Drenner breaks 18-year-old hammer record at Towson Invitational

Drenner breaks 18-year-old hammer record at Towson Invitational

TOWSON, Md. – The Salisbury University track & field teams traveled to the Towson University Invitational on Saturday coming away with three first-place finishes and a new school record for senior Jay Drenner.

Drenner posted the top distance in school history in the men's hammer throw, covering 168' 10", placing third in the competition. Salisbury's previous school record was set in 1994 by Dan Quinn, at 168' 8".

Senior Chris Barnard led a contingent of five Sea Gulls crossing the finish line in the 5,000-meter run. Barnard's time of 15:34.25 was good for the win, followed by classmates John Fitzgerald (15:39.06) and David Toller (15:40.23) and freshmen Tim Skarda (15:50.06) and Alex Arias (15:54.89) taking the top five places.

Junior Chris Sufczynski claimed the other win on the men's side for Salisbury, taking the top spot in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:21.48.

Freshman Curtis Ford earned a pair of top-three finishes, taking second in the long jump (20' 7") and third in the triple jump (41' 7.25").

Junior Jacob Adedeji and freshman Joshua Mathis each cleared six feet to tie for second place in the high jump while freshman Thomas Burke earned a second-place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:57.05. Sophomore Matthew Hallenbeck finished the race in 1:57.13 to take third.

Adedeji and freshmen Devon Hopkins, Tyler Austin and Richard Newman combined for a time of 43.27 seconds in the 4x100-meter relay to place third.

Senior Becca Stinner earned a victory in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:27.76 while sophomore Kara Tolson placed second in the 100-meter dash finishing the race in 12.63 seconds.

The Sea Gulls also got a pair of third-place finishes from junior Chelsea Tavik (45' 9.75"), in the shot put, and the quartet of Tolson, sophomores Whitney Handy and Alex Greissinger and freshman Michelle Clark in the 4x100-meter relay, finishing in a time of 50.40 seconds.

The teams will return to action next Saturday, April 7, at the Goucher Invitational.

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