Drenner sets hammer record again; Tolson sets 200, ties 100 record at CNU

Drenner sets hammer record again; Tolson sets 200, ties 100 record at CNU

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Senior Jay Drenner set the school hammer throw record for the fourth week in a row while sophomore Kara Tolson shattered the school mark in the 200-meter dash and tied the record in the 100-meter dash as the Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams competed at the New Captains' Classic, hosted by Christopher Newport University on Saturday.

Drenner posted a top distance of 173' 4", good for second place in the hammer competition, and topping his previous record by more than a foot.

Tolson placed second in both the 200-meter and 100-meter dash. Her 25.15 seconds in the 200 was more than three-tenths of a second better than the mark she set earlier this year, while a time of 12.40 seconds tied the school mark in the 100, which has stood since 1994.

Junior Chelsea Tavik took the top spot in the shot put, with a distance of 44' 11.75", and was one of five Sea Gulls to place in the top six. Senior Jennifer Houghton (37' 8") took third. Tavik also grabbed two second-place finishes, earning that position in the discus (114' 6") and javelin (117' 10") while Houghton placed second in the hammer (153' 2") and third in the discus (108' 1").

Salisbury's 4x100-meter relay team of Tolson, sophomores Whitney Handy and Alex Greissinger and freshman Michelle Clark took second with a time of 49.99 seconds, .14 seconds behind race winner Christopher Newport. 

Freshman Olivia Cloud earned a third-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 14:59.74.

Drenner also earned a win in the discus with a distance of 145' 10" and placed third in the shot put (48' 1.25"). Freshman Dylan Burkett took third in the discus, with a distance of 135' 10".

Senior Chris Barnard came away with a win as well, taking the 3,000-meter steeple chase with a time of 9:32.81 and junior Tyler Miluski came home in third in a time of 10:18.89.

Freshmen Devon Hopkins (54.95 seconds) and Richard Newman (55.88) finished less than a second apart to place second and third, respectively, in the 400-meter hurdles. Hopkins also took third in the triple jump (38' 2.75").

Freshman Tyler Austin picked up a pair of top-three finishes, taking second in the 100-meter dash (11.19 seconds) and third in the 200-meter dash (22.67 seconds).

Senior David Toller finished third in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:43.30 and freshman Joshua Mathis cleared a top height of 6' 2.75" to finish second in the high jump.

The teams will be back in action on Thursday, April 26 as they open competition in the three-day Penn Relays.

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