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.
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.