SWARTHMORE, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams traveled to the Swarthmore Final Qualifier on Monday evening, bringing a number of select student-athletes looking to improve their national standing and their chances for an invitation to the NCAA Division III Track & Field Outdoor Championships. The Sea Gulls earned a school record and a number of personal records at the meet.
Junior Thomas Burke, who was sitting outside of the top 20 in the nation entering the day in the 800-meter run, broke his own school record and moved up to number 18 nationally, just inside the top 20, the standing needed to make the championship meet. His time of 1:51.95 was more than a second faster than his previous record of 1:53.08, which he set last year. Burke placed eighth with his time on Monday.
Junior Dylan Burkett also made a jump into the ranks of the potential qualifiers, with a season-best effort in the shot put of 53' 11", which currently stands 12th in the nation, he placed third, as the top Division III student-athlete in the field. Burkett was also the top Division III performer in the hammer throw, with his top distance covering 154' 9".
Junior Tyler Austin earned a pair of top-10 finishes, placing fourth in the 200-meter dash, with a season-best time of 21.95 seconds, and sixth in the 100-meter dash, with a time of 10.93 seconds.
Junior Devon Hopkins had two strong showings, placing fourth in each of the hurdle events. Hopkins ran a time of 15.11 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles and a time of 53.60 in the 400-meter hurdles.
Sophomore Eric Wood just missed his season-best time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, covering the distance in 9:37.63.
Senior Kara Tolson earned a pair of top-10 finishes on Monday, placing third in the 200-meter dash, with a time of 25.84, and seventh in the 100-meter dash (12.83 seconds).
Senior Sadie Mangold placed fourth in the hammer throw, covering 152' 0", her best effort this year, while classmate Alex Greissinger finished ninth in the 400-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 1:06.32.
Junior Ashley Reilly came home in the seventh place in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.35 seconds.
Junior Ameera Teal ran a season-best time of 1:01.15 in the 400-meter dash to take a 14th-place finish.
Some of the Sea Gulls will have one last opportunity at improving their marks this Friday as the SU Track & Field plays host to the Salisbury Last Chance Meet.