NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams kicked off their 2014-15 seasons with their first indoor meet, competing in the Christopher Newport University Holiday Open on Saturday.
The Sea Gulls saw three school records fall on the women's side in the meet.
The jumps proved to be a strong point for the Gulls, as sophomore Sarah Taylor followed with a fourth-place finish in the pole vault, reaching 10' 11.75". That effort gives Taylor a new Salisbury school record and personal best, breaking her own mark of 10' 6" from last season.
Taylor was joined by sophomore Kathleen Kammerer, who tied for ninth in the pole vault, reaching 9' 6.25".
Sophomore Ashley Jackson added two top-10 finishes in the long jump and the triple jump, tying for 10th (16' 8.5") and tallying fourth (37' 1.25"), respectively. Jackson tallied school records in both events, breaking Lindsey Metzler's 16' 2.5" mark in the long jump and Tara Greco's 35' 4.5" mark in the triple jump.
Freshman Christine Randall also finished in the top 10 of the triple jump with a 35' 6.75" effort for eighth.
The women grabbed top-10 placements in the shot put and the weight throw, as well, with freshman Nicole Bayer tossing 35' 8.5" in the shot put for fifth and 42' 5.25" in the weight throw for eighth.
Salisbury had three runners make the top 10 in the 800-meter run, taking seventh, eighth, and ninth. Sophomore Delaney Tregoning paced the team with a time of 2:30.87, while sophomore Jasmin Daniels and freshman Kathleen Kaste followed in 2:30.90 and 2:31.79, respectively.
The Sea Gull men were highlighted by a first-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles by junior Luke Campbell, marking SU's top finish of the meet. Campbell tallied an 8.08-second time in the preliminary race, before moving on to the final for the victory.
The men's team fared well in the jumps, as well, as junior Xavier Stinson and freshman Matthew Adedeji both started the Sea Gulls off with top-10 finishes in the high jump. Stinson placed sixth, jumping 6' 4", while Adedeji tied for ninth with a 6' 2" effort.
Adedeji added another top-10 finish, notching seventh in the triple jump (44' 4").
Sophomore Zachary White also grabbed two finishes in the top 10, leading the team in the triple jump in fourth place (45' 4.5") and the long jump in ninth (21' 6.25"). White was followed in the long jump by senior Devon Hopkins' 10th-place finish with a 21' 5.25" effort, a new person best for the upperclassmen.
Burkett added another top-10 finish in the shot put, finishing fourth with a 51' 9" toss, while senior Ryan DiPascale led the Gulls in the event in second (52' 7.5"). A third SU student-athlete finished in the top 10, as well, with sophomore Andrew Volz (43' 1.5") placing 10th.
Campbell tallied a top-10 placement in the 200-meter dash, as well, running in 22.76 seconds, just .02 seconds shy of his personal best.
Freshman Zachary Schmelz paced the Gulls in the 400-meter dash, as SU tallied two top-five finishes in the event, with a time of 51.05 seconds for second place, while freshman Eric Halton followed just .95 seconds later in fourth place (52.00 seconds).
Salisbury ended the day with two teams finishing in the top 10 in the 4x400-meter relay. The team of Hopkins, Schmelz, Campbell, and senior Tyler Austin placed second with a time of 3:27.87. Senior Blake Bussard, freshman Alieu Cole, junior Jerel Madison, and Halton notched a 10th-place finish for the Gulls in 3:34.62.
The Sea Gulls will be in action again after the New Year in the Collegeville Classic at Ursinus College on January 23; the meet is set to begin at 3 p.m.