TOWSON, Md. – The Salisbury University track & field teams hit the road for the Goucher College Invitational on Saturday and came home with eight event victories while the men claimed the team crown and the women placed second.
The men's squad posted 138 points for its win to edge Ursinus College (111 points) and seven other teams, including three teams that the Sea Gulls will face in a few weeks at the Capital Athletic Conference championships.
The women's team scored 136 points, placing second to Ursinus (224.5), but was the top finisher among the four CAC squads at the event.
Junior Becca Stinner led the women with wins in two events. She claimed the 800-meter run with a time of 2:24.86 and teamed with freshmen Alex Greissinger and Kara Tolson along with sophomore Claire Lawrence to win the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:13.33.
Tolson earned a win in the 200-meter dash (26.32 seconds) and took second in the 400-meter dash (59.19 seconds) while senior Liz Tollett ran strong for 41:56.27 to win the 10,000-meter run. Salisbury's fifth win on the women's side came in the javelin throw as sophomore Chelsea Tavik's top distance of 119' 3.25" earned her the win. Tavik also placed third in the shot put, with a top distance of 40' 11.5".
Junior Holly Defnet contributed 24 points for the Gulls, placing second in three different field events. The Poolesville, Md., native placed second in the long jump (15' 10.75") triple jump (34' 1.75") and the hammer throw (106' 4.25").
Sophomore Anna Steinman also claimed a second-place finish, doing so in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 19:22.89, just ahead of junior Emily Powell (19:48.17). Steinman also took third in the 1,500-meter run (5:08.78).
The men's three wins all came in the longer events, as freshman Ryan Jackson won the 1,500-meter run (4:06.95), junior John Fitzgerald topped the field in the 5,000-meter run (15:50.85) and sophomore Tyler Miluski won the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Fitzgerald finished just ahead of senior Chris Barnard (16:01.46). It was one of a trio of Sea Gull second-place performances. Freshman Devin Moreno placed second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 59.72 seconds while junior David Toller (34:06.42) took second in the 10,000-meter run just ahead of senior Ryan Shifler (34:33.78).
Three other third-place finishers on the men's side were senior Matt Miller (2:00.17 in the 800-meter run), sophomore Corey Blain (6' 0" in the high jump) and sophomore William Lucas (12' 0" in the pole vault).
Competing unattached, current Salisbury assistant coach Brandon Fugett picked up wins in the shot put (54' 6.5") and the discus (146' 7.75").
The Sea Gulls will continue their preparations for the CAC Championships (April 16 at York, Pa.) next Saturday as they travel to the Penn Invitational.