Sea Gulls open outdoor season with wins in Lloyd Sigler Spring Meet

Sea Gulls open outdoor season with wins in Lloyd Sigler Spring Meet

SALISBURY, Md. – Amid slight snow flurries throughout the day, the Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams opened their outdoor schedule by hosting the Lloyd Sigler Spring Meet on Saturday and the Sea Gulls came away with resounding wins.

The men's team picked up 11 event wins on their way to 330 points, 259 points clear of second-place Gloucester County College. The women won six events as they picked up 250 points, well ahead of Shenandoah University (105 points).

Sophomores Devon Hopkins and Dylan Burkett paced the men, as each student-athlete won three events.

Hopkins claimed the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles, and the long jump. His time of 58.20 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles was nearly a second and a half faster than classmate Blake Bussard, who placed second. Hopkins ran the 110-meter hurdles in 15.81 seconds and covered 20' 4.5" to win the long jump.

Burkett controlled the throwing events, winning the hammer throw by nearly seven feet, with a distance of 146' 7", the discus with a throw covering 139' 1" and the shot put with a top effort of 45' 2.25". Just behind Burkett in the shot put and discus was junior Matt McMurdo. McMurdo had a top throw of 133' 7" in the discus and 44' 11.5" in the shot put. He also earned the win in the javelin, covering 170' 8".

Salisbury claimed the top four spots in the shot put, with sophomores Ryan DiPascale (43' 10.5") and Jeffrey Jordan (41' 5.25") placing third and fourth.

Senior Jacob Adedeji was the fastest man at the meet, claiming the 100 and 200-meter dashes. Adedeji ran the 100 in 11.19 seconds, finishing .30 seconds ahead of classmate Adrian Jackson while freshman Matthew Toth rounded out the top three for Salisbury. Adedeji led three Salisbury runners across the line in the 200 as well, finishing with a time of 22.81 seconds, with Toth (23.28) placing second and freshman Xavier Stinson taking third.

Stinson earned a win of his own, clearing a height of 6' 0.75" to claim the high jump, ahead of Adedeji (5' 10.75") and senior Paul Herbert, who took third. Herbert also took second in the long jump, covering 19' 10.25".

Senior Chris Sufczynski earned a win for Salisbury in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, crossing the finish line in 10:29.27 as Salisbury took the top three spots. Classmate Tyler Miluski (10:45.12) and freshman Justin DeJausserand (10:58.37) rounded out the top three.

While Salisbury did not claim the top spot, the Gulls earned three of the top four spots in the Stephen Berstler Jr., 5,000-meter run. Junior Nathan Austin led three Gulls across the finish line, taking second with a time of 15:59.56, ahead of classmates Daniel Smith and Joel Anderson.

Junior Kara Tolson was the fastest woman at the meet, earning the same 100/200 double as Adedeji. Tolson was nearly a second faster than the second-place finisher in the 200-meter dash, winning with a time of 26.47 seconds and her 12.83 seconds in the 100-meter dash was more than half a second faster than freshman Lauren Snyder (13.35), in second place while freshman Kelsey Larger took third. Snyder also took second in the 200 with a time of 27.39 seconds.

Tolson and Snyder teamed with sophomores Brooke Schulz and Ameera Teal for the top spot in the 4x400-meter relay. The quartet won by more than 10 seconds, with a time of 4:25.09.

Salisbury took the top five spots in the Stephen Berstler Jr., 5,000-meter run, led by sophomore Hailey Spinapont who crossed the finish line in 18:40.84. Classmate Kira Polimeni (19:16.25) took second, followed by senior Anna Steinman, sophomore Olivia Cloud and junior Michele Stromberg.

Polimeni also earned a top finish, claiming the 1,500-meter run, with a time of 5:03.17, just ahead of Steinman (5:08.69).

Sophomore Tara Greco picked up Salisbury's lone field event win, claiming the long jump by covering 16' 4.5". Her distance of 35' 0.25" in the triple jump was good for second place.

Saturday's meet is the first of two scheduled at home this season for Salisbury, which will play host to the Capital Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 4 and 5.

The Sea Gulls will have a week off before heading to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the two-day Wake Forest Invitational on March 15 and 16.

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