DELAWARE, Ohio – Salisbury University men's track & field sophomore Luke Campbell blazed a school record and junior Dylan Burkett had a strong showing in his first championship appearance on Friday at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Campbell not only ran a school-record time and was the top qualifier for Saturday's championship in the 110-meter hurdles, an event he won at last year's championships for his first national title, but his time of 13.91 seconds made him the first student-athlete in school history to break the 14-second barrier, and it is the seventh-fastest time in Division III history.
The Brunswick, Md., native's time is .15 of a second faster than his previous fastest mark, and was .22 of a second faster than the next closest competitor in the field on Friday.
Campbell won his heat (one of three in the event) by .67 of a second.
Burkett, who was competing at the championships for the first time in his career, placed 14th in the shot put, with a top effort of 52' 4", after coming in seeded 15th. The College Park, Md., native's top throw came on his first effort, before fouling on his next two attempts.
The throw was the third-best performance of Burkett's career.
Campbell will compete for two national championships on Saturday, during the final day of the event. He will contend for the 110-meter hurdles at 2:40 p.m., looking to defend that title, and 90 minutes later, will battle for the 400-meter hurdles title, at 4:10 p.m. He is the top qualifier in each eight-man field.