LINCOLN, Neb. – Salisbury University sophomore Luke Campbell and junior Tyler Austin both advanced to the final day of the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, making the cut in their respective events on Friday afternoon at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Campbell got the day started for Salisbury, running in the second heat of the 60-meter hurdle preliminary, blazing a school record time of 7.93 seconds. His start was the best in his heat, clearing the first hurdle before the other six competitors, and no one came close to the Brunswick, Md., native. The 7.93 seconds is tied for the fastest time in the history of the Division III Indoor Championships and tied for the second-fastest Division III time ever.
Campbell will run in the finals of the event, as the fastest qualifier, on Saturday, March 15. Only one other runner broke the eight-second mark in the preliminary round. Terrence Gibson of Worcester State University, the defending national champion in the event, was the top finisher in the first preliminary heat, finishing in 7.95 seconds, which stood as the fastest time in Division III this season until Campbell completed his run.
The eight finalists will run for a national championship on Saturday, beginning at 3:05 p.m., eastern time.
Austin made his run just over an hour after Campbell, qualifying for the finals in the 60-meter dash. Austin entered the championships with the slowest qualifying time in the field, but bolted to the seventh-fastest time in the qualifying round, with a personal-best time of 6.84 seconds.
The top qualifier for Saturday's final is University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Thurgood Dennis, who ran a 6.75-second time in the same heat as Austin. The time matches Dennis' qualifying time for the championships.
The 60-meter dash final will begin at 4:15 p.m., eastern time.