Taylor breaks pole vault record; Austin, Stinson finish sixth at Princeton's Howell Invitational

Taylor breaks pole vault record; Austin, Stinson finish sixth at Princeton's Howell Invitational

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams traveled north for the two-day Sam Howell Invitational on Friday and Saturday, hosted by Princeton University. Salisbury was one of just a few Division III schools in the field, coming home with three top-10 finishes and a school record.


Junior Tyler Austin ran a time of 11.03 seconds in the 100-meter dash to place sixth, tied for the men's team's top finish. Austin also finished 18th in the 200-meter dash, with a time of 22.42 seconds.

Sophomore Xavier Stinson cleared 6' 2.75" to finish sixth in the high jump.

Junior Devon Hopkins took a 12th-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles, crossing the line in 15.36 seconds. He also took 17th in the 400-meter hurdles, with a time of 56.46 seconds.

Sophomore Eric Wood finished 13th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing in a career-best time of 9:40.81. Wood's time is good for one of the top 20 times in the nation this season.

Junior Dylan Burkett earned a 14th-place finish in the shot put with his best distance of 48' 4" and finished 19th in the hammer throw, with his best effort covering 145' 5".

Freshman Zack White placed 11th in the triple jump, with a top effort of 43' 6.5" and took 19th in the long jump, covering 20' 3.75".


Freshman Sarah Taylor, who made a habit of breaking the school record in the pole vault during the indoor season, broke the outdoor record in her fourth meet this season, clearing 10' 10". The mark is four inches better than the previous record, held by Rachel Knapstein since 2007. Taylor placed 10th in the event on Saturday.

Sophomore Shannon Gilligan placed 11th in the javelin, with her top distance being 114' 2".

Senior Kara Tolson earned a 17th-place finish in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 25.55 seconds as one of the top 15 times in the nation this season. She also completed the 100-meter dash in 12.70 seconds to take 19th place.

Tolson joined classmate Alex Greissinger, junior Ameera Teal and sophomore Lauren Snyder to take 15th in the 4x400-meter relay, finishing in 4:08.16.

The Sea Gulls return to action next Saturday, April 12, traveling to the Johns Hopkins University/Loyola University Invitational in Baltimore.

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