Sea Gull men take first, women fourth at Collegeville Classic

Sea Gull men take first, women fourth at Collegeville Classic

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams traveled to Ursinus College on Friday for the Collegeville Classic and the teams' first meets of 2015, as the men's team earned 138 points to finish first overall at the meet and the women placed fourth with 47 points.

Men

The men's team was highlighted by six first-place finishes on the day, while tallying 17 top-five placements.

Junior Luke Campbell led the Gulls with top finishes in the 400-meter dash and the 60-meter hurdles, winning the 400 by more than a second with a time of 49.50 seconds. He followed in the hurdles with a time 8.13 seconds, just over three-tenths of a second faster than the competition.

Senior Tyler Austin began the meet for the Gulls with a first-place finish in the 60-meter dash, running in a time of 7.05 seconds, crossing the finish in one-hundredth of a second faster than second place.

SU added one more top finish on the track side, as senior Thomas Burke won the 800-meter run in a time of 1:56.41.

In the field events, the Gulls pulled in firsts in the high jump and shot put. Junior Xavier Stinson paced the high jump with a 6' 6.75" effort, while senior Dylan Burkett added a win in the shot put with a 47' 9.75" toss.

Salisbury added another pair of top-five finishes in the 400-meter dash and the 60-meter hurdles, as freshman Zach Schmelz placed second in the 400 with a time of 50.87 seconds, just over a second behind Campbell to take the first-two spots.

Senior Devon Hopkins placed fifth in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.78 seconds for the first of his two top-five placements. He later finished fourth in the triple jump with a 41' 10" effort.

The long jump and triple jump proved to be successful events for the Gulls, as sophomore Zack White and freshman Matthew Adedeji both placed in the top five of both events. White garnered second in both with a 21' 10.75" jump in the long jump and a 43' 8.5" effort in the triple jump.

Adedeji placed fourth in the long jump with a 21' 2.75" jump, and he joined White and Hopkins in the triple jump with a third-place finish with a 42' effort.

Senior Ryan DiPascale joined Burkett in the shot put with a second-place finish, as SU took the top-two spots of the event; DiPascale grabbed second with a 47' 6.25" heave.

Salisbury added individual top-five finishes in the 200-meter dash and the 5,000-meter run, along with a team top five in the 4x800-meter relay.

Sophomore Carmelo Barresi grabbed third in the 200, running in 23.04 seconds, before senior Nick Hanifee ran the 5,000 in 16:31.80, good for fifth. The team of junior Thomas McIntyre, freshmen Malcolm Milton and Ben Meister, and Burke came in third in the 4x800 with a time of 8:19.95.

Women

The SU women notched eight top-five finishes in the meet, as sophomores Paige DeMent and Ashley Jackson led the team with one second-place finish, each.

DeMent took second in the shot put with a 38' 8.25" toss, while Jackson added her second-place finish in the triple jump with a 35' 0.5" effort.

Jackson tallied another top-five finish in the long jump, as she placed fifth with a 16' 3.25" jump.

Freshman Christine Randall joined Jackson in the top five of both jumps, placing fourth in the long jump (16' 3.75") and fifth in the triple jump (34' 1.5").

Sophomore Meghan McGowan notched third in the high jump with a 5' 1" effort for the Gulls' sixth individual top-five effort.

SU also took top-five placements in the 4x400- and 4x800-meter relays. The team of freshmen Chanel Beaudoin and Erica Monterio and sophomores Abby Richards and Stephanie Bidle placed fourth in the 4x400 with a time of 4:23.65.

Junior Laura Hartman, sophomore Delaney Tregoning, and freshmen Emily Plunkett and Jessica Lane followed with a third-place finish in the 4x800 relay in a time of 10:47.98.

The Sea Gulls now look forward to traveling to the George Mason University Open, a two-day event that begins on Friday, January 30 at 10 a.m. Day two begins the very next day at 10 a.m.

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