Salisbury, Md. – First-year Halcyon Ruskin (Kensington, Md./Albert Einstein) made quite the debut for the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's cross country team Saturday morning as Ruskin led St. Mary's in its season-opener at the 19th Annual Salisbury University Fall Classic.
Ruskin finished the 6K course with a time of 24:45.37 to finish 13th out of 80 competitors while the Seahawks came in seventh in the nine-team field. St. Mary's average course completion time was 26:05.92.
The nine-team field featured three Capital Athletic Conference foes, Marymount (Va.) University, Salisbury, and Southern Virginia University, as well as Division II Pfeiffer University. Marymount took the top team honor as the Saints had three runners finish in the top 10 while Shenandoah University's junior Shelby Shrader won the race in 23:29.58.
Following Ruskin across the finish line was senior Megan Gerdes (Gaithersburg, Md./Poolesville). Gerdes placed 26th in the competitive field with a time of 25:51.07. Sophomore Lydia Marzot (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) was third to cross the line for the Seahawks as Marzot finished in 26:01.63 for 28th (27th in scoring).
First-year Marisa McCormick (Prince Frederick, Md./Calvert) and sophomore Grace Humphries (Lutherville, Md./Mercy) rounded out the team scoring for St. Mary's. McCormick notched a 40th-place finish (36th in scoring) in her collegiate debut with a time of 26:50.94 while Humphries tallied a time of 27:00.59 to come in 43rd (39th in scoring).
The Seahawks return to action next Saturday, September 12 at the 6th Annual Coach Achtzehn Classic hosted by York College of Pennsylvania at John Rudy County Park. The race begins at 9:45 a.m.
Team Standings: 1. Marymount, 2. Salisbury, 3. Pfeiffer, 4. Southern Virginia, 5. Shenandoah, 6. Emory & Henry, 7. St. Mary's, 8. Anne Arundel CC, 9. Gallaudet
Seahawk Finishers (80 runners): 13. Halcyon Ruskin; 26. Megan Gerdes; 28. Lydia Marzot; 40. Marisa McCormick; 43. Grace Humphries; 57. Tara Vizzi, 29:23.57; 63. Kori Taber, 29:59.02; 65. Lilly Gaehde, 30:10.93; 67. Alyssa Leventer, 30:17.57.
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