WEST CHESTER, Pa. – The Salisbury University track & field teams headed north for the West Chester University Collegiate Invitational on Friday and Saturday, and traveled home with five individual wins and numerous top-three finishes.
"This was a good final preparation for the Capital Athletic Conference championships next week," Salisbury University Head Coach Jim Jones said. "Hopefully, if we can continue to stay healthy and relax a little bit this week leading up to the conference championships we can be in good shape to defend our championships."
Junior Jay Drenner was Salisbury's top performer at West Chester, winning both the discus, with a top distance of 135' 7", and the hammer throw, covering 140' 3". The Eldersburg, Md., native also took second place in the shot put (44' 4.25"). Sophomore Matt McMurdo was the Sea Gulls' other winner on the men's side, taking the javelin competition with a top distance of 179' 1"; he also placed third in the shot put (43' 4.25").
The Sea Gulls collected two wins on the women's side, both in field competitions, as sophomore Chelsea Tavik took the shot put competition, with a top distance of 41' 6", and junior Rachel Holtzman claimed the hammer throw covering 126' 8". Tavik placed near the top in two other events, taking second in the discus (106' 0") and third in the hammer throw (117' 8").
Freshman Kara Tolson was able to finish in the top three in four events. The Bel Air, Md., native placed second in the high jump (4' 10.5") and as part of the 4x100-meter relay team (51.75 seconds) along with sophomore Courtney Donnelly and freshmen Alex Greissinger and Whitney Handy. Tolson also finished third in the 100-meter dash (13.07 seconds) and the 200-meter dash (26.30 seconds).
Handy earned a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.93 while freshman Sadie Mangold took second in the javelin (97' 9") and sophomore Claire Lawrence placed third in the 800-meter run (2:25.91).
The Sea Gulls will travel to York (Pa.) College next Saturday for the Capital Athletic Conference Championships. Salisbury won both events last year; the men will be going for their eighth consecutive championship.