STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track and field teams wrapped up the second day of the Eastern College Athletic Conference championships on Saturday with another impressive meet leading up to the 2016 NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships.
The Salisbury men were led on the day by the 4x400-meter relay team, which broke the school record for the second-straight meet, this time besting its previous mark by more than three seconds, as senior Luke Campbell, junior Jerel Madison, and sophomores Zach Schmelz and Eric Halton teamed up to place second in the race with a time of 3:15.79.
The event rounded out a day in which the Sea Gulls tallied 36 points to finish fourth overall in the meet.
Campbell took home the ECAC championship in the 60-meter hurdles in the meet, as well, after qualifying for the finals on Friday. He used a time of 8.01 seconds to win the race.
Schmelz and Halton led a group of five Sea Gulls that set personal records in the meet, as Schmelz finished fourth in the 400-meter dash in a personal-best 49.47 seconds, and Halton followed in seventh with a personal-best 49.66 seconds.
Two more PR's came in the mile run. Sophomore Ben Meister place 10th with a time of 4:19.43, and freshman Emmanuel Porquin came in 14th in 4:22.11. Senior George Martinez grabbed the ECAC championship in the race for the Gulls, taking first in 4:16.45, just over a second off of his school-record time.
Meister added a 12th-place finish in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:51.99.
The fifth personal record came from junior Tom McIntyre in the 800-meter run, placing ninth in 1:56.99.
In the field events, sophomore Duncan Ferrin finished eighth in the weight throw with a top toss of 53' 2".
On the first day of action on Friday, the Salisbury men also had Madison run in the 60-meter dash, as he set a personal record in 7.06 seconds.
For the Salisbury women, junior Meghan McGowan tied her own personal record and school record with a 5' 6.5" jump in the high jump, taking second in the meet. She also moved into a tie at No. 10 in the nation with the height.
Freshman Jamie Farley continued to make her mark on the SU record books, again setting the school record in the 400-meter dash, making this the third-straight meet she reset the mark. She ran in a time of 58.69 seconds to place eighth.
The Sea Gulls now await the indoor NCAA championships, as well as the second meet of their outdoor season in the Coastal Carolina University Invitational on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12.