SUNNYVALE, Calif. – The Salisbury University men's and women's cross country teams each snagged bronze medals at the inaugural Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference (C2C) Championships on Saturday morning at Baylands Regional Park, hosted by UC Santa Cruz.
The Sea Gull men finished with 88 points, besting fourth-place Mary Washington by a single tally. Hosts UC Santa Cruz won the men's race with 26 points, while Christopher Newport finished second with 40 points.
The women's race featured the same top four teams, with third-place Salisbury earning 61 and easily clearing fourth-place Mary Washington (101). The Banana Slug women won with 28 points, and CNU's 43 points were good for a comfortable second.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Jason Cave claimed the individual bronze medal in the men's race, finishing third in a personal-best time of 25:08.00 to earn a First-Team All-C2C selection.
- Matt Grossi snagged a Second-Team All-C2C nod by finishing 14th in a time of 26:00.0.
- Sam Bodmer became the Sea Gulls' third-best finisher, crossing the line in 24th place in 26:38.0, a personal best.
- Austin Foote (27:02.4), Christian Ciattei (personal-best 27:27.2) and Sebastian Quinn (personal-best 27:37.7) crossed consecutively in 32nd, 33rd and 34th, respectively.
- Declan Burke took 36th in a personal-best time of 27:48.4, while Ethan Gray finished 39th in 28:21.7.
- Sydney Ruckel became a first-team all-conference honoree for the second time in her cross country career, finishing sixth in a time of 22:49.3 to take First-Team All-C2C laurels. Ruckel finished fifth at the 2019 Capital Athletic Conference (CAC, now C2C) Championships.
- Alyssa Santoro shattered her old personal best by more than 30 seconds, crossing the line in 22:51.7 to take eighth place and claim the final First-Team All-C2C slot.
- After finishing second at the 2019 CAC Championships, Heather Delaplaine notched another top-10 finish at a conference meet, taking 10th place in a season-best 23:00.8 to join the All-C2C Second Team.
- Hayley Long became Salisbury's fourth all-conference honoree with a 12th-place finish to make the All-C2C Second Team, capping her race in 23:09.9.
- Kate Yokay finished 34th with a personal-best time of 25:05.6, while Abby Simmons (season-best 25:45.7) and Erin Connelly (26:25.2) took 37th and 40th, respectively.
- The Sea Gull men and women return to action in two weeks at the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships on Saturday, Nov. 13.
- The regional race – hosted by Dickinson College in Newville, Pa., will begin at 11 a.m.
Salisbury University is a proud member of NCAA Division III with primary membership in the Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference, along with the New Jersey Athletic Conference for football and the Metropolitan Swimming and Diving Conference for men's and women's swimming. With over 500 student-athletes in 21 varsity sports, SU is recognized as one of the most competitive intercollegiate athletics programs regardless of division, and dedicated coaches and staff that foster excellence on-and-off the field. The Sea Gulls have celebrated 22 team national championships, 24 individual national champions, 184 conference championships and 41 Academic All-Americans.
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