YORK, Pa. – In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Capital Athletic Conference, the fifth Silver Anniversary team to be announced by the league is for men's cross country, and Salisbury University had 11 student-athletes named to the team on Tuesday.
The Sea Gulls joined the CAC in the 1994-95 athletic season, and Salisbury has enjoyed nine conference titles, including a run of four straight from 2005-2008. The team has had 50 runners honored on the All-CAC first team, while 46 runners have been named to the second team. Five SU athletes have also been named the CAC Runner of the Year, and five have been awarded CAC Rookie of the Year.
Jeff Hankins, donning the maroon and gold from 93-94, was the first honoree from Salisbury University to compete in CAC action. The SU men's cross country team began conference competition in the 1993 season, in which, Hankins was named CAC Runner of Year. He was also named a first-team All-CAC member during both seasons with the Sea Gulls.
Max Snavlin ran for Salisbury from 1996-1998 and 2000, earning spots on the all-conference teams every year. He landed on the All-CAC first team in 1996 and 1998, while receiving second-team nods in 1997 and 2000.
Spending 1997-2000 with the Sea Gulls, Larry O'Hara was a four-time All-CAC first-team honoree. O'Hara was one-of-four Sea Gulls to be named to the all-conference first-team in all four seasons with the program.
Jeremy Beall, running as a Sea Gull from 1999-2001, was named the CAC Rookie of the Year in his first season, while also being named to the All-CAC second team. He earned conference first-team honors in his final two seasons.
Tristen Gilbert was the second Salisbury runner to be named conference player of the year, earning the award in 2003; he raced for the Gulls from 2002-04. Gilbert was named to the All-CAC first team in his last two seasons.
Wearing the maroon and gold from 2002-04 and 2006, Will Murdoch was named the CAC Rookie of the Year in his first season with the team. He was also Salisbury's second runner to earn four All-CAC first-team nods during his years with the program.
Scott Koehler was named to the All-CAC first team in both seasons with the team from 2004-05. Koehler was also named the CAC Runner of the Year for his senior season in 2005.
Eric Graves, donning Salisbury colors from 2004-07, earned his spot on the All-CAC first team for his final three seasons and received a spot on second team his freshman year. Graves was also named the CAC Runner of the Year his senior year in '07.
Salisbury's third four-time All-CAC first-team runner, David "Buck" Stokes competed with the Sea Gulls from 2004-07, earning the first-team nods in each season with the team.
Former Sea Gull Zack Dickerson ran for SU from 2005-08 and was placed on All-CAC first team from 2007-2008. He received a second-team nod in 2005.
One of the top runners in SU history, Chris Barnard ran for Salisbury from 2007-2010 and was the only Sea Gull to be named the CAC Rookie of the Year (2007) and the CAC Runner of the Year (2010). Barnard was also the fourth SU runner to earn All-CAC first-team recognition all four years with the squad.
To view the entire men's cross country Silver Anniversary team, click here.
About the CAC Silver Anniversary Teams
The CAC Silver Anniversary Teams will be announced early in the regular-season for each respective sport. Each Silver Anniversary Team honoree will receive a commemorative gift from the conference, and many will be recognized by their institution/alma mater at some time during the academic year.
The University of Mary Washington, a charter member of the CAC, led the conference with 153 current and former student-athletes on the Silver Anniversary Teams, including 40 in men's and women's tennis combined. Salisbury University, which joined the CAC in the 1994-95 athletic season, was second with 121 Silver Anniversary Team honorees. CAC charter members York College of Pa. (59) and St. Mary's College of Md. (35) were next in line for most Silver Anniversary Team honorees.
The CAC was organized as a six-team affiliation in 1989 and began championship competition with the winter sports during the 1990-91 season. Membership changes in the last decade ultimately created a 10-team conference that has become one of the strongest in NCAA Division III.
CAC teams have won 18 national team championships, and dozens of other teams have finished in among the top four in NCAA Division III competition.