NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – At the site of the Capital Athletic Conference championships later this month, the Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams competed on Sunday, at the Vince Brown Invitational, hosted by Christopher Newport University, and the Sea Gulls came away with a number of top-10 finishes and student-athletes climbing in the national rankings.
Junior Luke Campbell came up with a big performance, completing three races which rank in the top 15 nationally this season. The four-time national champion won the 400-meter dash, with a time of 49.41 seconds, and the 60-meter hurdles, with a time of 8.05 seconds. He was the only Division III competitor to advance to the 10-man finals in the hurdles, with his time ranking second in the nation this year. His 400 time is 11th fastest in the country.
Freshman Zach Schmelz took fourth in the 400, with a time of 50.58 seconds; he and Campbell were the only two Division III runners in the top nine in the race.
Campbell also placed fifth in the 200-meter dash, with a time of 22.38 seconds, which ranks 12th in the nation this year.
Senior Thomas Burke also made a move in the national rankings, climbing to 15th fastest, with a second-place finish in the 800-meter run, covering the distance in 1:55.19. Junior teammate Thomas McIntyre placed fifth in 1:59.72, as the Sea Gull pair comprised the top two Division III student-athletes in the field.
Burke also picked up a strong finish in the 3,000-meter run, placing fifth in 9:02.78.
Senior Dylan Burkett led the Sea Gulls in the field events, with a third-place finish in the weight throw, covering 52' 9.25", while taking fifth in the shot put (47' 1").
Senior Devon Hopkins finished ninth in the triple jump, covering 43' 11.75", while Adedeji was 10th with a top distance of 43' 2.5".
Freshman Ben Van Bloem finished 10th in the pole vault, clearing 11' 7.75".
Sophomore Meghan McGowan was the top Division III finisher, and placed second overall, in the high jump, clearing 5' 3.75", which is just over two inches short of her own school record.
Sophomore Paige DeMent had two strong showings, placing third in the shot put and eighth in the weight throw. She was good for a distance of 40' 11" in the shot put, and her top mark of 46' 2.75" in the weight throw was third among Division III competitors.
Sophomore Ashley Jackson claimed fifth place in the triple jump, covering 35' 11.5", and was the top Division III competitor in the field. Freshman Christine Randall finished eighth in the event, with a top distance of 35' 2".
Jackson came up just two and a half inches short of her school record in the long jump, placing 13th with a top distance of 16' 6".
Sophomore Sarah Taylor matched her school record in the pole vault, clearing 10' 11.75", to place fifth, while the Sea Gulls were led on the track by sophomore Abby Richards and freshman Jessica Lane, who each placed 16th. Richards did so with a time of 9.76 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles and Lane finished the one-mile run in 5:27.85. Lane was the third-fastest Division III finisher in her event.
Freshman Chanel Beaudoin finished 20th overall in the 60-meter dash, but was the top Division III competitor in a field of more than 58 runners, with a time of 8.18 seconds.
The Sea Gulls return to action this Saturday, February 14, at the Susquehanna Invitational.