Campbell, Austin selected for NCAA Indoor Championships

Campbell, Austin selected for NCAA Indoor Championships

INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA revealed the field for the 2014 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships on Monday morning and Salisbury University will be represented in two events.

Sophomore Luke Campbell and junior Tyler Austin will each make the trip to the championships in Lincoln, Neb., this weekend.

Campbell, a three-time All-American as a freshman, will contend for his second national championship, as he is the top qualifier in the 60-meter hurdles. Campbell is one of just two student-athletes to run the race in less than eight seconds this season, posting the nation's best time of 7.97 seconds, the fourth-fastest time in Division III history, this past Saturday night at the Columbia Indoor Last Chance Meet.

Campbell placed seventh in the event at the 2013 championships, finishing in 8.27 seconds, then a school record. The Brunswick, Md., native broke his own record four times this season, cutting the time to 7.97 seconds. He will be chased by Terrence Gibson from Worcester State University, the defending national champion in the event, and the only other runner under eight seconds this year, with a time of 7.99 seconds.

Campbell won his first national championship in the 110-meter hurdles at the Outdoor Championships last May.

Austin will make his second trip to a national championship, and his first to an indoor championship weekend, after qualifying in the 60-meter dash. Austin made the cut tied for the 13th-seeded runner in the field, having completed the race in 6.90 seconds at the Capital Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships on Feb. 22.

Austin's time is just .15 of a second off the pace of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Corey Broussard and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Thurgood Dennis, the top qualifiers, who each ran the 60-meter dash in 6.75 seconds this season.

The Bowie, Md., native qualified for the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last May, placing 16th in the 100-meter dash and 18th in the 200-meter dash.

Campbell will be first in action for the Sea Gulls, running his 60-meter hurdles preliminary on Friday, March 14 at 3:10 p.m., east coast time. Austin's preliminary race will begin at 4:30 p.m.

The 60-meter hurdles final will take place on Saturday, March 15 at 3:05 p.m., east coast time, with the 60-meter dash final going off at 4:15.

To visit the championships website, click here.

To see the entire list of qualifiers, click here.

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