TOWSON, Md. – The Salisbury University men's track & field team picked up a championship at the Goucher Invitational, and senior Jay Drenner broke his own school record, while the women's team took a second-place finish on Saturday.
The men posted 147 points, 45 points clear of second-place Frostburg State University, which finished with 102. The women were the top-finishing Division III program, with 108 points, finishing only behind Division I Towson University (167.5 points).
Drenner, one week removed from setting the school mark in the hammer throw, increased his hold on the record by more than three feet as his 171' 11" heave on Saturday was nearly 40 feet past the second-place finisher. The win was one of two on the day for the Eldersburg, Md., native who also claimed the discus competition with a top distance of 146' 4". He also took second in the shot put (45' 11.25") behind freshman Ryan DiPascale, who claimed the win with a distance of 46' 7.5".
Freshmen Joshua Mathis and Curtis Ford also claimed wins for the men. Mathis won the high jump, clearing a height of 6' 4.75", with junior Jacob Adedeji taking second at the same height. Ford won the long jump with a top distance of 21' 4.25" while junior Paul Herbert finished third (20' 8").
Herbert also took second in the triple jump, covering 42' 8". Freshman Jeremy Skarda took second in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:24.72, freshman Richard Newman finished second in the 200-meter dash (22.35 seconds) and freshman Tyler Austin earned a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash, finishing in 11.05 seconds.
The Salisbury 4x100-meter relay team took a third-place finish, crossing the finish line in a time of 44.73 seconds while junior Dana Shorb also placed third in the javelin, with a top distance of 151 feet.
Sophomore Kara Tolson led the women with a win in the 200-meter dash, finishing with a time of 25.68 seconds, more than a second ahead of the second-place finisher.
Senior Holly Defnet claimed second in the triple jump with a top distance of 34' 10.25" while senior Jennifer Houghton took third in the hammer throw (147') and freshman Ashley Reilly tied for third in the pole vault (8' 6.25").
The teams will be back in the Baltimore next Saturday, April, 14 for the Johns Hopkins/Loyola Invitational.