NEW ORLEANS - The Salisbury University men's track & field team made a 13-spot jump in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association Division III computer rankings, taking over the No. 4 spot in the country, the organization announced on Tuesday.
The Sea Gulls garnered 100.56 points in the rankings, after a strong showing over the weekend to win their fourth-straight Capital Athletic Conference championship. The fourth spot is the highest ranking for Salisbury since the team reached No. 3 in the country during the 2010 season.
Salisbury was able to make its jump into the top five as four athletes moved into the top 15 in the nation in their events during the conference championships. The Sea Gulls also had both the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays take spots in the top seven in the country. Senior Tyler Austin took over the No. 5 spot in the 100-meter dash with his CAC championship meet record-breaking time, while junior Luke Campbell and senior Devon Hopkins moved to No. 3 and No. 5 in the 400-meter hurdles, respectively.
The rest of the top-five teams remained the same, with No. 1 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (215.69 points), No. 2 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (185.14 points), No. 3 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (122.50 points), and No. 5 Augustana (Ill.) College (93.81 points) all holding strong.
In the regional rankings, the Salisbury women's team moved up to No. 3 in the Mideast region with 231.35 points. The Sea Gull women finished second in the CAC championships over the weekend, while setting three school records and a conference title meet record.
The Salisbury men stand at No. 2 in the Mideast region with 307.08 points.
Salisbury is next in action at the Swarthmore College SWAT Last Chance Meet on Monday, May 11; the meet is set for 4 p.m.
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