NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University track & field teams kicked off their indoor season on Sunday at the Holiday Classic, hosted by Christopher Newport University.
Three school records fell on the women's side in the non-scored meet as Salisbury opened the season on a strong note.
Sophomore Kara Tolson, who earned at least a share of two indoor school records during her freshman campaign, picked up another on Sunday, running the 60-meter dash in a time of 8.18 seconds.
Freshman Michelle Clark made the most of her first collegiate meet, breaking the school's 60-meter hurdle record by more than a tenth of a second, running the race in a time of 9.88 seconds. She is the second Salisbury women's athlete to break the 10-second mark in the event, and she broke a record that had stood since 2005.
Clark, Tolson, sophomore Whitney Handy and senior Becca Stinner combined to set Salisbury's third record of the day, posting the best time in school history in the 4x400-meter relay. The quartet's time of 4:14.52 was nearly a quarter of a second ahead of the previous mark, set in 2007.
Junior Chelsea Tavik finished fourth in the shot put with a mark of 43' 11.25" and senior Jennifer Houghton was fifth in the weight throw with a toss of 49' 7".
On the men's side, senior Jay Drenner finished fifth in the shot put with a mark of 46' 1.25". Drenner was also fifth in the weight throw (52' 9.5").
Sunday's meet was the only event scheduled for the Sea Gulls for the 2011 calendar year. Salisbury will be back in action on Jan. 28, 2012 at the Thomson Invitational hosted by the University of Delaware.