Three school records fall at Wake Forest Open

Three school records fall at Wake Forest Open

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Salisbury University track & field teams took down three school records in their first road meet of the season at the Wake Forest Open this weekend.

Senior Chris Barnard broke his own record, placing second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, with a time of 9:20.55, nearly eight seconds ahead of his previous mark, set last year.

Senior Jennifer Houghton broke the Salisbury record in the hammer throw, which had stood since the 2005 season, by nearly 10 feet. Her top distance of 150' 2" was good for second place in her flight.

Sophomore Kara Tolson topped her own school record in the 200-meter dash, as her time of 25.51 seconds was strong enough to win her heat.

Senior Becca Stinner placed fourth in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, completing the race in a time of 11:20.39.

Senior Rachel Holtzman claimed fifth place in the shot put "B" with a top distance of 31' 8" while Tolson was tied for fourth in the high jump "B", clearing a top height of 5' 2.25".

Senior Jay Drenner's top effort in the hammer throw covered 167' 3", which earned him an eighth-place finish. He also came within 17 inches of breaking the school record, which has stood since 1994.

Junior Jacob Adedeji finished sixth in the high jump "B", clearing a top height of 6' 3.5".

Sophomore Matthew Hallenbeck set a personal record with a time of 1:56.89 in the 800-meter run while senior David Toller (33:24.55) and junior Jessie Early (43:38.22) each set personal bests in the 10,000-meter run.

Freshmen Devon Hopkins and Richard Newman each earned personal records in the 400-meter hurdles, with times of 55.22 seconds and 55.24 seconds, respectively.

The teams will be back in action on March 31, when they travel to the Towson University Invitational.

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