BLACKSBURG, Va. – Saturday was the final opportunity for a handful of Salisbury University track & field student-athletes to post marks good enough to earn an invitation to the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships. The Sea Gulls traveled to the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier and came home with three school records.
Sophomores Kara Tolson and Whitney Handy and junior Chelsea Tavik each broke their own school record at the meet. Tolson set a new personal best in the 200-meter dash, with a time of 26.39 seconds, one-tenth of a second better than her previous mark, while Tavik covered 53' 11.25" in the weight throw, for a seventh-place finish and a new school record, by nearly six inches.
Tolson was followed closely in the 200-meter dash by Handy, who finished in 27.13 seconds. Handy narrowly missed out on a top-10 finish in the 400-meter dash, finishing with a time of 1:00.53, placing 11th, breaking her own school record, which previously stood at 1:00.92.
Tavik also put up a top heave of 44' 7.5", for a seventh-place finish, in the shot put.
Tolson was consistent, running the 60-meter dash twice, advancing to the semifinals, running 8.08 seconds in both of her heats while senior Becca Stinner recorded a time of 5:19.11 in the one mile run.
Freshman Richard Newman ran the 200-meter dash in a time of 22.40 seconds, to finish in sixth, just four-tenths of a second off the school record, and placed seventh in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.06 seconds.
Senior Jay Drenner also earned a seventh-place finish with his best effort of 53' 9.25" in the weight throw.
The time of 1:59.33 in the 800-meter run for freshman Thomas Burke earned him an 11th-place finish.
The Sea Gulls will await the announcement of invitations to the NCAA championships on Monday. The NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships are scheduled for March 9 and 10 in Grinnell, Iowa.