FAIRFAX, Va. – A handful of student-athletes from the Salisbury University track & field teams returned to George Mason University, the site of last week's Capital Athletic Conference indoor championships, for the George Mason Winter Games and came home with eight top-five finishes and a school record.
Junior Chelsea Tavik and senior Jay Drenner were the top performers for the Gulls as each took second place in their throwing competitions. Tavik collected second-place finishes in both the shot put (45' 10") and the weight throw (52' 9"), while Drenner took second in the weight throw (54' 2").
Salisbury's success was not limited to the field events as the Gulls earned a trio of top-five finishes on the track, including one school record. Senior Becca Stinner claimed fourth in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 3:01.71. Her time set a new school mark, previously set in 2006 by Casey McInerny, by more than five seconds. Sophomore Emma Bahneman took fifth in the 3,000-meter run (10:55.47).
On the men's side, senior John Fitzgerald ran the one mile in 4:29.95, which earned him a fifth-place finish.
The Sea Gulls will have two more indoor meets before the NCAA Indoor Championships. Salisbury will travel to the CNU Last Chance Meet, hosted by Christopher Newport University, tomorrow, and will travel to the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier on March 3.