PHILADELPHIA – A small group of student-athletes from the Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams had the opportunity to run at the 120th Penn Relays over the past three days, earning program and season-best performances.
One of the highlights of the weekend was sophomore Luke Campbell breaking the school record in the 110-meter high hurdles on Friday afternoon. The Brunswick, Md., native ran a time of 14.21 seconds, which is the fastest in the nation in Division III this season, and broke the previous Salisbury record, which had stood since 2010, by .06 of a second.
Campbell was the only Division III runner in a field of 25 student-athletes, the rest of which were from Division I institutions; Campbell placed 14th in the event, beating runners from such schools as Penn State University, Auburn University, and Texas Tech University. His time of 14.21 seconds would have been good enough to win nine of last 13 NCAA Division III National Championships in the event.
On Saturday afternoon, in Salisbury's final event of the weekend, the men's 4x800-meter relay team of juniors George Martinez and Thomas Burke and sophomores Ian Wood and Eric Wood shattered the school record, finishing in 7:37.20, cutting nearly 10 seconds off the SU mark set last season of 7:46.50.
The team was able to not only break the school record, but won their heat, placing ninth in a field of 26 teams overall. Salisbury was the only Division III team in the field, beating out teams like Harvard University, Rutgers University, and the University of Michigan.
Martinez kicked things off with his leg of 1:56.02, followed by Ian Wood's 1:53.79 and Eric Wood's 1:55.24 before Burke finished things off with a blistering anchor leg of 1:52.17 for the school-record time.
Thursday night, senior Alex Greissinger, junior Ameera Teal, sophomore Lauren Snyder, and freshman Makiah Green ran the fastest time for the program this season in the 4x400-meter relay. The quartet placed fifth in their heat with a time of 4:05.31. The time is the fastest for a Salisbury women's relay since the Capital Athletic Conference championships in 2012.
In the men's 4x400-meter relay, the Salisbury team of juniors Tyler Austin, Devon Hopkins, and Blake Bussard, and sophomore Jarrell Young placed fifth in their eight-team heat, with a time of 3:30.53.
The event was the final tune-up for the Sea Gulls prior to next week's Capital Athletic Conference championships on Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4 at Christopher Newport University.