GRINNELL, IOWA – The Salisbury University men's track & field team began the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field National Championships at Grinnell College on Friday with two preliminary races, qualifying for the finals in both events.
Senior Luke Campbell began the day in the 60-meter hurdles' preliminaries, posting his best time of the season to win his heat and automatically qualify for the finals on Saturday in 7.88 seconds. The time was the top time of the preliminary races, as Campbell came in just ahead of University of Wisconsin-Platteville's Dan Arnold, who won the first heat in 7.90 seconds.
Campbell will be going for his third-straight national championship in the hurdles on Saturday, which would also give him eight total national titles between the indoor and outdoor seasons in his career at Salisbury.
The Sea Gulls finished up day one of the championships with the preliminaries in the 4x400-meter relay. Campbell, junior Jerel Madison, and sophomores Zach Schmelz and Eric Halton teamed up to win their heat and qualify for the finals with a time of 3:17.94. The time was the second-best time of the three heats, just behind University of Wisconsin-La Crosse's 3:17.83, while it also set a school record for a flat-surface track.
Schmelz started things off for the Gulls, keeping the team in second, before his hand off to Halton, who maintained the second-place spot. Campbell got the baton for the final leg in third, but he quickly moved back into second, before catching Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the final turn to take first.
The Sea Gulls will begin day two of the NCAA indoor championships on Saturday, March 12, with junior Meghan McGowan representing the women's team in the high jump at 11 a.m., eastern time. Campbell will then race the 60 hurdles' final at 3:05 p.m. (ET), and the 4x400 relay team will round out the day at 6 p.m. (ET), in its finals race.