Burkett wins twice, moves up national lists as Gulls perform well at JHU/Loyola Invitational

Burkett wins twice, moves up national lists as Gulls perform well at JHU/Loyola Invitational

BALTIMORE – The men's and women's track & field teams traveled across the Bay Bridge, battling a competitive field at the Johns Hopkins University/Loyola University Invitational on Saturday.

The men finished as the top overall team, scoring 114 points, nearly 30 points clear of second-place Johns Hopkins. The women placed third among Division III squads and sixth overall with 75 points, one point out of fifth place.

Men

Junior Dylan Burkett put on a performance in three throwing events, as he moved up the national performance list. The College Park, Md., native won the shot put, with a top heave of 52' 3.25", which is just outside the top-10 performances nationally. Burkett won the discus with his best throw covering 161' 5.25", which is also near the top-10 nationally.

He also earned a second-place finish in the hammer throw, with a top effort of 149' 0.5"; he was the top Division III performer in the event.

Junior Jeffrey Jordan finished second in the discus, behind Burkett, with his top try covering 142' 3".

Junior Devon Hopkins earned a win in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in 14.99 seconds, breaking the 15-second mark for the first time in his career.

Sophomore Luke Campbell gave the Gulls the sweep of the hurdle events, winning the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 53.20 seconds, while Hopkins took second in 53.54 seconds. The next closest non-Sea Gull was nearly two seconds behind Hopkins.

Junior Thomas Burke took third in the 800-meter run, finishing in 1:54.18, among the top-15 times in the nation this season.

The 4x800-meter relay team earned a win, in 7:53.18, while the 4x100-meter relay team took a third-place finish, coming home in 42.31 seconds.

Sophomore Xavier Stinson placed third in the high jump, clearing 6' 2.75".

Women

Freshman Sarah Taylor broke her school record in the pole vault, clearing 11' 0.25", more than two inches clear of her previous mark she set last week.

Freshman Abby Richards was less than half a second off the school-record time in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing in second place with a time of 15.71 seconds, as the top Division III runner in the field.

Salisbury's 4x800-meter relay team placed second, finishing in 10:24.48.

The Sea Gulls will be back in action next Saturday, traveling to Newport News, Va., for the Captains' Classic hosted by Christopher Newport University.

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