WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Salisbury University track & field teams hit the road for the first time in the 2013 outdoor season, traveling to the two-day Wake Forest Open on Friday and Saturday, coming up with three school records in a field full of Division I student-athletes.
Sophomore Hailey Spinapont came up with the first record-breaking performance, on Friday, placing 14th in the 5,000-meter run, finishing in 18:24.77. Her time was more than three seconds faster than the previous school mark (18:28.1), held by Kerri Bowers since 1997.
Junior Kara Tolson broke her own school record in the 200-meter dash, with a time of 24.81 seconds, placing ninth. Her time is one of the fastest in the nation this season. Tolson also took seventh place in the high jump "B", clearing 5' 0.25", just two inches shorter than the event winner and she was the top Division III runner in the 100-meter dash, finishing in 17th, of 77 athletes, with a time of 12.71 seconds.
Senior Chelsea Tavik claimed the top finish of the weekend for a Sea Gull woman, as she placed second in the shot put, with a top distance of 46' 2". She placed eighth in the javelin (130' 8") and ninth in the hammer throw (149' 9").
Senior Anna Steinman had strong showings in her 1,500 and 5,000 meter run double, earning times of 5:06.41 and 19:19.64.
Sophomore Thomas Burke placed ninth, of 95 runners, in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.27, less than a second off the school record time. He was followed closely in the race by freshman Ian Wood, who finished 14th with a time of 1:55.31. Burke also came in 13th in the 1,500-meter run (4:00.57).
Freshman Xavier Stinson cleared 6' 6.25" to claim the men's high jump "B". The height is just two inches shy of the school record.
Freshman Kyle Tockman established a school record in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:58.86 and posted a strong finish, coming in 14th, in the 5,000-meter run, with a time of 15:10.99.
Freshman Luke Campbell, fresh off his first trip to a national championship meet during the indoor season, qualified for the finals in the 110-meter hurdles, and placed fifth, out of 40 runners, covering the distance in 14.53 seconds, just .36 of a second off the school-record pace; he was the only Division III runner to qualify for the finals. Sophomore Devon Hopkins placed 17th in the event, finishing in 15.46 seconds.
Seniors Chris Sufczynski and Tyler Miluski placed eighth and ninth, respectively, in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Sufczynski came home in 10:32.39 while Miluski was just a few seconds behind in 10:35.45.
Sophomore Tyler Austin earned a 13th-place finish in the 100-meter dash, with a time of 10.99 seconds; no Division III runner was faster than Austin in the field of 86.
The Sea Gulls return to action in two weeks at the Goucher Invitational on Saturday, March 30.