Salisbury hosts Don Cathcart, men place fourth, women 11th

Salisbury hosts Don Cathcart, men place fourth, women 11th

SALISBURY, Md. - The Salisbury University cross country teams took part in their final home meets of the season, hosting the Don Cathcart Invitational, an event that saw 21 schools competing at Winter Place Park, as the women placed 11th (312 points) and the men followed with a 4th-place finish (121 points).


The women's team was paced by senior Olivia Cloud and freshman Jessica Lane, who stayed together through much of the first mile; they were followed closely by the freshman duo of Taylor Nantz and Emily Plunkett.

The quartet remained steady through the whole race, as Cloud led the Sea Gulls with a finish of 49th (24:01.7).

Following behind, Lane (24:40.4), Nantz (24:55.1), and Plunkett (25:05) finished in a close group in 75th, 84th, and 87th, respectively.

Freshman Maura Souders rounded out the Salisbury scorers, as the fifth Sea Gull to cross the finish in 108th with a time of 26:11.8.

The women's top-seven runners were completed by freshman Alison Schwartz (26:34.5) and freshman Taylor Streib (27:25.2) in 112th and 127th, respectively. 


The Salisbury men continued their strong season, running as a team, with the top-five finishers remaining together for the majority of the event. 

Senior George Martinez, junior Eric Wood, and junior Thomas Burke all took turns leading the SU flock though the track, while seniors Brandon Horning and Jeremy Skarda ran strong in the first-five Sea Gulls, keeping the group together through the event.

Martinez led the Gulls through the final mile and the finish, placing 15th with a time of 25:55.9; he was followed close behind by Burke's 19th-place finish in 26:00.8.

Horning (22nd) came in just three spots behind Burke with a time of 26:08.8, while Wood (26:22.8) and Skarda (26:31.3) rounded out the first-five SU runners in 29th and 36th, respectively.

Sophomores, Connor Hesselbirg and Matt Hoerr, finished out the SU scorers, just two spots apart; Hesselbirg placed 60th in 27:15.9, while Hoerr came in just behind at 62nd in 27:16.6. The duo ran together for much of the race, following just behind the leading group.

Salisbury will be in action again at Lehigh University in the Lehigh Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; the first race is set to start at 10 a.m.

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