NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University men's and women's cross country program's traveled to Christopher Newport University to compete in the 2017 Capital Athletic Conference championships on Saturday. The women's team earned a second-place finish while the men finished third.
Senior Alison Schwartz led the Gulls earning a top-10 finish placing eighth overall. Schwartz crossed the finish line in a time of 23:32.4 to earn her second consecutive top-10 finish at the CAC championship placing 10th a season ago.
A flock of Salisbury runners came in behind Schwartz all within six seconds of each other. Carly Sniffen, Abigail Potter, and freshman Lianna Foianini, who was competing in her first CAC championship, placed 11th, 12th, and 13th respectively. Sniffen came home in a time of 23:56.9, while Potter crossed the finish line in 23:59.4, and Foianini posted a time of 24:02.8.
Ashley Mazer came in just outside the top-15 placing 16th overall completing the race in a time of 24:18.3. Junior Fiona Halloran finished just behind her teammate finishing in a time of 24:46.0 to take 18th and round out the maroon and gold's top-20 finishers.
Freshman Sydney Ruckel place 25th overall coming home in a time of 25:00.6.
York College of Pennsylvania captured the women's championship totaling 51 points while Salisbury posted 60 points. University of Mary Washington rounded out the top three finishers recording 65 points.
The men's team was led by sophomore Branson Oduor, who garnered his fourth top-10 finish of the season placing fourth overall. Oduor completed the 8k course in a time of 25:14.4.
Senior Malcolm Milton was the only other men's runner to earn a top-10 finish. Milton captured an eighth-place finish posting a time of 25:39.0.
Two different Sea Gulls earned top-30 finishes as Greg Bisant and Emmanuel Porquin placed 21st and 28th respectively. Bisant posted a time off of 26:40.1 while Porquin finished the race in a time of 26:49.0.
Connor Masteran and Michael Weber finished back-to-back crossing the finish line less than seven seconds apart. Masteran came home in a time of 27:16.6 to place 34th while Weber placed 35th completing the race in a time of 27:24.9.
Ryan Eville rounded out the Sea Gulls who posted top-50 finishes crossing the finish line in a time of 27:46.6 to place 44th overall.
Christopher Newport University captured the men's title for the third consecutive season while York College of Pennsylvania finished as the runner up for the third straight season. The Captains totaled 27 points while the Spartans finished the afternoon with 58.
Salisbury will now turn its attention to the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship at Dickinson College on Saturday, November 11. The meet is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.