Men's 4x400 team breaks school record to lead SU Elite Meet

Men's 4x400 team breaks school record to lead SU Elite Meet

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams made their final pushes for the 2016 NCAA Division III outdoor track & field national championships on Thursday afternoon at the SU Track in the Salisbury Elite Meet.

The Sea Gulls closed the day with their strongest effort, as the men's 4x400-meter relay team of sophomores Zach Schmelz and Eric Halton, junior Jerel Madison, and senior Luke Campbell set a new school record and moved to No. 5 in the country with a time of 3:12.62. They placed first in the race.

Both teams combined for 12 top-two finishes in the meet, as the women's team was represented by junior Meghan McGowan and sophomore Amanda Ellen. McGowan took first in the high jump with a 5' 3" leap, and Ellen placed second in the pole vault, setting a career mark with a 10' 8.75" vault.

Campbell pulled in two more first-place finishes for the men's team, winning the 110-meter hurdles in 14.72 seconds and the 400-meter hurdles in 52.62 seconds.

Halton and Schmelz took the top-two spots in the 400-meter dash; Halton placed first in 48.53 seconds, and Schmelz finished second in 49.20 seconds.

Another top finish came from senior George Martinez in the 1,500-meter run (3:54.66).

Junior Tom McIntyre rounded out the running events for the Sea Gulls, taking second in the 800-meter run in a time of 1:56.48.

One personal record fell in the field events, as junior Graham Hensley finished second in the shot put with a 45' 7.75" effort.

In the javelin throw, sophomore Duncan Ferrin took second with a 121' 8" heave.

Leading the jumps, sophomore Matthew Adedeji placed first in the triple jump with a 44' 7.5" leap. Junior Will Fountain then came in second in the pole vault (13' 3.75").

The Sea Gulls will next be in action in the NCAA Division III championships and await the NCAA selection release on Saturday, May 21 at 9 a.m., to find out which Salisbury athletes will be representing the team in the national championships.

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