SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's cross country teams hosted the annual Don Cathcart Invitational at Winter Place Park on Saturday morning. Both teams turned in solid performances as the men's team captured a first-place finish while the women finished second.
The women's team was paced by senior Alison Schwartz, who led the Gulls with a sixth-place finish crossing the finish line in a time of 22:21.08.
Teammates Christine Sturm and Liana Foianini rounded the Salisbury top-10 finishers placing seventh and ninth respectively. Sturm finished just five seconds behind Schwartz coming home in a time of 22:26.75 while Foianini completed the race in 22:31.27.
A trio of Gulls rounded out the maroon and gold's top-20 finishers as Carly Sniffen finished 12th overall while Abigail Potter and Ashley Mazer placed 15th and 16th respectively. Sniffen completed the race in a time of 22:47.76 while Potter and Mazer crossed the finish line in times of 23:09.17 and 23:12.23.
Fiona Halloran rounded out the Sea Gulls top-25 finishers placing 25th overall. Halloran came home in a time of 23:46.32 to beat out the 26th-place finisher by six seconds.
Freshman David Strickland led the Salisbury men's team with a first-place finish edging out Bridgewater's Robert Hiegel by one second to earn the victory. Strickland came home in a time 25:23.27 for the first win of his collegiate career.
A flock of Sea Gulls rounded out Salisbury's top-10 finishers all completing the race just seconds apart from each other. Sophomore Branson Oduor garnered his third top-10 finish in as many races this season placing third overall after coming home in a time of 25:33.23.
Ryan Eville battled down the stretch to edge out fellow Capital Athletic Conference opponent Christopher Newport runner Jarrell Hibler by one second to place 31st overall. Eville crossed the finish line in a time of 26:27.06.
Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, October 14 when it travels to Rowan University for the Inter-Regional Border Battle. The race is slated to start at 10 a.m.