Salisbury men tie for third, while women place 21st in Gettysburg Invitational

Salisbury men tie for third, while women place 21st in Gettysburg Invitational

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's and women's cross country teams got their final tune up before the Capital Athletic Conference championships on Saturday morning at the Gettysburg College Invitational, with the men placing third and the women coming in 21st.


The SU men's team, which earned 142 points in the event, tying for the third spot with Messiah College, was paced by junior Thomas Burke, who finished in 14th with a time of 26:21.8. Burke has led the Sea Gull men in three events this season, marking the most on the team.

Seniors George Martinez and Brandon Horning followed just over a second apart in 21st and 22nd, running the track in 26:33.1 and 26:34.3, respectively.

The SU scoring was rounded out by junior Eric Wood (27:13.9) and freshman Ben Meister (27:34.3) in 39th and 58th.

Coming in one-and-a-half seconds later, senior Jeremy Skarda placed 60th in 27:35.8, while sophomore Connor Hesselbirg completed Salisbury's top seven in 62nd with a time of 27:40.2.


The women's team garnered 567 points in the event, while being led by senior Olivia Cloud's 81st-place finish in 25:19.9.

Freshman Emily Plunkett crossed the finish line second out of the Sea Gulls, running in 26:08.9 for 130th, while classmate Taylor Nantz followed in 152nd with a time of 26:33.6.

Freshmen Alison Schwartz (26:58.9) and Taylor Streib (27:03.9) finished out the Gulls' scoring five spots apart in 175th and 180th, respectively.

The top-seven runners were rounded out by freshman Jessica Lane (27:12.6) in 189th and classmate Shelby Doner (27:14.4) in 192nd.

The Sea Gulls now prepare for the conference championships in Fredericksburg, Virginia on Saturday, November 1, which are set to start at 11 a.m.

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