FAIRFAX, Va. - In their first action of the new year, the Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams traveled to George Mason University for a two-day meet on Friday and Saturday in the George Mason Open Patriot Games. The women's pentathlon and the men's heptathlon took place on Friday evening, with the rest of the individual events and relays taking place on Saturday.
The Sea Gull women finished the meet with nine top-10 efforts, led by junior Meghan McGowan in the high jump. She placed second in the event with a top jump of 5' 5.25", which currently ranks 11th in the country.
The jumps proved to be a strong point for the team, as Salisbury had four athletes finish in the top 10 of the pole vault. Junior Sarah Taylor led the way in seventh with a 10' 8" vault. Sophomore Amanda Ellen and junior Tess Johnson placed eighth and ninth, respectively, both setting personal records with jumps of 9' 8" each, and junior Kathy Kammerer came in 10th with a 9' 2.25" leap.
In the track events, junior Abby Richards set a personal record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.54 seconds. Taking eighth, she finished only .01 seconds off of the Salisbury program record.
Freshman Jamie Farley rounded out the day for the Gulls, taking 10th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:01.32.
The Salisbury men, ranking 17th in the country, had a successful meet, as well, led by two first-place finishes by senior Luke Campbell. Campbell took the top spot in the 400-meter dash in 49.07 seconds, which now ranks first in the country and was a personal-best for the Brunswick, Maryland native; the time was also only .02 seconds off the school record.
He followed that up with first in the 60-meter hurdles (8.04 seconds), also taking the top spot in the nation.
Sophomore Zach Schmelz joined Campbell in the top five of the 400, taking fourth in a time of 50.21 seconds.
Another first-place finish for the Sea Gulls came in the distance-medley relay. The team of freshman Emmanuel Porquin, sophomore Malcolm Milton, freshman Matt Boulden, and freshman Dan Stretz finished in 10:49.68 for the top placement.
The Gulls also faired well in the 4x400-meter relay, with Campbell, Schmelz, sophomore Eric Halton, and junior Jerel Madison taking third with a time of 3:21.17; the effort currently sits fourth in the nation.
Sophomore Matthew Adedeji tallied two top-five finishes in the jumps, leading the way in the field events. He notched third in the triple jump with a personal-best 44' 9.75" leap, and he took fifth in the high jump with a 6' 2.25" effort.
Sophomore Duncan Ferrin led the throws, finishing fourth in the weight throw with a top heave of 44' 5.75".
On Friday, junior Will Fountain competed in the heptathlon for the Gulls, placing third with 3,632 points. He took first in the 1,000-meter run in 2:58.95 for 675 points, while his highest score came in the 60-meter dash with 806 points by placing second in 7.22 seconds.
The Sea Gulls continue their season on Saturday, February 6 in the Vince Brown Invitational at Christopher Newport University; the meet is set to begin at 9 a.m.