DURHAM, N.C. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams traveled to the Duke Invitational on Friday and Saturday and facing some of the best competition in the NCAA, including top Division I talent, brought out a number of record-breaking performances in the Sea Gulls.
Sophomore Thomas Burke broke a nine-year old record in the 800-meter run, covering the distance in 1:53.08, clipping the record set by Tristan Gilbert (1:53.39) in 2004. Freshman Ian Wood placed 24th in the event with a time of 1:56.26 while senior Claire Lawrence took 21st in the women's 800-meter developmental run with a time of 2:23.55.
Senior Chelsea Tavik broke her own school record in the hammer throw, covering 160' 9", which was nearly two feet clear of her previous mark, set last season. The Glen Burnie, Md., native also placed fifth in the shot put as the top Division III finisher, with her best effort covering 47' 2.25".
Junior Kara Tolson also broke one of her own school records, placing 13th of 64 student-athletes, in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.29. Tolson had shared the school record at 12.40 seconds with Kristen Owings, who set the time in 1994. Tolson also placed 17th in the 200-meter dash, with a time of 25.09.
Freshman Xavier Stinson tied a school mark in the high jump, clearing a top height of 6' 8.25", placing fifth in the event, but was the top Division III performer.
Salisbury's top team event came in the men's 400-meter hurdles where freshman Luke Campbell (53.15 seconds), sophomore Richard Newman (53.27) and sophomore Devon Hopkins (54.13) took second, third and fourth, trailing only Leford Green (Jamaica), who placed seventh in the event at the 2012 London Olympics.
Campbell also placed ninth in the 110-meter hurdles, with a time of 14.93 seconds, just .02 of a second from qualifying for the finals in the event, while Hopkins ran the event in 15.67 seconds, placing 17th. Newman also claimed a 26th-place finish in the 200-meter dash (22.66 seconds).
Sophomore Tyler Austin set a personal record in the 100-meter dash, with a time of 10.90 seconds, placing 10th of 54 runners. Austin also had a strong showing in the 200-meter dash, finishing in ninth place, of 69 runners, finishing in 22.22 seconds.
Freshman Kyle Tockman also came up with a personal record in the 5,000-meter run covering the distance in 15:08.95, placing 16th in the 'B' section, while sophomore Hailey Spinapont placed 17th in the women's 5,000-meter 'B' section with a time of 19:09.07 and senior Anna Steinman was seventh in the 'C' section with a time of 19:46.62.
Junior Matthew Hallenbeck took an eighth-place finish in the 800-meter developmental run, finishing in 1:58.34, and also took 34th in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:05.42.
Salisbury returns to competition next Saturday, traveling to the Johns Hopkins/Loyola Invitational in Baltimore.