TOWSON, Md. – The Salisbury University track and field teams traveled to the Goucher Classic on a rain-filled Saturday, claiming first place overall for both men and women, as the teams combined for 17 top finishes in 33 events.
The No. 9 men's track and field team recorded 275 points, beating second-place Montgomery College by 164 points and taking first place out of 11 teams, as it claimed 11 top finishes in 16 events.
Junior Jeremy Skarda started up the men's events with a top finish in the 10,000-meter run, racing for a time of 34:11.90. Skarda outran the second-place finisher by 48 seconds to claim the first 10 points for the Sea Gulls. Freshman Connor Hesselbirg came across the line for a third-place finish with a time of 35:51.08 for six points.
In the 100-meter dash, junior Tyler Austin qualified for the finals with a time of 11.19, racing for the second-best time behind Stevenson's Devonte Williams. Austin would better his qualifying time for a top finish in the finals, beating out Williams by .006 seconds with a time of 10.973 for 10 points.
Junior Devon Hopkins claimed first place in the 110-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line at the 15.96 mark, beating out his second-place contender by .67 seconds.
In the 400-meter dash, sophomore Jarrell Young fell short of a top finish by just over two seconds, claiming third place and six points with a time of 53.04. Junior Blake Bussard competed in the 400-meter hurdles, racing for a time of 59.67 for a first-place finish and 10 points.
Freshman Zack White added another top finish for Salisbury in the 200-meter dash, beating out Stevenson's Williams by .25 seconds on a time of 22.26.
Salisbury would record first and second place in the 5,000-meter run for a total of 18 points, as freshman Matt Hoerr and senior Nick Hanifee finished with times of 16:18.24 and 16:30.40, respectively.
In the field events, junior Jeffrey Jordan and freshman Andrew Volz threw for second- and third-place finishes in the hammer throw. Jordan hurled for 43.20 meters, .53 short of first place, while Volz tossed for 37.63 meters.
Junior Ryan DiPascale recorded the first top finish in the field events, throwing for 50.30 meters in the javelin throw, almost a full meter further than the second-place contender.
Zack White and Hopkins jumped for second and third place in the long and triple jumps, garnering 28 total points between the two events. White finished with a distance of 6.40 meters in the long jump and 13.06 meters in the triple jump, while Hopkins jumped for 6.20 and 12.51 meters, in respective events.
Freshman Jason White and sophomore Tyler Trainer soared for the top finishes in the pole vault, as White claimed first with a height of 3.50 meters, and Trainer came in for a close second with 3.35 meters.
Sophomore Xavier Stinson jumped for a height of 1.88 meters in the high jump to claim first place and 10 points, out jumping Goucher's Doug Falk by .10 meters.
Junior Dylan Burkett recorded the last top finishes for the Sea Gulls in the shot put and discus throw, throwing for 13.39 and 42.40, respectively. DiPascale tallied a second-place finish in the shot put with a heave of 13.10 meters, and Jordan tossed for 41.17 meters in the discus throw to take second.
The women's track and field team kicked off the Goucher Classic in the 100-meter dash, as sophomores Lauren Snyder and Kelsey Larger sprinted to times of 13.31 and 13.63 seconds for the top two finishes, respectively, for a total of 18 points.
Freshman Abby Richards (16.50) and junior Ashley Reilly (16.59) finished first and second in the 100-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line within .09 of each other for another 18 points for the Sea Gulls.
Junior Olivia Cloud raced for a time of 12:50.57 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to record eight points and second place, while freshman Delaney Tregoning fell just five-seconds short of a top finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:31.25 for eight points.
In the 400-meter hurdles, Salisbury claimed the top-three spots led by senior Alex Greissinger with a time of 70.98. Reilly and freshman Stephanie Bidle crossed the finish line for second and third on times of 74.37 and 74.86, respectively.
Freshman Jasmin Daniels recorded a top finish in the 200-meter dash for Salisbury, sprinting to a time of 28.12, while freshman Anna Van Zeijts capped off the track events in the 5,000-meter run with a second-place finish (20:08.33).
Senior Sadie Mangold opened up the field events for Salisbury with a third-place finish in the hammer throw, tossing for 36.33 meters and six points. Sophomore Shannon Gilligan tallied the first top finish in the field events in the javelin throw, heaving it for 34.08 meters, almost three meters further than second place, for 10 points.
Freshman Ashley Jackson fell just short of first place in the triple jump, recording a second-place finish with a length of 10.43 meters. Hagerstown's Samantha Johnson leaped for 10.48 meters to claim first.
The final top finish for Salisbury came in the pole vault by freshman Sarah Taylor (2.75), as the Sea Gulls placed in the top-seven spots for the event. Senior Nancy Gompers recorded a height of 2.75 for eight points, while sophomore Sierra Crist and freshmen Tess Johnson and Lauren Rogers all tallied five points apiece, finishing with heights of 2.45 meters, to round out the top-three finishes.
The women finished with a total score of 218 points, eclipsing the second-place team by 118 points, to finish first out of nine schools.
Salisbury is back in action Friday, April 5 for the two-day Sam Howell Invitational in Princeton, N.J.