NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams competed in the Christopher Newport University New Captains' Classic on Saturday, making the Sea Gulls' final preparations for the upcoming Capital Athletic Conference championships.
The No. 13 men's team posted five first-place finishes to lead a successful meet, including the top spot in both relays.
In the 4x400-meter relay team of senior Luke Campbell, junior Jerel Madison, and sophomores Zach Schmelz and Eric Halton posted a time of 3:16.75 to take first and set the second-best time in the country.
Campbell, Madison, and Schmelz teamed with sophomore Jack McCloskey in the 4x100-meter relay, running in 42.04 seconds for first, while taking over the No. 14 spot in the country.
Campbell, Halton, and freshman Billy Kirk tallied the Sea Gulls' individual first-place finishes. Campbell took first in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.27 seconds, while Halton set a personal record in the 400-meter dash (49.09 seconds), and Kirk set a personal best in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:34.14).
The Sea Gulls dominated in the steeplechase, as sophomore Malcolm Milton followed Kirk in second in a personal-best 9:44.27, freshman Dan Stretz placed fourth in a personal-best 10:11.84, and junior Justin DeJausserand took fifth in 10:21.21.
The distance runs proved to be a strong point for Salisbury on the day, in general, as freshmen Conner Masteran and Josh Hall placed second and fourth in the 3,000-meter run, respectively. Masteran ran in 9:05.32, while Hall finished in 9:37.22.
In the 1,500-meter run, senior George Martinez placed fourth in a time of 3:56.10.
Schmelz notched another second-place finish, taking the spot in the 200-meter dash in a time of 22.24 seconds. Freshman Justin Moultrie finished fourth in the race in 22.59 seconds.
Madison took fourth in the 100-meter dash in 11.17 seconds, while sophomore Alieu Cole placed third in the 400-meter hurdles in 56.16 seconds to round out the running events.
Leading the field events, freshman Michael Milleman took second in the javelin throw with a personal-best toss of 175' 6".
In the jumps, sophomore Matthew Adedeji added fifth-place finishes in the triple jump (42' 6.75") and the long jump (20' 3").
Sophomore Duncan Ferrin took fifth in the discus throw with a toss of 142' 2" to set a personal record and cap the strong day for the Gulls.
The Sea Gull women were led on the day by junior Meghan McGowan in the high jump and the 4x100-meter relay team. McGowan placed first in her event with a leap of 5' 4.25", while junior Kelsey Larger, sophomores Chanel Beaudoin and Breanna Sherman, and freshman Jamie Farley won the 4x100 in a time of 49.21 seconds.
The Gulls' 4x400-meter relay team also fared well, as Larger, Beaudoin, and Farley team with junior Stephanie Bidle to take second in a time of 4:02.13.
Bidle also placed second in the 400-meter hurdles (1:09.03). The 400 hurdles was a strong race for Salisbury, as junior Abby Richards placed third (1:09.87), freshman Sierra Montz finished fifth (1:12.52), and freshman Emily Langsdorf took sixth (1:13.04).
Richards and Langsdorf also had strong showings in the 100-meter hurdles, as Richards placed second in 15.83 seconds, and Langsdorf placed sixth in 17.29 seconds.
Farley added a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter dash, setting a personal record in 58.24 seconds.
Junior Delaney Tregoning also set a personal best, placing fifth in the 800-meter run in 2:21.61.
The Sea Gulls placed well in the field events, also, behind McGowan's first in the high jump.
Also in the high jump, sophomore Jacqueline Seymour set a personal best to place fifth with a leap of 5' 0.25".
Senior Kate Forte set a personal best in the hammer throw with a 137' toss for fifth, while also taking sixth in the javelin throw with a 108' 5" heave.
Senior Shannon Gilligan took fourth in the javelin with a 110' 2" effort.
The Sea Gulls are next in action at the 2016 CAC championships on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 at Frostburg State University. The meet is set to begin at 3 p.m., on Friday at continue at 10 a.m., on Saturday.