NEW YORK – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams competed in the Eastern College Athletic Conference championships on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7, using the meet as a final push toward the NCAA Indoor Division III national championships.
The Sea Gulls men finished fourth overall at the meet in a field of 56 teams with 38 points, while breaking two school records and tying an ECAC championship meet record. The women's team also saw two school records fall.
Sophomore Meghan McGowan led the Sea Gulls with the team's highest finish of the meet, taking second in the high jump. She used a 5' 6.5" effort, breaking her own school record and putting herself into the top 10 in the country, tying for seventh.
The Gulls tallied two top-10 placements, as sophomore Paige DeMent notched seventh in shot put with a 41' 1" toss. She later tallied 27th in the weight throw with a 45' 10.5" heave.
The second school record fell in the 4x400-meter relay, which was run by freshmen Chanel Beaudoin and Christine Randall, sophomore Kelsey Larger, and junior Lauren Snyder; the team ran a time of 4:04.25, to break the previous record by more than three seconds. The team finished 15th in the event.
Taylor notched a 10' 10.25" effort for 15th in the vault, while Jackson took 12th in the triple jump with a 35' 10" leap.
Randall joined Jackson in the triple jump, taking 23rd with a 34' 2" leap.
Beaudoin came within .02 seconds of her own school record in the 60-meter dash, tying for 16th with a time of 7.95 seconds.
Junior Luke Campbell tallied his fourth win in the 60-meter hurdles on the year, tying the meet record with a time of 8.02 seconds in the effort.
Campbell then joined with freshmen Zach Schmelz, Eric Halton, and Jerel Madison to tally the Gulls' second first-place finish of the meet, taking the top spot in the 4x400-meter relay. The team broke the school record, running in 3:19.05 and besting the previous record by more than three seconds.
Senior Thomas Burke notched the second school record, taking second in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:53.14.
The Sea Gulls garnered seven top-10 placements in the meet, while Schmelz and senior Dylan Burkett both set personal records.
Schmelz posted a 49.75-second time in the 400-meter dash, taking fourth in the event, while Burkett finished ninth in the weight throw with a 55' 8.25" toss.
Senior Tyler Austin also grabbed a ninth-place finish, running the 60-meter dash in 7.09 seconds.
Senior Ryan DiPascale tallied Salisbury's fourth top-five finish, placing fourth in the shot put with a heave of 52' 2.5".
The team's final top-10 finish came in the triple jump, as sophomore Zack White tallied 10th with a 44' 11.75" effort.
The Sea Gulls now look forward to the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, along with the opening of the 2015 outdoor season. The first day of the indoor championships is set for Friday, March 13, while the Gulls will also be traveling to the University of North Carolina-Wilmington Invitational in Wilmington, North Carolina on the same day to begin the outdoor season.