Sea Gulls give strong showing at Patriot Games

Sea Gulls give strong showing at Patriot Games

FAIRFAX, Va. - The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams competed in the George Mason University Patriot Games this weekend, with day one action taking place on Friday and the event concluding on Saturday.

Friday's action consisted only of men's heptathlon and women's pentathlon events, as sophomore Will Fountain competed in the heptathlon for the Sea Gulls. Four of the events took place on Friday, with Fountain placing first in the non-Division I heat in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.32 seconds and third in the long jump with a distance of 18' 8.5", a new personal best.

The final three legs of the event took place on Saturday, as Fountain finished sixth in the pole vault with a jump of 11' 3.5" for his best event of the day. Overall, he finished eighth in the heptathlon with 3,486 points.

MEN

The Sea Gull men were led by senior Dylan Burkett, who notched the team's lone top finish on the day, placing first in the weight throw with a personal-record 52' 10" toss. He finished the meet with two top-five finishes, while SU garnered 10 total top-five placements.

Burkett also placed third in the shot put with a 50' 4" heave, while, teammate, senior Ryan DiPascale tallied a 50' 7.25" toss to take second in the event.

Senior Jeffrey Jordan added a third-place finish with a new personal record in the weight throw (47' 3.75") to give the Sea Gulls their fourth placement in the top five of the throwing events.

Salisbury had an athlete place in the top five of each of the jumping events, as well, as sophomore Zack White finished third in the long jump with a 21' 10.75" effort.

Senior Devon Hopkins followed with a new personal-best 43' 7.75" jump in the triple jump to finish fifth, while junior Xavier Stinson grabbed the fourth spot in the high jump with a 6' 4.25" effort.

In the track events, senior Thomas Burke notched a third-place finish in the one-mile run, finishing in 4:21.48, a new personal record.

Two SU relay teams finished in the top five, as well, as Burke, sophomore Thomas McIntyre, and freshmen Malcolm Milton and Ben Meister grabbed third in the distance medley with a time of 10:58.46.

Freshmen Zach Schmelz, Eric Halton, and Jerel Madison and Hopkins rounded out SU's day with a four-place effort in the 4X400-meter relay (3:26.82).

WOMEN

The Salisbury women's team saw its highest finish on the day come from sophomore Meghan McGowan, as she placed second in the high jump with a 5' 5.25" effort.

Sophomore thrower Paige DeMent notched two top-five placements for the Gulls with a 47" 1.5" toss in the weight throw for fourth and a 40' 5" heave in the shot put for fifth.

The Sea Gulls garnered two more top-10 placements on the women's side, as sophomore Sarah Taylor notched seventh in the pole vault with a 10' 8" leap

The 4x400-meter relay team of sophomores Stephanie Bidle and Delaney Tregoning and freshmen Chanel Beaudoin and Christine Randall grabbed eighth in the race, finishing in 4:16.28.

Beaudoin continued her day with a 16th-place finish in the 400-meter dash in 1:01.82, helping cap the Sea Gulls' day with three other top-20 finishes for a total of eight top-20 efforts in the meet.

Randall placed 15th in the triple jump (34' 3"), and sophomore Abby Richards placed 20th in the 60-meter hurdles (9.81 seconds). 

Salisbury now looks forward to the Vince Brown Invitational at Christopher Newport University on Sunday, February 8; the meet is set to begin at 9 a.m.

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