FAIRFAX, Va. - The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams got their final preparation for the upcoming Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships and NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships on Sunday, competing in the George Mason University Mason Last Chance meet.
The Salisbury women were paced by junior Meghan McGowan in the high jump, as she placed fifth with a top leap of 5' 3".
The Sea Gulls also saw a pair of school records fall, while four personal records were set. One school record was set by freshman Jamie Farley in the 400-meter dash for the second-consecutive meet. Her time of 59.55 seconds was good for 13th in the race, while breaking the record she set in the Capital Athletic Conference championships of 59.73 seconds, also marking a personal best.
Farley also finished 10th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.04 seconds.
The Gulls' second school record came from sophomore Jessica Lane in the 3,000-meter run, finishing seventh with a time of 10:41.13. She broke the record which had stood since 2013.
Sophomore Breanna Sherman set two personal bests in the 60- and 200-meter dashes. She finished ninth in the 60 in 8.09 seconds, while placing 11th in the 200 in 27.11 seconds.
Junior Abby Richards added another top-15 finish in the track events, coming in 11th in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.64 seconds.
Junior Ashley Jackson and sophomore Christine Randall continued their success in the jumps at the meet. Jackson placed in the top 10 of both the long jump and the triple jump, finishing ninth in each event. She used a 16' 1.5" leap in the long jump and a 35' 1.25" effort in the triple jump.
Randall placed sixth in the long jump to lead the way with a 16' 6.5" distance, while placing 12th in the triple jump with a 33' 4.25" effort.
The Salisbury men also saw a school record fall in the meet. Senior Luke Campbell, junior Jerel Madison, and sophomores Eric Halton and Zach Schmelz ran a time of 3:18.93 in the 4x400-meter relay to break the program record that was set last season. The time was also good for the No. 9 spot in the country.
The Gulls set several personal records on the day, including Halton in the 400-meter dash running a time of 49.90 seconds to place sixth. Schmelz finished just behind in seventh with a time of 50.15 seconds.
Junior Tom McIntyre set his personal record in the 800-meter run, finishing sixth with a time of 1:57.02.
Two personal records were set in the mile run by sophomore Ben Meister and freshman Emmanuel Porquin. Senior George Martinez led the way in the race in second (4:18.98), while Meister placed fourth (4:20.17) and Porquin finished eighth (4:22.97).
Campbell added another top-five finish in the 60-meter hurdles on the year, placing fourth in the race in 7.99 seconds, just .01 seconds off of his nation-leading time from the CAC championships.
Porquin rounded out the track events in the 1,000-meter run, taking ninth in 2:32.52.
In the field events, junior Andrew Volz led the way with a second-place finish in the shot put, setting a personal record, and a third-place finish in the weight throw. Volz used a 46' 2.25" effort in the shot put and a 47' 4.5" effort in the weight throw.
Junior Graham Hensley finished fifth in the shot put with a 45' 6.75" heave.
Sophomore Matthew Adedeji added another top-10 finish for the Sea Gulls, tying for sixth in the high jump with a top leap of 6' 0.25".
The next meet on the Sea Gulls' schedule is the Christopher Newport University Pentathlon/Heptathlon on Monday, February 29 and Tuesday, March 1, as junior Will Fountain will represent Salisbury. The teams will then get set for the ECAC championships on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5.