at 11 a.m., followed by the men's race at noon.

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What will it be like?

While Friday is a dreary day in the Salisbury area, Saturday's weather is expected to clear up, with temperatures predicted to be in the mid-60s when each race begins, with light winds and partial cloudiness.

CAC championship history

Salisbury University has claimed a combined 17 CAC men's and women's championships. Most recently, the Sea Gulls earned the women's championship in 2011, at York College of Pennsylvania. The men's most recent title came in 2010, the last time Salisbury hosted the event.

Home-course advantage

The CAC championships have been held at Winter Place Park four times previously, with the Sea Gulls taking advantage of their knowledge of the course. The SU men have claimed the title each of the four times they have hosted (2000, '03, '06 and '10). The women have won twice (2006 and 2010) and placed second on two occasions (2000 and 2003) when on their home course.

Last year at the championships

In 2012, the men's and women's teams each placed third at the CAC championships in Frostburg, Md. Hailey Spinapont was Salisbury's top finisher in either race, as the then-sophomore placed second in the women's race, in a time of 24:01.74. Spinapont will not run on Saturday, due to injury. The women had four runners in the top 20, for 70 points, finishing behind the University of Mary Washington (29 points) and York (35). The men saw a pair of top-10 finishers and four in the top 20 to score 66 points, behind York (32 points) and Mary Washington (46).

Leading the way

Salisbury has seen a pace setter on both the men's and women's side in 2013. Sophomore Thomas Burke has led the men in their last four races, finishing in the top 10 twice, his highest finished of the year being seventh at the Elizabethtown Blue Jay Challenge on Sept. 14. Junior Kira Polimeni has been the women's team's top runner in three of their four meets this year, including an eighth-place finish at Elizabethtown.

Runners to watch from around the CAC

York's Tim Hartung has been one of the Capital Athletic Conference's top runners this season, claiming the CAC Athlete of the Week award four times in 2013. On the women's side, Marymount's Melissa Teeple has claimed the CAC Athlete of the Week moniker three times.

What's next?

The next event on Salisbury's schedule is the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships. That event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Bethlehem, Pa.


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