NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams opened the 2013-14 season with their first indoor meet of the season, at the CNU Holiday Open on Saturday, hosted by Christopher Newport University.
The teams combined for 15 top-10 finishes, highlighted by a pair of school records.
Freshman Sarah Taylor earned a sixth-place finish, of 17 competitors, in the pole vault, clearing 9' 5.75", a school record by an inch and a half, while freshman Kathy Kammerer and junior Ashley Reilly each achieved 8' 11.75" for eighth and ninth place, respectively.
Senior Sadie Mangold finished ninth in the weight throw, with a top effort of 41' 3.75" and finished in 10th place in the shot put, with a top distance of 32' 6.25".
Sophomore Luke Campbell, who earned All-American honors in the 60-meter hurdles in the indoor season as a freshman, was the top Division III finisher in the event on Saturday, placing fourth, out of 31 competitors, with a time of 8.13 seconds, shattering his own school record.
Campbell's classmate, Xavier Stinson, began the year with a fourth-place finish in the high jump as the top Division III performer, clearing 6' 4.75".
Tyler Austin picked up this season where he left off at the end of the outdoor season. The junior, who made his first NCAA national championship appearance in May, claimed fifth in the 200-meter dash, out of 54 in the field, covering the time in 22.95 seconds, a personal record for him during the indoor season.
Salisbury finished with three spots in the top 10 in the weight throw, with junior Dylan Burkett leading the way. Burkett placed sixth with a top effort of 45' 4.5", followed by sophomore Carlos Likins, in seventh, with a personal record throw of 44' 11", more than six feet better than his previous best. Junior Jeff Jordan's top distance of 43' 7.25" was good for 10th.
Likins also set a personal record in the shot put, placing fourth, with a top heave of 42' 7" and Jordan finished sixth with his best throw covering 41' 1.5".
Freshman Zack White took a 10th-place spot in the triple jump, with a top effort of 41' 11.5".
The Sea Gulls will return to action after the new year, traveling back to Newport News for the Captains' Invitational on Jan. 24 and 25.