WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track and field teams took part in the Colonial Relays at College of William and Mary on Friday and Saturday, with both team's finishing as the top Division III schools at the event.
The Sea Gulls had a strong showing in the meet, setting one school record and having numerous finishes as the top Division III representative the events.
The school record fell in the 4x100-meter relay, as freshmen Chanel Beaudoin and Christine Randall, sophomore Kelsey Larger, and junior Lauren Snyder teamed up for a 48.92-second time, good for 14th in the event. The time also puts the Sea Gulls at 12th in the country.
Salisbury was paced by three sixth-place finishes in the meet, as sophomore Meghan McGowan tied for sixth in the high jump (5' 5"), as the top DIII finisher, while tying for third in the country.
Junior Shannon Gilligan took sixth in the university flight of the javelin throw with a 116' 4" toss, as the best DIII finisher, and freshman Jessica Lane tallied sixth in the 5,000-meter run with a personal-best 18:43.07. She was the best DIII runner in her event.
Salisbury had an athlete in each javelin flight, with freshman Nicole Bayer competing in the championship flight; she finished 14th with a 110' 3" heave, as the best DIII distance.
Sophomore Ashley Jackson notched the Gulls' fourth top-10 finish, taking 10th in the triple jump, as the top DIII athlete with a 36' 5.5" distance.
Randall followed with the second-best DIII finish in the triple jump, taking 27th with a 34' 7.75" leap. She also was the best DIII finisher in the long jump, taking 24th in the event with a 17' 0.5" effort.
Beaudoin had a strong meet, as well, taking 22nd and 26th in the 400- and 200-meter dashes, respectively. She ran the 200 in 25.45 seconds, with the second-best DIII time, while setting a personal record and moving into No. 9 in the country.
Her 400 time of 58.63 seconds was the fourth-best DIII time and tied her for 23rd in the country.
The Salisbury men, ranked No. 12 nationally, also had a strong meet, with 15 athletes finishing in top-15 spots, led by junior Luke Campbell in the 110- and 400-meter hurdles. Campbell took over the top spot in the country in DIII with a second-place time of 14.07 seconds in the 110 hurdles. He then moved up to No. 2 in the country in DIII in the 400 hurdles with a 52.17-second race.
Senior Tyler Austin tallied a top-five placement on the track side, as well, taking fifth in the 100-meter dash. He was the top DIII finisher and moved to No. 13 in the country with a 10.85-second time.
The Sea Gulls' third top five in the track events came from sophomore Thomas McIntyre in the unseeded 800-meter dash in fifth (1:56.88), as the best DIII time.
Senior Thomas Burke ran in the seeded 800-meter run with a time of 1:55.02 for 14th, also tallying the top DIII time, giving SU both top times in Division III in the 800s.
The Salisbury relay teams had a good day, as well, in the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays, taking over the No. 5 spot in the country in the 4x400 and the No. 15 spot in the 4x100.
Campbell, Schmelz, and Madison teamed with freshman Eric Halton to take fifth in the 4x400, running in 3:17.95, as the top DIII team in the meet and the No. 5 team in the country.
In the field events, the Sea Gull throwers had a big day, as senior Dylan Burkett tallied three finishes in the top seven of the shot put, hammer, and discus throws; he competed in the championship flight of each event.
His best finish came in the discus with a 148' 5" toss, taking fifth, before taking seventh in the hammer (159' 1") and shot put (50' 8.25"). All three of his throws were the best among DIII participants.
Senior Jeffrey Jordan joined in the hammer and discus, taking 10th and 13th, respectively, as the second-best DIII athlete in both. He notched a 151' 9" heave in the hammer and a 128' 11" toss in the discus.
The big throws continued with senior Ryan DiPascale. DiPascale finished eighth in the javelin championship flight with a 159' 8" throw, as the second-best DIII performer, and he took 10th in the shot put, also as the second-best DIII athlete, with a 49' 9" heave.
Salisbury's strong field events were rounded out by freshman Matthew Adedeji in the triple jump, taking fifth (44' 5.25"). He had the best DIII jump in the meet, with moving up to No. 18 in the country and setting a personal record.
Salisbury travels to Johns Hopkins University for the Johns Hopkins/Loyola Invitational on Saturday, April 11 for its next action; the meet is set for 9 a.m.