SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's cross country teams kicked off the 2017 season on Saturday morning, hosting the Salisbury University Fall Classic, beginning with a strong start to the year as each team placed second.
The women opened the day by scoring 31 points, just four points shy of Division II Kutztown University, the meet winner. Salisbury was able to place four runners in the top eight of the field, paced by sophomore Christine Sturm, who placed second with a time of 22:24.39, less than 30 seconds behind race winner Stephanie Bresadola from Kutztown.
Senior Alison Schwartz was running in fourth with less than a mile to go before putting together a late push to get past a Kutztown runner and place third with a time of 22:26.30.
Junior Carly Sniffen finished off Salisbury's scoring, placing 12th in 23:30.12.
The men saw the split between them and their meet's winner – the United States Naval Academy – even slimmer than on the women's side, falling by just one point, with Navy scoring 30 points to the Sea Gulls' 31.
After a mile freshman David Strickland and sophomore Branson Oduor pushed ahead to lead by at least 30 yards for much of the race, but the Midshipmen kept some energy for a late push as Quinn Schneider put together a kick in the final few hundred meters to overtake the Salisbury runners and take the victory in 25:39.33.
Strickland placed second in his first collegiate run, finishing in a time of 25:44.25. Oduor got five points for the Sea Gulls, finishing in 25:50.32 to place sixth.
Malcolm Milton accounted as the final scorer for Salisbury, finishing in 26:08.80, for 10 points.
The Sea Gulls return to action in two weeks traveling north for the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational on September 16. The race is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.