NEW YORK – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams saved some of the best performances of their careers for the biggest stage as a number of Sea Gulls traveled to New York City Saturday night for the Columbia Indoor Last Chance Meet, coming away with four school records.
Sophomore Luke Campbell broke the eight-second barrier in the 60-meter hurdles, taking the top spot in the event with the fastest Division III time in the nation this season at 7.97 seconds. Junior Devon Hopkins placed fourth in the field with a time of 8.56 seconds.
Junior George Martinez took nearly four seconds off of Eric Graves' school record in the mile run, which had stood since 2008 as Martinez finished the event in a blazing 4:15.12, to finish 14th. Graves' previous mark stood at 4:19.10. Junior Brandon Horning placed 21st in the field with a time of 4:23.84.
Junior Thomas Burke shaved time off his school record in the 800-meter run, finishing in 1:54.11, to place seventh. He last broke the record last season, with a time of 1:54.79. Sophomore Ian Wood finished 10th in the field with a time of 1:57.18.
Junior Dylan Burkett took the top spot in the shot put, with his best effort coming on his first throw of the night, covering 53' 7". That mark is good for 19th-best in Division III this season. Classmate Ryan DiPascale placed third with a top effort of 50' 1.5".
Junior Tyler Austin took second in the 60-meter dash, with a time of 6.92 seconds, just .15 of a second away from Delannie Spriggs' school record.
Sophomore Xavier Stinson finished third in the high jump, clearing 6' 6" and Campbell, Hopkins, Austin and Burke placed fourth in the 4x400-meter relay, with a time of 3:25.86.
Senior Kara Tolson picked up the 60/200 double, winning both events and breaking her own school record in the 200-meter dash, with a time of 25.90 seconds. Her time of 8.04 seconds in the 60-meter dash is less than a tenth of a second off her school record in that event.
Freshman Meghan McGowan cleared 5' 1.75" in the high jump to place third.
The Sea Gulls now await the announcement of the field of student-athletes invited to the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships next weekend in Lincoln, Neb. The selection announcement will be made Monday, March 10. Salisbury has four runners currently ranked in the top 20 in the nation in their respective events.