NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams were back in action on Saturday, traveling to Christopher Newport University for the Vince Brown Invitational.
The Salisbury men put together another strong showing, notching a total of 16 top-eight finishes, with sophomore Zach Schmelz notching the team's best finish with second in the 400-meter dash (49.71 seconds). The time was good for 15th in the country and a personal record for Schmelz.
Classmate Eric Halton placed eighth in the 400 with a personal-record time of 50.78 seconds.
Schmelz notched another top-five finish on the day in the 200-meter dash, also a personal record, with fifth in 22.67 seconds.
Senior Luke Campbell joined Schmelz in the top five of the 200, taking third with 22.41 seconds, good for ninth in the country. It was his first of two third-place finishes on the day, as he took the same spot in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.00 seconds. His time was the best of all collegiate competitors, while keeping himself in the No. 1 spot in the nation, besting his No. 1 time from a week ago.
Campbell, Schmelz, and Halton then teamed with junior Jerel Madison to take second in the 4x400-meter relay in a time of 3:21.56.
Two more top-eight efforts came in the running events, as sophomore Ben Meister set a personal best in the mile run with a time of 4:22.43 to take seventh, and senior George Martinez placed fifth in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:57.82.
The Sea Gulls also fared well in the field events, especially the throws. Sophomore Duncan Ferrin and junior Andrew Volz placed sixth and eighth in the weight throw, respectively. Ferrin used a toss of 47' 5.75", marking a personal best, while Volz tallied a 46' 3.25" heave, also notching a personal record.
Junior Graham Hensley registered a 44' 4.75" throw in the shot put to take seventh.
In the jumps, sophomore Matthew Adedeji tied for sixth in the high jump with a 6' 2" effort.
Sophomores Ryan Pappas and River Souder also tallied top-eight placements in the jumps, with both coming in the pole vault. Pappas took sixth with a 12' 9.5" vault, while Souder tied for eighth with a 12' 3.5" leap, tying a personal best.
The Sea Gull women also had a successful meet, tallying 13 top-eight placements. Junior Meghan McGowan led the way in the high jump with third, notching a top leap of 5' 4.25". She was joined by sophomores Kaitlin Isabell and Jacqueline Seymour who finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Isabell set a personal best jump of 5' 0.25", while Seymour came just short of her personal best with a 4' 10.25" effort.
The jumps continue to be a high point for the Gulls, as sophomore Christine Randall led the way in fourth in the triple jump (34' 10.5"), and junior Ashley Jackson tallied sixth in the event (34' 2").
Beaudoin also finished seventh in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.64 seconds.
Junior Abby Richards again ran well in the 60-meter hurdles, taking sixth in 9.60 seconds.
Another seventh-place finish came from junior Delaney Tregoning in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:30.10.
The Sea Gulls will continue their season on Friday, February 12 at the Susquehanna Invitational at Susquehanna University; the meet is set for 10 a.m.