NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams took part in their first indoor meet of the season at the CNU Holiday Open, hosted by Christopher Newport University, on Saturday. The Sea Gulls were in a field littered with NCAA Division I and II athletes and had a strong showing with a number of top-10 finishes as well as bringing home three school records.
Sophomore Ashley Reilly set a school mark in the pole vault, clearing 9' 0.25". The previous record had stood since 2007 when Rachel Knapstein set the mark at 9' 0". Reilly placed 10th in the event, but only saw one other Division III student-athlete place ahead of her. She was one of four Sea Gulls to clear eight feet in the event, along with junior Erika Gerhold and freshman Sierra Christ, who both cleared 8' 6.25", and junior Nancy Gomper, who cleared 8' 0.5".
Junior Kara Tolson was nearly a half second faster than her pervious school record (26.39 seconds) in the 200-meter dash, finishing the race in 25.95 seconds. Tolson placed fifth in the race, out of 76 athletes, and was the event's top Division III finisher.
Freshman Luke Campbell set a new school record in the 60-meter hurdles, covering the distance in 8.44 seconds, one-tenth of a second better than the previous school mark set last year by current sophomore Richard Newman, who went on to earn the Rookie of the Year award in the Capital Athletic Conference.
Campbell finished 10th overall in the event as Salisbury had the top three Division III finishers in the field, along with sophomore Devon Hopkins (8.70 seconds) and Newman (8.72).
Newman had a strong day as he was the top Division III finisher in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 22.62 seconds. He placed fifth in the event overall.
Freshman Xavier Stinson placed ninth in the high jump, just an inch and a half short of a school record, clearing 6' 4.75".
Sophomores Ryan DiPascale (45' 6.5") and Dylan Burkett (43' 9") were the top Division III finishers in the shot put, placing fifth and sixth in the event.
Burkett (43' 3.75") and classmate Jeff Jordan (42' 2") placed sixth and seventh in the weight throw competition, as the top Division III performers.
Sophomore Tyler Austin took 15th in the men's 60-meter dash, among 67 runners, but was the second Division III finisher in the event, finishing in 7.03 seconds.
The women's 4x400-meter relay team of juniors Alex Greissinger and Tolson, sophomore Brooke Schulz and freshman Lauren Snyder came up a second shy of the school pace with a time of 4:09.71.
The teams will be off until the new year, with their next meet coming at Newark, Del., competing in the Thomson Invitational on Jan. 26.