TOWSON, Md. – The Salisbury University track & field teams came up with dominant performances as each team earned a resounding win at the Goucher Classic on Saturday with 25 combined event victories.
Senior Chelsea Tavik earned wins in three different events, claiming the shot put, discus and hammer throw. Tavik's distance of 47' 1" in the shot put is a stadium record, while she added top efforts of 136' 6" in the hammer and 120' 11" in the discus to lead the women to 266 points, more than 120 points clear of second-place Hood College.
Senior Anna Steinman won two events, besting the field in the 1,500-meter run, with a time of 5:04.63, and edging the second-place finisher in the 800-meter run by just over a second with a time of 2:29.47.
Junior Kara Tolson picked up a win in the 400-meter dash, covering the distance in 1:00.63, just .29 of a second clear of second place, while also teaming with classmate Alex Greissinger and sophomores Brooke Schulz and Ameera Teal for the top spot in the 4x100-meter relay, with a time of 50.17 seconds.
Freshman Shannon Gilligan grabbed her first collegiate event win, taking the javelin with a top effort of 117' 3", almost 20 feet past the second-place finisher in the field.
Junior Nancy Gompers cleared a season-best 9' 3" in the pole vault to pick up the win and sophomore Kira Polimeni finished the 10,000-meter run in 42:15.40 to earn the win in her first time running that event at the collegiate level.
Junior Matthew Hallenbeck picked up a pair of wins on Saturday, claiming the men's 1,500-meter run, with a time of 4:11.32, and the 800-meter run, with a time of 1:59.13, as the Salisbury men earned 332.3 points, nearly 200 points ahead of McDaniel College (147.7 points).
Sophomore Dylan Burkett won a pair of events, claiming the discus throw, with a top distance of 141' 11", and the shot put, with a top heave of 45' 3", which is a personal record by half an inch.
Sophomores Richard Newman and Tyler Austin and freshman Luke Campbell each claimed an individual win and a relay victory on the day. The trio, along with freshman Matthew Toth, ran the 4x100-meter relay in 43.00 seconds for the win while Newman claimed the 400-meter hurdles, with a time of 54.12 seconds, Austin was the winner in the 100-meter dash, with a time of 11.01 seconds, and Campbell claimed the 110-meter hurdles, covering the distance in 14.52 seconds. Campbell's time was just .25 of a second off of the school-record time.
Freshman Xavier Stinson cleared 6' 4" to win the high jump, nearly a foot higher than the second-place finisher. Classmate Erik Hedin (16:54.03) was almost three minutes faster than any other runner in the 5,000-meter run field to earn that win while junior Nick Hanifee ran the 10,000-meter run in 36:13.82 to earn the win in that event. Freshman Jarrell Young took the top spot in the 400-meter dash, covering the distance in 52.85 seconds.
Freshman Lawrence Alston gained nearly two feet on his previous top performance this season in the long jump to win the event, with a top effort of 21' 0".
The Sea Gulls will be back in action on April 5 and 6 in Durham, N.C., at the Duke Invitational.