BALTIMORE – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams both picked up top-four team finishes at the Johns Hopkins/Loyola Invitational on Saturday.
The men claimed seven first-place event finishes earning 169.5 points, trailing only Johns Hopkins University, while the women picked up three first-place event finishes and 101 points to place fourth. Three school records were also broken at the event.
Senior Jay Drenner set the Salisbury University hammer throw record for the third time in three meets, with his winning distance of 172' 1". The Eldersburg, Md., native also earned a second-place finish in the discus, with his top throw covering 148 feet, ahead of freshman Jeff Jordan's third-place distance of 135' 5".
Junior Chelsea Tavik also broke a school hammer throw record, breaking senior Jennifer Houghton's mark, with a distance of 158' 11", good for second place in the event. Sophomore Kara Tolson also bettered her own school mark in the 200-meter dash, with a time of 25.46 seconds, to earn the win. Tavik won the women's shot put competition with a distance of 44" 4.25".
Tolson also earned two other top-three finishes with a second-place mark in the 100-meter dash (12.56 seconds) and a third-place finish in the long jump (16' 6"). Senior Becca Stinner won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:25.15.
Freshman Devon Hopkins collected two wins, taking the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.61 seconds and the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.27 seconds.
Sophomore Jacob Adedji had a hand in two wins, taking the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.19 seconds. He also teamed with junior Adrian Jackson and freshmen Tyler Austin and Richard Newman to win the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 42.01 seconds.
Newman earned a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash (50.20 seconds) and freshman Joshua Mathis took second in the high jump (6' 2.75"). Freshman Blake Bussard grabbed third in the 400-meter hurdles (57.35 seconds), classmate Curtis Ford was third in the long jump (20' 6.25") and junior Tyler Miluski was third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:17.36).
The teams will travel to Newport News, Va., next Saturday, April 21, to compete in the New Captains' Classic hosted by Christopher Newport University. It will be one of the teams' final tune-ups before the Capital Athletic Conference championships on May 5 and 6.