PHILADELPHIA – The Salisbury University track & field team sent a handful of student-athletes to the historic Penn Relays this week coming away with a pair of school records.
On Thursday, the women's 4x400-meter relay team of sophomores Whitney Handy, Alex Greissinger, Kara Tolson and freshman Michelle Clark took fourth place in their heat, setting a school record, running a time of 3:59.49. The mark is more than a second better than the previous school record and the first under four minutes in school history.
Junior Chelsea Tavik placed seventh, out of 34 competitors, in the College Women's Shot Put Eastern with a top distance of 46' 10.25".
Senior Chris Barnard placed 11th in the Olympic Development Men's 3,000-meter Steeplechase with a time of 9:22.76, just two seconds off of his school-record pace.
Classmate Becca Stinner took 19th in the College Women's 3,000-meter Steeplechase, with a time of 11:10.63, and senior John Fitzgerald placed 23rd of more than 30 runners in the Men's College 5,000-meter Run, with a time of 14:53.60.
On Friday, Salisbury's only event was the College Men's 4x400-meter Relay, where sophomores Matt Hallenbeck and Zak Osborne and freshmen Blake Bussard and Richard Newman took the top spot in their heat with a time of 3:28.08, edging out the team from Virginia University of Lynchburg by one-tenth of a second.
On Saturday, senior Jay Drenner posted another school record in the hammer throw, covering a distance of 175'5" to take 11th in the College Men's Hammer Throw. It marks the fifth time this season that Drenner has broken the mark.
Hallenbeck led the 4x800-meter relay team with an opening leg of 1:55.3 to have the team near the top after the first leg. The quartet, which included sophomores Cody Gankiewicz and Nathan Austin and freshman Tom Burke, took 24th place in the College Men's 4x800-meter Relay Championship with a time of 7:54.25. The time was just four seconds from a school record.
The Penn Relays was the teams' final tune-up before the Capital Athletic Conference Track & Field Championships, next Saturday and Sunday at Frostburg State University.