McGowan sets school record to lead strong meet in New Captains Classic

McGowan sets school record to lead strong meet in New Captains Classic

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams competed in the New Captains Classic at Christopher Newport University on Saturday, putting forth another strong showing with a multitude of high finishes for both teams.


Sophomore Meghan McGowan tallied one of the Sea Gull women's first-place finishes in the meet to help lead the team, while setting the school record in the high jump for the second-consecutive week. With her jump of 5' 8", she tied for first in the country, while besting her own previous record by a quarter of an inch.

The second top placement was garnered by junior Shannon Gilligan in the javelin throw with a new-personal-record 127' 9" toss.

The Sea Gulls tallied numerous other finishes within the top three to lead the way, as sophomore Paige DeMent notched two of them in the shot put and discus throw. DeMent took second in the shot put with a 42' 3.25" heave, before coming in third in the discus with a 115' 9" toss; she set personal records in both events.

Sophomores Sarah Taylor and Abby Richards grabbed the other two second-place finishes for Salisbury. Taylor used a 10' 11.75" effort in the pole vault for her finish, while Richards led the Sea Gulls in the track events with a 15.80-second race in the 100-meter hurdles.

Richards followed with a third-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 1:08.57.

Freshman Jessica Lane also took a high finish on the track side, racing in the 1,500-meter run. She finished third in the event with a 4:58.07 time, setting a new personal record.

The Sea Gulls' final placement in the top three came from sophomore Ashley Jackson in the triple jump, taking third with a 35' 6.5" leap.


The 12th-ranked Salisbury men were paced by sixth first-place finishes, with four of them coming in the throws.

Senior Ryan DiPascale tallied two of them in the shot put and javelin throw, using a 49' 9.25" heave in the shot put and a 164' 7" toss in the javelin.

The third came from senior Jeffrey Jordan in the discus throw with a 150' 7" toss. Jordan also notched a second-place finish with a 46' 2.5" heave in the shot put. He set personal records with both efforts.

Senior Dylan Burkett added the fourth in the hammer throw, notching a 162' 9" throw.

Junior Xavier Stinson took first in the high jump to cap the top placements in the field events for the Sea Gulls, using a 6' 4" leap.

The track events were led by senior Thomas Burke's first-place finish in the 800-meter run, as he took the No. 17 spot in the country with a time of 1:53.55.

Salisbury had two more second-place finishes, as freshman Matthew Adedeji tallied one in the triple jump. He grabbed the spot with a 44' 4" effort.

Sophomore Thomas McIntyre joined Burke in the 800, placing second with a personal-record 1:55.29 time.

Another notable finish for the Sea Gulls came from senior Tyler Austin, who placed third in the 200-meter dash with a 21.52-second time, moving into third in the country with the time and setting a personal record.

Salisbury will be back in competition on Thursday, April 23 for the first day of the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania; the start time for the three-day event is to be announced.

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