SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams made their final push toward the NCAA Division III national championships on Friday afternoon, as the Sea Gulls hosted the Salisbury University Elite Final Qualifying Meet at the SU Track.
The Salisbury men were paced by senior Dylan Burkett, who moved into the top 25 in the country in two events by taking first in the shot put and the discus throw. In the shot put, Burkett set a personal-record 54' 5.5" toss, moving into 14th in the country. He began the day with a 160' 11" heave in the discus to take the No. 24 spot in the country.
Sophomore Andrew Volz took second in the shot put with a 48' 6.25" heave, setting a new personal best.
The Sea Gulls tallied four other first-place finishes in the track events, beginning with the 4x100-meter relay. Senior Tyler Austin, junior Luke Campbell, and freshmen Zach Schmelz and Jerel Madison ran in 41.24 seconds to set a record for the quartet and move to ninth in the country.
Campbell then notched first in the 400-meter hurdles in 52.71 seconds, and Schmelz took first in the 400-meter dash with a personal-record 48.63-second time.
Halton also tied his personal best in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.27 seconds to take second.
Senior Thomas Burke grabbed the fourth top finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:52.98.
Fountain made big strides in the pole vault, setting a new personal record by more than two feet with a 14' 10" vault; he also only came two inches short of the current school record.
The Salisbury women were paced by sophomore Paige DeMent, placing second in the shot put and hammer throw. DeMent set a personal record in the hammer with a 146' 1" toss, while using a 41' 8.5" heave in the shot put.
Taylor then led a strong effort in the pole vault by tying her own school record with an 11' 2.5" vault.
Sophomore Kathy Kammerer tied a personal record to take fourth (10' 2.75") in the pole vault, while sophomore Tess Johnson and junior Sierra Crist set personal bests. Johnson finished sixth with a 10' 2.75" jump, while Crist placed seventh with a 9' 9" vault.
The Gulls' final personal record was set by sophomore Makiah Green in the 400-meter dash, finishing fifth in a time of 1:03.31.
Salisbury now looks to the NCAA Division III selection release that will come out Sunday, May 17 at 9 a.m. Log on to www.suseagulls.com for more information, as it becomes available.