FAIRFAX, Va. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams are closing in on their final chance to post results high enough to be considered for qualification for the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, and the Sea Gulls came up with some big performances at the George Mason Last Chance Meet on Sunday, bringing home five school records.
Senior Claire Lawrence and sophomore Thomas Burke each broke records which had stood since 2005. Lawrence broke Ruth Hendrick's time in the 500-meter dash, with a time of 1:21.39, placing ninth and was the top Division III finisher, while Burke broke the school mark in the 1,000-meter run, a record previously held by Tristan Gilbert, with a time of 2:30.78; he placed second overall and tops among collegiate competitors.
Sophomore Kira Polimeni broke the school mark in the 3,000-meter run, which had stood since 2008, with a time of 10:53.53 as she placed 12th.
Freshman Luke Campbell broke his own school record in the 60-meter hurdles, placing second, with a time 8.20 seconds, which is the 11th-fastest time in Division III this season.
Freshman Xavier Stinson broke the program high jump record, which had stood since 2009, by clearing a height of 6' 6.75". Stinson's effort was half an inch better than the previous school record and is the 28th best effort in the nation this season.
Senior Chelsea Tavik was the top collegiate student-athlete finisher in the shot put, with a top effort of 45' 7.25", and the top Division III finisher in the weight throw, placing second overall, with a distance of 51' 3". Senior Anna Steinman was the top Division III runner in the 1 mile run, finishing in 5:35.30.
Sophomore Ryan DiPascale's 45' 0.5" effort in the shot put gave him a fifth-place finish.
Freshman Ian Wood took third, as the top Division III performer in the 500-meter dash, placing third overall with a time of 1:07.47, while classmate Kyle Tockman took sixth in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:51.96 and junior Matthew Hallenbeck took ninth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:59.46.
Salisbury's student-athletes will have one final chance at posting indoor times good enough to earn them a spot in the indoor championships on Saturday, March 2, at the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier. The Sea Gulls will also begin their outdoor season next Saturday, hosting the Lloyd Sigler Invitational at the SU track complex.