Sea Gull men, women take second in Big Dawg Invitational

Sea Gull men, women take second in Big Dawg Invitational

BALTIMORE – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams competed in their second meet of the season on Saturday at the Big Dawg Invitational at UMBC, as the men and women both took second with 202 and 127.5 points, respectively.


The Sea Gulls totaled 17 top-five finishes on the day, paced by sophomores Meghan McGowan and Ashley Jackson, who both notched top placements in the high jump and triple jump, respectively.

McGowan, fresh off her fifth-place finish in the indoor national championships, took first with a 5' 3" leap, putting her right back near the top in the country; she now is tied for seventh with the height in Division III.

Jackson also moved into the top 10 in the nation at sixth, with her 36' 9" jump to take first and set a new school record. She bested the old record by six inches.

Jackson was joined in the triple jump by freshman Christine Randall, who finished third with a 34' 8" jump for a new personal record.

The women also took top-five placements in the long jump; Jackson placed second (16' 10") and Randall placed fourth (16' 5"). They were joined by senior Juliana Albano in fifth with a 15' 5" height.

The Sea Gulls garnered three other second-place finishes, all coming in field events. Sophomore Kathy Kammerer placed second in the pole vault with a 9' 10" vault, while sophomore Paige DeMent and freshman Nicole Bayer added seconds in the shot put and javelin throw, respectively. DeMent used a 41' effort, which now sits eighth in the country, and Bayer notched a 104' 2" toss.

Sophomore Tess Johnson also placed in the top five of the pole vault, taking fourth (8' 10").

Bayer was joined in the javelin by junior Shannon Gilligan's 102' 9" third-place heave.

In the track events, junior Lauren Snyder paced the team with top-five placements in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. She used a 26.50-second time for fourth in the 200, before running in 1:01.84 for third in the 400.

Salisbury performed strongly in the hurdles, as well, with sophomore Abby Richards taking third in the 100-meter hurdles (16.16 seconds) and sophomore Stephanie Bidle placing fifth in the 400-meter hurdles (1:11.01).

Freshmen Jessica Lane and Emily Plunkett garnered the Gulls' final two top-five finishes in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Lane took third (12:45.24), and Plunkett took fifth (12:55.72).


Junior Luke Campbell paced the Sea Gull men with two top placements in the meet, as the Gulls garnered five first-place efforts and 16 top-three finishes.

Campbell set the top time in the country with a 14.73-second race in the 110-meter hurdles, while taking over fourth in the nation with a 54.23-second time in the 400-meter hurdles for both of his first-place finishes.

Senior Devon Hopkins also tallied top-five efforts in the 110 and 400 hurdles, taking third in both with times of 15.48 seconds and 57.95 seconds, respectively, while his 110 time is now tied for 15th in the country.

Seniors Tyler Austin and Thomas Burke also notched top placements on the track side, with Austin taking first in the 200-meter dash (22.56 seconds), and Burke adding another in the 800-meter run (1:56.05). Burke now sits 15th in the country with his time.

Austin also took second in the 100-meter dash in 11.11 seconds. He was joined in the 200 by freshman Jerel Madison in second with a personal-record 22.59 seconds.

Madison followed the 200 by taking third in the 400-meter dash in 51.23 seconds, which is a new personal record.

Senior Dylan Burkett paced the field events for the Sea Gulls, taking first in the discus throw with a 149' 3" toss. He also placed third in the hammer throw with a 135' 8" heave. Burkett's discus distance sits 12th in the nation.

Also in the hammer, senior Jeffrey Jordan took second (158' 9") for a new personal best.

The throws continue to be a strong point for Salisbury, as senior Ryan DiPascale and sophomore Andrew Volz finished second and third in the shot put, respectively. DiPascale used a toss of 50' 4", which is now 10th in Division III, while Volz had a personal-record 46' 3" heave.

The Gulls added two placements in the top three in the jumps, as well, with junior Xavier Stinson finishing second in the high jump with a 6' 1" leap. Freshman Matthew Adedeji took third in the triple jump with a 41' 10" jump.

Salisbury returns to action on Friday, April 3 for day one of the Colonial Relays at College of William and Mary for a two-day event that will continue on Saturday, April 4.

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