JEFFERSON PARK, Md. – The Wesley College men's and women's cross country teams each raced at the Seahawk Invitational on Saturday, hosted by Capital Athletic Conference foe St. Mary's College. Both races featured several teams from the CAC, with the Wolverines exceeding some preseason expectations.
The Wesley women placed sixth out of 11 teams competing, while the men took eighth in a nine team field.
Dieunise Desir finished 15th overall, crossing as the first Wolverine to finish with a time of 25:38. Danae Carter took 29th overall with a time of 26:45. Diandra Rhoden (27:24) and Chiquita Deline finished just nine seconds apart, for 38th and 40th, respectively. Jontae Hankins rounded out the Wolverine top five with a 44th place finish in 28:21.
Wesley placed sixth in the event with a total of 166 points, finishing just behind host St. Mary's College (162). The Wolverines finished ahead of CAC foes York (Pa.), Frostburg State, and PSU-Harrisburg. Mary Washington won the event, placing five runners within the top six finishers.
On the men's side, Will Taylor crossed as the first Wolverine, taking 25th overall with a time of 28:52. Carlton Sheppard and Jamier Bailey finished just seconds apart, crossing at 29:07 and 29:09 for 29th and 30th, respectively. Justin Blank and Hugo Toricelli finished out the Wolverines' top five runners.
Wesley earned a total of 194 points, finishing just 10 points behind CAC rival Marymount (Va.). The Wolverines finished ahead of CAC foe PSU-Harrisburg. Salisbury earned the team victory, placing five men's runners within the top seven finishers.
Wesley will compete again on October 3rd when they travel to Salisbury, Md. to race in the Seagull Invitational.