NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams opened their 2016-17 season on Sunday afternoon at Christopher Newport University participating in the CNU Holiday Open.
The men's team turned in a solid performance in its first meet of the season in both the track and field events. The Sea Gulls captured a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash while claiming three top-5 finishes in the field events.
Zach Schmelz captured the men's team only individual win of the afternoon placing first in the 400-meter dash posting a time of 50.59 seconds. Teammate Eric Halton came in fractions of a second behind Schmelz crossing the finish line with a time of 50.83 seconds to place third. Alex Hardman rounded out the Salisbury top-15 finishers in the race placing 15th with a time of 52.31 seconds.
Salisbury's 4x400-meter relay team turned in a solid day as well. The all-junior team of Schmelz, Halton, Alex Hardman, and Tyler Hardman placed second, posting a time of 3:26.59. Teammates Justin Moultire, William Fountain, Mickey Van Gieson, and Marco Ramirez placed ninth overall finishing with a time of 3:37.44.
Carmelo Barresi was the top finisher for Salisbury in the preliminaries of the 60-meter dash placing 16th posting a time of 7.19 seconds. Teammate Jack McCloskey rounded out the top-20 finishers in the prelims posting a time of 7.22 seconds to finish in 20th.
Matthew Adedeji got Salisbury started off in the field events placing fifth in the high jump posting a height of 6' 2.75".
In the long jump Jeffery McInnis finished less than a foot behind the first place finisher. McInnis, a true freshman, posted a distance of 22' 4.25" to earn the second-place finish. Teammates Adedeji and McCloskey finished in back-to-back places earning eighth and ninth respectively. Adedeji jumped a distance of 20' 10.5" while McCloskey posted a distance of 20' 5".
Three Sea Gulls finished in the top 10 for the triple jump with Adedeji placing the highest of all finishing fifth. Adedeji jumped a distance of 45' 2.5" finishing ahead of teammates McInnis and Chris Leby. McInnis jumped a distance of 43' 1" meters to place seventh while Leby finished 10th with a distance of 42' 1.25".
Two Salisbury throwers placed in the top 15 as well. Andrew Volz and Duncan Ferrin finished in eighth and 11th respectively. Volz posted a distance of 45' 1.75" while Ferrin recorded a distance of 43' 7.75".
In the 400-meter dash two Sea Gulls placed in the top 20. Caitlyn Rishell lead the way for Salisbury in the event placing 16th overall with a time of 1:03.27. Rounding out the top 20 finishers was senior Stephanie Bidle, who placed 20th, posting a time of 1:03.94.
Salisbury came back with an impressive performance in the 800-meter dash with two runners placing in the top 10. Delaney Tregoning finished with a time of 2:26.43 to place third overall. Teammate Jamie Farley came in just seconds after her teammate with a time of 2:30.63 finishing in seventh.
Both KeAnna Blue and Rishell turned in solid performances in the 200-meter dash finishing in the top 25. Blue placed 22nd overall with a time of 28.33 seconds while Rishell finished just seconds behind her teammate recording a time of 28.46 seconds to finish 23rd.
The women's 4x400 meter team turned in an impressive performance in their 2016 debut placing third overall. The team of Degoning, Summer Bingaman, Rishell, and Farley finished with a time of 4:14.89.
In the preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles three different runners placed in the top 20. Abigail Richards and Emily Wahlgren finished 15th and 16th respectively posting times of 9.91 and 9.96 seconds. Teammate Emily Langsdorf finished less than a second off of her teammates with a time of 10.53 seconds to place 18th overall.
In the field events two different Sea Gulls placed in the top 10 for the high jump to get Salisbury off to a good start. Meghan McGowan finished third posting a height of 5' 5". Teammate Jacquelin Seymour came in ninth posting a height of 5' 1".
Salisbury's best performance of the afternoon in the field events came in the pole vault as five different Sea Gulls posted top-10 finishes. Kyleigh Dumas led the way for Salisbury posting a height of 10' 8" to finish second overall. Meanwhile, teammates Amanda Ellen and Tess Johnson finished back-to-back in sixth and seventh respectively while Kathleen Kammerer finished ninth. All three posted a height of 9' 11.75" to finish in a four-way tie. Sarah Taylor rounded out the top-10 finishers placing 10th overall posting a height of 9' 5.75".
Wahlgren also posted a top-10 finish in the long jump as well. Wahlgren posted a distance of 16' 7.25" to finish eighth overall.
In the women's weight throw Salisbury's only competitor, Victoria Isidron, posted a top-15 finish. Isidron posted a distance of 34' 9" to earn her 15th-place finish. She was also the only Sea Gull to participate in the shot put and recorded a top-20 finish in the event. Isidron posted a distance of 34' 6.25" to earn a 19th place finish.
The Sea Gulls will return to action on January 27 and 28 at the George Mason University Open.