NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Salisbury University freshman Luke Campbell continues to make history in his first year in maroon and gold. The hurdler competed at his first national championship on Friday afternoon, and will make it a two-day competition, as he qualified for the finals in the 60-meter hurdles.
Campbell matched his own school record pace in the event, running the distance in 8.20 seconds, qualifying sixth of 13 student-athletes at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by North Central College. The top eight advance to tomorrow's finals.
By qualifying for the finals, Campbell has assured himself of being named an All-American. He becomes the seventh indoor All-American in Salisbury track & field history and is the first to accomplish the feat as a freshman.
The top qualifier on Friday was T.J. Valley, from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, who was just .11 of a second faster than Campbell. Campbell finished .002 of a second ahead of Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute's David Kastner and .01 of a second clear of Ryan Lopez-Jordan from Marietta College, the eighth and final qualifier for the finals.
Campbell was joined as a qualifier in the event by Capital Athletic Conference foe Matt Bundy from Wesley College. Bundy ran a time of 8.27 seconds in the preliminary and finished just outside of qualifying for the finals.
The finals in the 60-meter hurdles will be contested tomorrow at 1:55 p.m., central time. Senior Chelsea Tavik, will begin her quest for a second national championship in the shot put, beginning just moments after Campbell's race.