Flying High: Sea Gulls take fourth overall in outdoor championships; Campbell adds two more national titles

Flying High: Sea Gulls take fourth overall in outdoor championships; Campbell adds two more national titles

CANTON, N.Y. – Junior Luke Campbell added two more national championships to his trophy case on Saturday in the 2015 NCAA Division III outdoor track & field national championships. Campbell led the men's team to a fourth-place overall finish with 31 points, while the Sea Gulls tallied 13 All-American honors in the meet and set four school records.

"I'm just elated," Head Coach Jim Jones said. "To finish fourth among some quality competition from around the country, I just couldn't be happier; we pretty much had almost a perfect meet. This is as close to perfection as you can probably get."

Campbell tallied his third-straight national title in the 110-meter hurdles, before taking his second-straight championships in the 400-meter hurdles. With the wins, he garnered two more All-American honors.

"As always, it really hasn't hit me yet," Campbell said. "I know that in a couple weeks I will start to feel the sensation of what has happened."

In the 110 hurdles, Campbell held a slight lead through the first five hurdles, before kicking into high gear to pull away from the pack in the final stretch. Crossing the finish in 13.63 seconds, he broke his own school record from last year's championships by .19 seconds and set the second-best all-time mark for Division III.

"I knew that if I got off to a good start and was clean over the hurdles it would be a great race," Campbell added. "I didn't expect to get so far ahead, but there was a moment I realized I was pulling away, and I thought to just keep the momentum going and finish strong."

Campbell then took first in the 400 hurdles in 50.57 seconds, setting a stadium record for St. Lawrence University's Merrick-Pinkard Track. The title now gives the Brunswick, Maryland native seven total national championships and three this season, as he won the 60-meter hurdles championship during the 2015 indoor championships. This is the second-straight season that Campbell has won all three hurdles championships in the same season.

Senior Devon Hopkins also ran in the 400 hurdles, finishing in eighth in 52.75 seconds. He earned his first All-American status with the placement.

The Sea Gulls also set school records in both relay finals, beginning the day with the 4x100-meter relay, placing sixth in the event. Campbell, senior Tyler Austin, junior Jerel Madison, and freshman Zach Schmelz posted a 41.01-second time to break the previous record by .03 seconds and earn All-American status.

Salisbury ended the day with the 4x400-meter relay, as Campbell, Hopkins, Schmelz, and freshman Eric Halton posted a time of 3:13.33 to place fifth. The team earned All-American status and broke the school record by .70 seconds.

"It definitely puts things in perspective when you're not just running for yourself," Campbell said. "With the fourth-place finish, it is a whole different feeling to accomplish something with your teammates."

The relays gave Campbell his third and fourth All-American awards of the season, while Schmelz, Hopkins, and Austin all tallied two.

Austin placed eighth in the 100-meter dash to earn his second All-American, running the race in 10.43 seconds. With the time, he set a new school record by .05 seconds.

Senior Dylan Burkett rounded out the successful meet for the Sea Gulls, finishing seventh and earning his first All-American in the shot put. His final throw of the day earned him the spot and set a personal-best 54' 9.25" throw.

Sophomore Meghan McGowan represented the Salisbury women's team at the championships in the high jump. She finished ninth with her highest jump coming in a 5' 5.25".

"Meghan did a really good job. I thought she competed awfully well," Jones said. "She had a very good championship, and I know she will learn from this, take it with her next year, and be on that awards' stand in 2016."

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