Horning, Lane lead Sea Gulls; men take second, women fourth at Delaware Invitational

Horning, Lane lead Sea Gulls; men take second, women fourth at Delaware Invitational

NEWARK, Del. – The Salisbury University men's and women's cross country teams were on the road on Saturday, competing in the University of Delaware Cross Country Invitational, as the men's team placed second out of 10 NCAA Division II & III teams, and the women's team placed fourth out of 11 teams.


The men's team, which finished with 46 points, raced first and had three runners place in the top 10. The Sea Gulls were paced by senior Brandon Horning and junior Thomas Burke, who finished fifth and sixth with times of 27:24.03 and 27:27.23, respectively.

Senior George Martinez followed just seven seconds behind Burke in eighth (27:34.36) to also finish in the first 10 runners.

Salisbury's first five runners finished in a grouping of only eight places, as senior Jeremy Skarda and junior Eric Wood placed 13th and 14th, respectively, to round out SU's first five finishers. Skarda clocked at time of 27:52.66, as Wood came in just behind at 27:55.93.

The top-seven runners for the Gulls were rounded out by sophomores Connor Hesselbirg and Matt Hoerr. Hesselbirg finished 22nd in a time of 28:31.64, while Hoerr took 24th with a time of 28:43.57.

Rowan University took first in the event with 38 points, as the Sea Gulls were right on the Profs' heels just eight points behind.


The women's race followed, with the Sea Gulls taking 103 points, as freshman Jessica Lane led the team with an eighth-place finish (25:32.10).

Senior Olivia Cloud also finished in the top-20 runners, taking 12th in 25:49.35.

Freshmen Emily Plunkett and Taylor Nantz continued Salisbury's strong showing, finishing 21st and 27th, respectively, in times of 26:31.00 and 26:50.45.

SU's top-seven runners were rounded out with a group of three Sea Gulls crossing the finish line just eight-seconds apart.

Junior Fatima Resendiz-Zavala finished out the Gulls' first-five runners in 38th with a time of 27:41.17, while another freshman duo of Maura Souders (27:48.93) and Alison Schwartz (27:49.89) followed in 39th and 40th, respectively.  

The women's race was won by Rowan, as well, as the Profs totaled 35 points, while the University of Sciences and Saint Vincent (Pa.) College finished in 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Salisbury returns to Winter Place Park for its next race, as the Gulls will host the Don Cathcart Invitational on Saturday, September 27, with the first race beginning at 9:45 a.m.

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