INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA announced its invitations to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday, and Salisbury University found out it will send one of its largest contingents ever to the event as five Sea Gulls will compete for national glory.
Senior Chelsea Tavik, sophomore Tyler Austin and freshman Luke Campbell will lead the group, as the trio will each compete in two events next week in LaCrosse, Wis. Tavik, who has claimed four All-American awards in indoor and outdoor events, has one of the best throws this season in the shot put and also qualified in the javelin throw. Campbell will head to the national championships to run both the 110- and 400-meter hurdles and Austin will run the 100- and 200-meter dashes; he is the fourth-seeded student-athlete in the 100.
The group of men making the trip will be rounded out by freshman Xavier Stinson, in the high jump.
Tavik will be joined on the women's side by junior Kara Tolson. Tolson holds the school record in the 200-meter dash, as the first woman in school history to break the 25-second mark, and will make her first national championship appearance.
The championships begin on Thursday, May 23. Campbell will be the first Sea Gull in action, running in the preliminary round of the 400 hurdles, beginning at 6:25 p.m., eastern time. The very next race on the track will be Tolson in the 200 meter prelims, followed by Austin in his 200 prelims.
Stinson will compete in the high jump on Saturday, May 24, while Tavik will compete in both of her events on Sunday, May 25, along with Salisbury's track qualifiers who get into the finals of their events.