Cross country teams host CAC championships; men take third, women sixth

Cross country teams host CAC championships; men take third, women sixth

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's cross country teams played host to the Capital Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships at Winter Place Park on Saturday, the fifth time the Gulls have hosted the event, and came away with a third-place finish on the men's side, while the women took sixth.


Salisbury ran a strong team race, with the Gulls running in a pack throughout much of the race. Salisbury finished with its five scoring runners in the top 22 position to claim a third-place finish, with senior Nathan Austin leading a group of Gulls across the line. Austin placed 14th, with a time of 26:28.9, with sophomore Thomas Burke and junior Jeremy Skarda close behind.

Burke finished 15th, coming home in 26:31.3, and Skarda was one position behind, in 26:31.9.

The trio led Salisbury to 85 points as York College of Pennsylvania claimed the men's team title, with 33 points, while Christopher Newport University finished second (50 points). Salisbury finished tied for third with the University of Mary Washington, which also had 85 points.

York's Tim Hartung took the individual crown, pulling away from the field in the fourth mile, to finish with a time of 25:33.1, nearly 20 seconds clear of second place.

A pair of sophomores rounded out the Salisbury scorers, with George Martinez, who finished in 26:45.0 for 19th place and Branden Vanderhoof, who placed 22nd with a time of 26:55.3, taking the final two scoring spots.

Sophomore Eric Wood came across the finish line in 27:00.3, in 25th place, and Brandon Horning came home in 27:07.9, in 28th, to finish up the Sea Gulls' top seven runners.


Salisbury placed sixth in the women's race, with a pack of runners finishing in the middle of the field. Junior Olivia Cloud led the way for the Gulls, placing 22nd, with a time of 23:52.2. The Topping, Va., native was Salisbury's third runner through the second mile of the race and moved to the front of the SU field in the next mile, moving up to 26th overall with less than a mile remaining.

Cloud's finish helped Salisbury to 154 points, as Christopher Newport took the CAC title, with 31 points, followed by York (41 points) and Mary Washington (74). York's Caroline Delany was the individual champion, finishing with a time of 22:27.3.

Freshman Anna Van Zeijts was consistently near the front of Salisbury's group of runners, with Cloud. Van Zeijts placed 34th, with a time of 24:31.2, while sophomore Laura Hartman came up to Salisbury's third position, with a time of 24:43.6, placing 38th overall.

Senior Michele Stromberg earned a 44th-place finish, in a time of 25:00.0, followed one place behind by junior Kira Polimeni with a time of 25:06.7, finishing Salisbury's scoring.

Sophomore Sam Lucas (25:22.9) finished in 48th, while classmate Devon Miller (25:41.8) placed 52nd to round out Salisbury's top seven runners.

The Sea Gulls will be off next week before hitting the course for the 2013 NCAA Mideast Regional in Bethlehem, Pa on Saturday, Nov. 16. The event is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.


Final Team Results


1. Christopher Newport University (31 pts)
2. York College of Pennsylvania (41)
3. University of Mary Washington (74)
4. Marymount University (131)
5. St. Mary's College of Maryland (146)
6. Salisbury University (154)
7. Wesley College (211)
8. Frostburg State University (212)
9. Penn State Harrisburg (274)


1. York College of Pennsylvania (33 points)
2. Christopher Newport (50)
T3. Salisbury University (85)
T3. University of Mary Washington (85)
5. Frostburg State University (153)
6. St. Mary's College of Maryland (170)
7. Marymount University (216)
8. Penn State Harrisburg (236)
9. Wesley College (246)

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