NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams traveled to Christopher Newport University for their first indoor meet of the new year, scoring an astounding six school records during the two-day Captains' Invitational.
The Sea Gulls set three school records on Friday and added three more on Saturday.
Sophomore Xavier Stinson claimed one of the six school marks at the event, clearing 6' 7" in the high jump on Friday, breaking his own previous mark by one quarter of an inch. Stinson placed second in the event.
Also Friday, the distance medley relay team broke a record which had stood since 2006. Juniors George Martinez, Thomas Burke and Brandon Horning and sophomore Ian Wood combined in the event for a time of 10:29.14, one of the top times in the nation this season. Martinez ran the opening leg of 1,200 meters, followed by Wood covering 400 meters and Burke for 800. Horning ran the 1,600-meter anchor leg as the squad broke the previous record by nearly seven seconds. The team finished second in the event and was the top Division III squad in the field.
On Saturday, sophomore Luke Campbell broke a school mark in the 60-meter hurdles. He broke his own record, the second time this season he's done so, with a time of 8.11 seconds, winning the event by nearly half a second. His time currently stands as the second fastest in Division III this season. Campbell would also earn a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash (23.13 seconds).
Junior Devon Hopkins was able to establish another school record in an event just being brought into Division III competition – the heptathlon. Hopkins, the first student-athlete in program history to compete in the event, placed third out of 10 competitors, with 4,033 points. He competed in seven events over the two days placing third in the 60-meter dash, the 60-meter hurdles and the 1,000-meter run to set the school mark.
Junior Tyler Austin, who competed at the 2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, took the top spot in the 60-meter dash, with a time of 6.96 seconds, a personal record. He was one of just four Division III athletes to qualify for the finals in the event.
Burke and Martinez did not end their competitions with the distance medley, as Burke went on to take the top spot in the 800-meter run, with a time of 1:55.56, and Martinez also collected a third-place finish in the mile, finishing in 4:29.90, a personal record by more than 10 seconds.
Junior Dylan Burkett earned a third-place finish in the men's shot put, as the top Division III competitor, with a top distance of 50' 1.75".
The women's team also saw a pair of records fall, beginning with freshman Sarah Taylor, who broke the school record in the pole vault for the second time this season. Taylor cleared 10' 0" on Friday, which was more than six inches better than her previous school mark of 9' 5.75"
On Saturday, freshman Meghan McGowan cleared 5' 6" in the high jump, an inch and a half clear of the previous school record which had stood since 2007. She placed second in the event and was the top Division III finisher in the field with a height that currently stands in the top five in the nation.
Junior Ashley Reilly finished third in the 60-meter hurdles, covering the distance in 10.08 seconds.
The Sea Gulls will return to action next Saturday, traveling to the John Covert Classic in Bethlehem, Pa.