Sea Gulls collect 14 victories, including men's Steven Berstler 5,000-meter run, at Lloyd Sigler Spring Meet

Sea Gulls collect 14 victories, including men's Steven Berstler 5,000-meter run, at Lloyd Sigler Spring Meet

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams honored a former coach and a former student-athlete who each passed away within the past year on Saturday. The Sea Gulls, in the newly named Lloyd Sigler Spring Meet, earned team victories on both the men's and women's sides and saw four top-three finishes in the 5,000-meter run, named in honor of former teammate Steven Berstler, who passed away this past December.

Senior Chris Barnard earned the win in the 5,000-meter on the men's side, with a time of 15:34.83, leading a pack of three Sea Gulls. Senior John Fitzgerald (15:36.17) took second and Joel Anderson (15:37.30) claimed third. Sophomore Emma Bahneman finished second in the 5,000 on the women's side, crossing the finish line in a time of 19:02.84.

Barnard's win was one of 14 victories by Salisbury student-athletes on the day as the men finished with 280 points, 152 better than second-place Shenandoah University. The women scored 216 points, well ahead of second-place Hood College.

Freshman Curtis Ford earned a pair of wins, taking the long jump (20' 10") and triple jump (44' 1.25"). Devon Hopkins took third in each event with distances of 19' 9" in the long jump and 40' 7" in the triple jump.

Barnard also won the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing the course in 9:48.27,

Freshman Ryan DiPascale picked up a win in the shot put, with his top heave covering 45' 11.5". Classmate Dylan Burkett (43' 6.5") took second and also placed second in the hammer throw (121' 1.5").

Junior Jacob Adedeji took the top spot in the 100-meter dash, with a time of 11.27 seconds with sophomore Cody Gankiewicz and sophomore Matthew Hallenbeck taking the top two spots in the 800-meter run with times of 2:00.36 and 2:01.39, respectively.

Hallenbeck picked up the win in the 1,500-meter run, finishing in 4:08.12, just ahead of Fitzgerald (4:08.57), in second.

Freshman Blake Bussard had the top performance in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing in a time of 58.18 seconds, while freshman Tyler Austin placed second in the 110-meter hurdles (15.99 seconds).

Austin teamed with Bussard, Hopkins and senior Zach Symons to place second in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:29.55.

Freshman Jeff Jordan claimed a second-place finish in the discus with his top distance covering 134' 6.5". Freshman Joshua Mathis and Adedeji each cleared 5' 10.75" to tie for second in the high jump.

The Salisbury women picked up six wins as freshman Michelle Clark earned two event titles, finishing the 100-meter hurdles in 16.10 seconds and the 400-meter hurdles in 1:08.40. Sophomore Alex Greissinger finished just behind Clark in the 400 hurdles, with a time of 1:09.59.

Junior Claire Lawrence completed the 800-meter run in a time of 2:32.08 for Salisbury's third track victory.

Freshman Emily Buck cleared 8' 10.75" to earn the victory in the pole vault with classmate Ashley Reilly taking third, clearing 8' 3.5". Senior Rachel Holtzman picked up the win in the hammer throw, with a top heave of 127' 4.25" and classmate Holly Defnet took third (117' 5").

The Salisbury team of Greissinger, Clark, Lawrence and junior Courtney Donnelly took second place in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:13.26.

Clark also collected a third-place finish in the high jump, clearing 4' 5.5", while freshman Tara Greco took second in the long jump (15' 11") and triple jump (34' 10").

The Salisbury teams will be back in action in their next outdoor meet on March 16-17 when they will travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Wake Forest Invitational.

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