CONWAY, S.C. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams competed in their second outdoor meet of the 2016 season at the Coastal Carolina University Invitational, beginning the two-day meet on Friday, March 11.
The Salisbury men were led on day one by freshman Bryan Howell, who collected two top-10 finishes and two personal records. He took fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal-best 1:00.40. Howell also placed 10th in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.66 seconds for another personal best.
Senior Jarrell Young notched another personal record, taking ninth in the 200-meter dash in 23.10 seconds.
Two more top-10 finishes came from sophomore Ben Meister and freshman Robbie Calloway. Calloway placed ninth in the 800-meter run (2:02.61), while Meister took ninth in the 5,000-meter run (15:35.37).
Senior Matthew Toth tallied two top-20 placements in the sprints, beginning with 11th in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.53 seconds. He then took 14th in the 200-meter dash in 23.68 seconds.
In the long jump, sophomore Jack McCloskey placed 16th with a top effort of 19' 0.5".
The Gulls ended the first day with three more finishes in the top 20 in the 10,000-meter run. Junior Connor Hesselbirg led the way in 11th, setting a personal best time of 33:32.09. Just behind in 12th, freshman Billy Kirk ran in 33:40.17.
Freshman Conner Masteran capped the day with 15th in the race with a time of 33:51.75.
The Salisbury women saw four personal records fall in the first day of action, while being led by two top-10 placements from freshman Carly Sniffen. Sniffen's top finish came in the 1,500-meter run in a time of 5:19.01 to place eighth, while she set a personal best to take 10th in the 800-meter run (2:31.50).
Sophomores Amanda Ellen and Jessica Lane tallied the team's best-overall finishes for the day, placing fourth in each of their events. Ellen took fourth in the pole vault with a personal-best 9' 6.25" effort.
Lane helped close out the Gulls' day on a strong note, placing fourth in the 5,000-meter run in 18:54.34.
The Gulls added three more top-10 finishes in day one, as senior Shannon Gilligan took eighth in the javelin throw, with a heave of 119' 9". Junior Ashley Jackson placed ninth in the long jump, using a top jump of 16' 7", and sophomore Alison Schwartz joined Lane in the 5,000, setting a personal record and placing 10th in 19:45.88.
Also in the long jump, sophomore Christine Randall placed 12th with a distance of 16' 3.25".
Senior Kate Forte notched the Gulls' final personal record with a 133' 9" throw in the hammer throw, as she finished 16th.
Sophomore Taylor Nantz finished out the day for the Gulls in the 10,000-meter run with another top-20 finish; she took 14th in a time of 47:05.39.
The Sea Gulls will continue the meet on Saturday, March 12 for the second day of action, beginning at 9 a.m.