NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams kicked off the 2015-16 indoor season on Saturday, traveling to Christopher Newport University for the CNU Holiday Open.
The Salisbury women got their season started off on a strong foot, breaking several personal records, while moving into the top 10 in the country in two events to start the season.
Junior Meghan McGowan tied for third in the high jump for one of the Sea Gulls' top finishes, setting the fifth-best height in the country of 5' 3". Junior Delaney Tregoning also set a national top-10 performance, placing fourth in the 800-meter run, sitting ninth in the country with a time of 2:27.89
In all, Salisbury finished the meet with seven top-five placements. Three of them came in the pole vault, with junior Sarah Taylor and sophomore Amanda Ellen tying for third with jumps of 9' 6.25"; the height was a personal best for Ellen. Junior Tess Johnson cashed in with a fifth-place leap of 9' 6.25" to also set a personal record.
Continuing its dominance in the pole vault, senior Sierra Crist placed sixth, tying a personal record with a 9' 0.25" vault. Junior Kathy Kammerer rounded out the jumps, placing eighth with a 9' 0.25" vault.
The Sea Gulls had a strong showing in the throws, as well, with sophomore Juliana Albano placing seventh in the weight throw and eighth in the shot put. She tossed a 42' 1.25" effort in the weight throw and a 33' 5.75" heave in the shot put. Senior Kate Forte also finished in the top 10 of the weight throw with a 39' 8.5" personal-record toss for ninth.
Sophomore Chanel Beaudoin added a pair of eighth-place finishes. She ran an 8.02-second race in the 60-meter dash, to go along with a 26.94-second finish in the 200-meter dash.
The Salisbury men tallied two first-place finishes in the meet, while three runners and a relay team moved into the top 10 in the country in three combined events.
Senior Luke Campbell, coming off of the 2014-15 NCAA Division III 60-meter hurdles national championship, picked right back up at CNU. He placed first in the race with a time of 8.14 seconds, putting him at second in the country.
Sophomore Zach Schmelz tallied the other top placement, taking first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.13 seconds; he ranks seventh in the country with the time. Classmate Eric Halton took third in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 51.39 seconds, good for 10th in the country.
Finishing in the top seven of three different events, sophomore Matthew Adedeji tallied a third spot in the triple jump (42' 5.5"), while tying for fourth in the high jump (6' 0") and placing seventh in the long jump (20' 4.25").
Sophomores Ryan Pappas and Jack McCloskey both tallied top-eight placements in the jumps, as well. Pappas tied for sixth in the pole vault with a 13' 9.25" leap, while McCloskey grabbed eighth in the long jump with a 20' 3" effort.
The Sea Gulls added four more top-eight finishes in the throws, led by a sophomore Duncan Ferrin, as he placed sixth in the weight throw; he set a personal record with a 46' 3.25" heave.
Junior Graham Hensley rounded out the day with seventh in the shot put with a personal-record 46' 2.75" heave.
Salisbury now awaits the new year for its next meet. The Sea Gulls will travel to Ursinus College for the Collegeville Classic on January 23, 2016; the meet is set to start at 9 a.m.