SALISBURY, Md. – Friday was the last opportunity for student-athletes to post times for qualification for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and the Sea Gulls hosted the Salisbury University Elite Final Qualifying Meet, as two Gulls improved to possibly earn a national championship berth.
Junior Tyler Austin, who competed in the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the 2013 national championship, ran the fastest time of his career, and moved up into the top 10 nationally in the 200-meter dash, with a time of 21.37 seconds. Austin won the event, and also claimed the top spot in the 100-meter dash, finishing in 10.75 seconds.
Devon Hopkins put the Sea Gulls in position to send two student-athletes to the national championships in the same event, as he moved up to seventh in the nation with a time of 52.61 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles; he placed second to sophomore Luke Campbell by .01 of a second. Campbell is currently the fourth-ranked runner in the event nationally.
Campbell also claimed the top spot on Friday in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in 14.18 seconds, while Hopkins placed third in 15.07 seconds.
Salisbury had the only three performers in the shot put and discus throw, with junior Dylan Burkett taking the top spot in each. Burkett's top throw in the discus covered 159' 9", while his top effort in the shot put was good for 53' 3".
Junior Ryan DiPascale finished second in the shot put, with his top effort covering 51' 10.5", while Volz also placed third in the shot put (44' 1.5").
Freshman Jason White finished fourth in the pole vault, clearing a top height of 13' 9.75", just shy of his season high.
Senior Alex Greissinger grabbed the top spot in the 400-meter hurdles, with a time of 1:06.86, while junior Ashley Reilly placed second in 1:07.70. Reilly also placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.15 seconds.
Senior Kara Tolson placed second in the 100-meter dash, in a time of 12.65 seconds and finished second in the 200-meter dash (25.36 seconds). Ameera Teal took fourth in the 200, with a time of 26.64 seconds.
Teal also finished second in the 400-meter dash, with a time of 1:01.14, a personal best for the Forestville, Md., native.
Freshman Kathy Kammerer cleared 10' 2.75" in the pole vault to take third.
The selections for the NCAA championship will be announced on Sunday, May 18.