NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams are becoming accustomed to the trip south to Christopher Newport University, having competed there twice during the indoor season entering Saturday's Vince Brown Invitational at the Freeman Center.
In the previous two meets, the Sea Gulls have come away with strong performances, and Saturday that trend continued, with two school records and three event victories.
Freshman Sarah Taylor broke the school's pole vault record for the third time this season, clearing 10' 6", half a foot clear of the previous school record she shared with junior Ashley Reilly. Taylor's performance was the best by a Division III athlete and second overall. Reilly placed sixth on Saturday, clearing 9' 6.25".
Salisbury picked up fifth- and sixth-place finishes in the 4x400-meter relay. The team of senior Kara Tolson, junior Ameera Teal, sophomore Lauren Snyder and freshman Jasmin Daniels placed fifth with a time of 4:15.55 while the quartet of sophomores Alex Greissinger and Kelsey Larger and freshmen Makiah Green and Stephanie Bidle crossed the line in 4:18.21.
Senior Sadie Mangold set a personal record in the weight throw by more than a foot, with a top distance of 43' 3.75".
Sophomore Luke Campbell cut .04 of a second off his school record in the 60-meter hurdles, posting a time of 8.07 seconds, which gave him the event victory and ties the lowest time in Division III this season.
The Sea Gulls picked up their final win in the 4x400-meter relay, as Campbell and juniors Devon Hopkins, Tyler Austin and Thomas Burke finished in 3:25.67, defeating second place Virginia Wesleyan College by more than four seconds. The team of sophomore Ian Wood and freshmen William Fountain, Carmelo Barresi and Christopher Faber took fifth in 3:34.56.
Wood claimed a third-place finish in the 800-meter run, finishing in 2:00.24, while sophomore Xavier Stinson took a fourth-place finish in the high jump, clearing 6' 4.25" and junior Dylan Burkett placed fourth in the weight throw with a top effort of 49' 2.25", as the top performer from a Division III institution.
Junior Tyler Austin finished fifth in the 200-meter dash in a time of 22.95 seconds, with Campbell placing sixth in 22.99.
Burke had a career-best time of 4:26.36 in the mile to finish in fourth place with junior Jeremy Skarda setting a personal record, placing fifth in the 5,000-meter run, finishing in 16:05.33 and Austin took fifth in the 200-meter dash in 22.95.
In the shot put, junior Ryan DiPascale placed fifth with a top effort of 48' 6.75".
Salisbury hopes its strong showings at CNU continue in two weeks when the Sea Gulls return to the Freeman Center for the Capital Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships on Feb. 22. Next Friday, Feb. 14, Salisbury's teams will get their last tune-ups before the CAC championships, at the Susquehanna Invitational.