Burke leads Sea Gulls in Mideast regionals; men finish 10th, women 24th

Burke leads Sea Gulls in Mideast regionals; men finish 10th, women 24th

CARLISLE, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's and women's cross country teams took part in the NCAA Division III Mideast regionals Saturday morning, as the men's team placed 10th out of 47 schools with 327 points, while the women came in 24th, finishing in the top half of participating teams with 766 points.


Both teams ran strong on the day, as senior Thomas Burke paced the men's team; Burke cracked the top-30 runners, finishing the event in 25:51.2 for 29th place.

Senior Brandon Horning followed in 57th with a time of 26:18.5, before junior Eric Wood and senior George Martinez placed 77th and 78th, respectively, just one-tenth of a second apart. Wood ran the course in 26:50, finishing just before Martinez's 26:50.1.

Salisbury's scoring was rounded out by freshman Ben Meister's 87th-place finish in 26:55, and its top-seven runners were completed by senior Jeremy Skarda (27:11) and freshman Thomas McIntyre (27:31.2) in 107th and 130th, respectively.


Freshman Jessica Lane continued her strong first season in maroon and gold, leading the SU women in the regionals, taking 122nd in a time of 24:39.9. Senior Olivia Cloud followed just eight seconds behind in 24:47.4 for 135th.

The SU top five was finished out by freshmen Taylor Nantz and Emily Plunkett and junior Laura Hartman. Nantz placed 167th with a time of 25:18.2, while Plunkett (25:28.7) and Hartman (25:31.6) finished just two spots apart in 176th and 178th.

Freshman Alison Schwartz finished sixth for Salisbury, coming in 185th overall, running the course in 25:37.1, and classmate Taylor Streib rounded out SU's top seven in 27:43.2 for 292nd.

The Sea Gulls now look to the NCAA, which will be announcing the qualifiers for the Division III national championships on Sunday; the national title races are set for Saturday, November 22 at 11 a.m.


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