SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's cross country teams travel to Pennsylvania for the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships this Saturday, Nov. 16, hosted by Muhlenberg College.
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Salisbury in the NCAA Mideast Regional
Salisbury has been represented at an NCAA Mideast Regional Championships every year since 1992 and has run in the Mideast Championships since 1999. The Sea Gull men have claimed a top finish of sixth place, at the 2007 regional in Allentown, Pa., and the women claimed a second-place finish in 1996, in Fredericksburg, Va.
Running for the Gulls
Salisbury will see the men's team as one of 58 in the field at the regional championships, paced by senior Nathan Austin, sophomore Thomas Burke and junior Jeremy Skarda. The trio came across the line at the Capital Athletic Conference championships in 14th, 15th, and 16th-places, respectively.The trio will be joined by sophomores George Martinez and Eric Wood, junior Brandon Horning, freshman Ryan Fenton and senior Joel Anderson.
There will be 59 women's programs represented at the regional as Salisbury will send its top runners from the CAC championship, which was led by junior Olivia Cloud, who finished in 22nd place. The Sea Gulls will also be represented by freshman Anna Van Zeijts, sophomore Laura Hartman and senior Michele Stromberg.
Last year at the championships
In 2012, Burke and Skarda each competed at the Mideast Regional, finishing one position and less than a second apart. Burke came across the line in 27:15.6 to take 78th, of 343 runners, while Skarda was 79th, in 27:16.0. The women were led by current junior Hailey Spinapont, who has missed all of this season due to injury. She placed 40th in a field of 346, with a time of 23:40.5.
The Sea Gulls will be trying to reach the pinnacle of Division III cross country. If they qualify, the national championship meet will be next Saturday, Nov. 23, at Hanover, Ind.