Men take first, women third in Johns Hopkins/Loyola Invitational

Men take first, women third in Johns Hopkins/Loyola Invitational

BALTIMORE - The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams continued their successful 2015 seasons at the Johns Hopkins/Loyola Invitational at Johns Hopkins University on Saturday. The men's team took first in the meet with 181 points, while the women placed third with 93.5 points.


The Sea Gull women were led by two first-place finishes, as sophomore Meghan McGowan took the top spot in the high jump with a 5' 7.75" leap; with the effort, she set a new school record by more than one inch and moved into a tie for second in the country.

The second top finish came from sophomore Paige DeMent with a personal-best 143' 2.5" toss in the hammer throw. DeMent tallied another one of the Gulls' top-six finishes in the meet, taking second in the shot put with a 40' 4.25" heave.

Sophomore Ashley Jackson and junior Kate Forte also notched second-place finishes in the triple jump and hammer throw, respectively.

Jackson used a 36' 1.5" jump for her placement, while Forte had a 126' toss in the hammer.

Jackson also tallied second in the long jump with a 17' 3.25" effort.

The throws proved to be a big part of the Sea Gulls' success, as junior Shannon Gilligan tallied another one of Salisbury's top placements. She used a 115' 1.75" throw in the javelin to take third in the event.

Sophomore Abby Richards notched another third-place finish for Salisbury in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing the race in 16.45 seconds.

The women have five other athletes place in the top five of their events, as freshman Chanel Beaudoin tallied the other in the track events; she took fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.92 seconds.

DeMent notched her third finish in the top five, taking fourth in the discus throw, using a 104' 2.25" toss, while sophomore Sarah Taylor also took a fourth-place finish. Taylor used a 10' 6" effort in the pole vault for her placement.

The Sea Gulls rounded out the day with two fifth-place finishes in the meet. One came from freshman Kaitlin Isabell, as she tied for the placement in the high jump with a person-record 4' 11.5" leap, and the second came from Forte in the javelin, as she used a 99' 8" heave.


The 11th-ranked men's team had a big day with its top seven placements all being first-place finishes, as seniors Thomas Burke and Dylan Burkett and junior Luke Campbell all tallied two each. 

Burke notched first in the 800- and 1,500-meter runs. He took the 800 in 1:54.22, his best time of the 2015 season to move in the No. 12 spot in the country, and he ran the 1,500 in 4:01.21.

Campbell continued the strong day in the track events, taking first in the 110- and 400-meter hurdles. His time of 52.65 seconds in the 400 hurdles moves him to third in the country in the event. Campbell took the 110-hurdles race with a time of 14.89 seconds.

Burkett earned his top placements in the shot put and the hammer throw, setting a personal-best 165" 1" heave in the hammer. He paired that with a 47' 6.5" toss in the shot put.

Freshman Zach Schmelz earned his first individual win of the season in the 400-meter dash, taking the top spot in 49.69 seconds.

The Sea Gulls also took first in the 4x400-meter relay, as Campbell and senior Devon Hopkins teamed with freshmen Eric Halton and Schmelz for a time of 3:17.08, moving the team to No. 4 in the country with the time.

Salisbury had numerous other finishes within the top three of events, with seniors Tyler Austin, Hopkins, and Jeffrey Jordan tallying second-place finishes.

Hopkins set a personal record in the long jump with a 22' 3.75" leap for his placement, before Jordan took his second in the hammer throw with a 157' 8.5" toss.

Hopkins added a third-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing in 54.61 seconds

Austin notched second in the 200-meter dash with a 22.48-second time.

Sophomore Thomas McIntyre finished out the day in the track events with a third-place finish in the 800-meter run, running in a time of 1:56.09 to set a personal record.

The strong day for the throws was capped by sophomore Andrew Volz  and Burkett. Volz took third in the shot put, with a 44' 11.5" heave, while Burkett added to his day with third in the discus throw with a 135' 5.75" toss.

Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, April 18 at Christopher Newport University for the Captains' Classic; the meet is set for 9 a.m.

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