NEWVILLE, Pa. – The Salisbury University cross country programs traveled to Big Spring High School to compete in the 2017 NCAA Division III Cross Country Mideast Regional Championship hosted by Dickinson College on Saturday morning. Both the men's and women's teams earned 11th place finishes at this years championships.
The men were paced by sophomore Branson Oduor who garnered a 56th place finish at the regionals. Oduor came home in a time of 26:34.4. Teammate and senior Malcolm Milton finished 74th completing the 10k course in a time of 26:51.6.
Michael Weber came in 13 second behind Bisant, as he crossed the finish line in a time of 27:25.0 to place 113th overall.
Junior Emmanuel Porquin and freshman Ryan Eville rounded out the finishers for the maroon and gold placing 160th and 197th. Porquin crossed the finish line in a time of 28:01.0 while Eville came home in a time of 28:31.8.
Haverford College captured the victory on the men's side earning 25 points with five runners finishing in the top-10.
The women were led by senior Alison Schwartz, who was competing in her last Mideast Regional. Schwartz finished 56th overall and completed the 6k course in a time of 23:47.3.
Junior Carly Sniffen came in just behind her teammate, Schwartz, placing 58th overall and posting a time of 23:49.4.
Liana Foianini and Ashley Mazer finished just seconds apart as Foianini, who was competing in her first ever Mideast Regional Championship, came home in a time of 24:17.3, while Mazer finished the race in 24:22.2. Foianini and Mazer placed 90th and 93rd respectively.
Abigail Potter posted a time of 24:39.6 to finish 114th overall, while freshman Sydney Ruckel and Shea McCloskey rounded out the runners for the maroon and gold. Ruckel finished 156th, coming home in 25:20.4 while McCloskey placed 179th crossing the finish line in a time of 25:47.4.
The 11th place finish is six spots better than the women's teams 17th place finish in 2016. Johns Hopkins University captured the victory on the women's side earning 32 points as four of the five top runners for the Blue jays finished in the top-six.