NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams got their last regular-season look at the facilities at Pomoco Stadium before the Capital Athletic Conference championships in early May. The two-day New Captains' Classic began with a handful of events on Friday before dealing with cool, rainy conditions on Saturday.
Despite the conditions, Salisbury came up with a number of personal records and three event victories.
Salisbury claimed the top two spots in the discus with junior Jeffrey Jordan grabbing the top spot with a top distance of 137' 4", while freshman Andrew Volz took second with a personal best distance of 135' 4".
Senior Nathan Austin earned a win by nearly half a second in the 1,500-meter run, finishing in 4:05.94.
In just his second 110-meter hurdles race of the outdoor season, sophomore Luke Campbell won the event, with a time of 14.72 seconds, which is among the top-10 times in the nation this season, while junior Blake Bussard finished second in the 400-meter hurdles in 56.92 seconds as the top Division III finisher.
Junior Eric Wood just missed the win in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing in a career-best time of 9:33.47, less than half a second behind Christopher Newport's Daniel Richard.
Junior Ryan DiPascale finished second in the javelin throw, with his top effort covering 161' 10".
Junior Dylan Burkett continued his strong season, earning a third-place finish as the top Division III student-athlete in the hammer throw, with a career-best effort of 154' 9".
Freshman Zack White covered 21' 2" in the long jump, the top distance in his career, to place second.
Junior George Martinez placed second in the 800-meter run, finishing in 1:56.47.
In the pole vault, freshman Jason White cleared 13' 3.5" to finish third and Volz took third in the shot put, with a top distance of 46' 1.25". For Volz, he set a personal record by more than six feet.
Freshman Sarah Taylor led a group of seven Sea Gulls in the top nine of the pole vault. Taylor placed second, clearing 10' 4", while classmate Tess Johnson finished third (8' 10.25") followed by freshman Kathy Kammerer, senior Nancy Gompers and sophomore Sierra Crist in the top five.
Sophomore Shannon Gilligan placed third in the javelin, with a season-best performance of 117' 10", as the top Division III performer in the field.
Senior Alex Greissinger also grabbed a second-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles, with a time of 1:08.86, as the top Division III performer. Junior Ashley Reilly, placed third in the 100-meter hurdles, also the top Division III student-athlete, finishing in 16.23 seconds.
Freshman Ashley Jackson took third in the triple jump, with a top distance of 33' 6", half an inch shy of her career best.
The Sea Gulls will return to action this Thursday through Saturday for the historic Penn Relays in Philadelphia.