CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's and women's cross country teams competed in the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championship on Saturday morning at DeSales University. The women's team finished 17th overall while the men's team captured a top 10 finish placing seventh.
The women's team 17th place was four sports better than the 2015 finish of 21st. Alison Schwartz led the way for the women's team and was the only Sea Gull to post a top 50 finish. Schwartz placed 49th finishing the 6k race in a time of 23:22 averaging a 6:16 mile pace. Her time was a four second improvement from the last time she ran the course back on October 8 at the DeSales Invitational.
Freshmen Abby Potter, running in her first NCAA Mideast Regional race, was the only other Salisbury women's runner to finish in the top 100. Potter crossed the finish line in a time of 24:16 to place 98th overall. Meanwhile, sophomore runner Fiona Halloran was the third Sea Gull to cross the finish line in a time of 24:28 to place 111th overall. Halloran averaged a mile time of 6:33 for the race.
Carly Sniffen and Kate Nichols rounded out the Salisbury competitors finishing in times of 25:06 and 25:40 respectively. Sniffen's time was good enough for 159th while Nichols, who running in her first ever NCAA Mideast Regional as a freshman, rounded out the Salisbury runners placing 194th.
The men's team finished seventh out of 52 total teams also improving on their 11th place finish from 2015. All seven Sea Gull runners placed in the top 100 including two in the top 50.
Malcolm Milton led the men's team with a 35th place finish posting a time of 25:58 and an average mile time of 5:14. Milton improved his time by 27 seconds from the last time he competed at DeSales back on October 8.
Freshman Branson Oduor came in just six seconds behind his teammate finishing the 8k race in a time of 26:04 and placing 39th overall. Oduor also ran the course better the second time around improving on previous time by 29 seconds.
Senior Connor Hesselbirg competed in his final NCAA Mideast Regional and turned in a solid run finishing 57th overall. Hesselbirg completed the daunting 8k course in a time of 26:30 while averaging a mile time of 5:20.
Conner Masteran and Billy Kirk finished a mere two seconds apart to place 75th and 77th respectively. Masteran crossed the finish line in a time of 26:38 while Kirk came in with a time of 26:40. Both runners recorded an average mile time of 5:22.
Freshman Michael Weber and sophomore Dan Stretz rounded out the Salisbury runners and the top 100 finishers placing 80th and 100th respectively. Weber completed the 8k race with a time of 26:44 averaging a mile pace of 5:26. Stretz rounded out the Salisbury finishers coming in at a time of 26:55.
Congratulations to the Salisbury University Cross Country programs on a great NCAA Mideast Regional Championship.