Two more records fall at Frank Colden Invitational; men earn meet win

Two more records fall at Frank Colden Invitational; men earn meet win

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Student-athletes on the Salisbury University track & field teams continue to put their individual stamps on the programs in the 2012-13 indoor season as two more school records fell at the Frank Colden Invitational on Saturday, hosted by Ursinus College.

Freshmen Kyle Tockman and Luke Campbell set the marks on Saturday. Tockman claimed the top spot in the 5,000-meter run, crossing the finish line in 15:27.65. The time was more than 33 seconds faster than the second-place finisher in the race and broke the school record, which had stood since 2008, by more than 11 seconds.

Campbell has made a habit of setting the school 60-meter hurdles record, which he did for the third time this season, covering the distance in 8.27 seconds during the preliminary round. He qualified for the finals, where he placed second with a time of 8.29 seconds. Entering competition on Saturday there have been only eight faster times run in Division III during this indoor season.

The two record-breaking performances helped Salisbury to 114 points in the meet and the win, clearing second-place Richard Stockton College of New Jersey by 39 points.

Campbell also picked up a win on Saturday, claiming the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.85 seconds, while sophomore Richard Newman took third in the event with a time of 52.65 seconds.

Sophomore Thomas Burke and junior Matt McMurdo claimed top finishes as well, with Burke finishing the 800-meter run in 1:59.21 for the top spot while McMurdo won the shot put competition with a top heave of 44' 7". Freshman Ian Wood placed second, behind Burke, in the 800, with a time of 2:00.75.

Burke also took a third-place finish in the mile, crossing the line in 4:28.22.

Sophomore Tyler Austin ran a blistering 7.13 seconds in the 60-meter dash finals, taking second in that event, while Newman (23.02 seconds) and senior Jacob Adedeji (23.23 seconds) placed second and third in the 200-meter dash. Salisbury had four runners earn points with top-eight finishes in the 200, as Campbell (23.28) placed fourth and Austin (23.78) took sixth.

Junior Daniel Smith placed third in the 5,000-meter run, with a time of 16:09.91.

The women were paced by sophomore Kira Polimeni, who placed third in the 5,000-meter run in 19:41.56, one place and five seconds ahead of classmate Hailey Spinapont. Sophomore Olivia Cloud placed seventh in the race with a time of 20:15.60. The three scoring performances helped the Sea Gull women to 27 points and a seventh-place finish in the event.

Sophomore Ashley Reilly finished in a tie for fourth in the pole vault, clearing 9' 0.25" while freshman Sierra Crist placed sixth after clearing the same height. It was one of two events with three SU women finishing in the points as junior Erika Gerhold finished in a tie for eighth, topping 8' 6.25".

Junior Kara Tolson earned three points for Salisbury, placing sixth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:02.97.

The Sea Gulls will be back at it next Saturday, Feb. 9, as they travel to the Susquehanna Invitational. The meet will be Salisbury's final tune-up before the CAC Indoor Championships on Feb. 17, at George Mason University.

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