SALISBURY, Md. – Propelled by three top-five finishers, the Salisbury University women's cross country team won the Don Cathcart Invitational on Saturday afternoon at WinterPlace Park, while the men's cross country team finished second on the day.
The women's team ran away with first place with 32 points, almost half the total of second-place Stevenson. Mansfield (63), Division I Delaware State (116) and Hood (165) finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively. The men earned 42 points, finishing behind Hagerstown Community College (28), with Wilmington (107), Delaware State (131) and Stevenson (137) rounding out the top five.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Hayley Long continued her sterling freshman season with a second-place finish in 23:10.40. Heather Delaplaine finished one second behind Long in third place with a time of 23:11.40.
- Alyssa Santoro became the third top-five finisher for the Sea Gulls, crossing in fifth place in 23:22.20.
- Sydney Ruckel finished 11th in 23:54.10, and Allyson Wagner took 13th in 24:06.20 to make five Sea Gulls in the top 15.
- Erin Connelly earned a top-25 finish, taking 25th with a time of 25:19.70.
- Abigale Simmons (25:45.50), Maddie Rathman (25:58.80) and Kate Yokay (26:07.70) finished 31st, 35th and 37th, respectively.
- Jason Cave became the top Sea Gull finisher for the third time in three races, crossing the line in fourth place with a time of 25:55.60.
- Sam Bodmer finished sixth in 26:42.20, while Austin Foote (26:49.00) took eighth and Matt Grossi (26:57.10) 10th to give SU four finishers inside the top 10.
- Ryan Temple earned a 15th-place finish with a time of 27:31.70, while Ethan Gray (27:54.90) and Christian Ciattei (27:56.30) cracked the top 20 in 18th and 19th, respectively.
- Sebastian Quinn (28:27.50) and Charlie Koeneke (28:27.50) finished tied for 23rd.
- Brian Hufford (27th, 28:37.20), Dominick Lepke (28th, 28:40.40) and Vincent Bonsby (29th, 28:41.00) all finished consecutively inside the top 30.
- The Sea Gulls will head to the Rowan Regional Rumble on Saturday, Oct. 16, for their final tune-up before the Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference (C2C) Championships at the end of the month.
- First race from Gloucester County Dream Park in Logan Township, N.J., is set for 10 a.m.