NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University track & field teams headed south on Saturday to compete in the New Captains Classic, hosted by Christopher Newport University, and came home with a handful of personal records and two top marks in the history of the women's program.
Freshman Kara Tolson got her name on two school records on Saturday, setting the top individual mark in the women's 200-meter dash with a time of 25.70 seconds, she placed fourth. She also teamed with sophomore Courtney Donnelly, junior Becca Stinner and sophomore Claire Lawrence to win the 4x400-meter relay, with a time of 4:01.04. That time sets a new program record, which had stood since 2007, by more than a second.
Stinner picked up another win, this time in the 1,500-meter run, with a time of 4:54.56, she was followed by sophomore Anna Steinman, who came in second with a personal-record time of 5:00.80. The men saw a pair of top finishers in the 1,500-meter run with senior Chris Barnard winning the race with yet another personal record, crossing the finish line in a time of 4:05.16. Another personal record yielded a third-place finish in the same race by junior John Fitzgerald (4:07.60).
Senior Matt Miller rounded out the personal records on the track, finishing third in the men's 800-meter run, with a time of 1:57.51.
Juniors Rachel Holtzman and Jay Drenner each put up personal records in the women's and men's hammer throw, respectively. Holtzman won her event with a distance of 135' 4", while Drenner's top distance of 149' 9" was good for second. The performance was part of a big day for Drenner, who won the shot put with a top mark of 44' 9.5" and placed second in the discus (131' 6").
Sophomores Chelsea Tavik and Matt McMurdo rounded out Salisbury's top-three finishes in the field. Tavik collected another win in the shot put, with a top heave of 42' 6.25" while McMurdo placed second in the javelin with a top distance of 184' 0".
The Sea Gulls will have one more chance to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships as they will travel to the SWAT Last Chance Meet next Saturday, May 14, in Swarthmore, Pa.