Men place first; women place sixth at Delaware Open

Men place first; women place sixth at Delaware Open

NEWARK, Del. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams competed in the Delaware Open on Saturday hosted by the University of Delaware. The men captured a first-place finish while the women finished sixth.

Women

Jessica Lane earned the Sea Gulls first top-finish of the day. Lane captured a victory in the 5,000-meter run crossing the finish line in a time of 18:51.31, nearly a full 14 seconds better than the second-place finisher.

A whole host of maroon and gold runners finished behind Lane in the 5,000-meter race. Abby Potter, Christine Sturm, Fiona Halloran, Carly Sniffen, and Kathleen Nichols all turned in impressive performances finishing third through eighth respectively. Potter posted a time of 19:06.57 while Sturm came home in a time of 19:11.09 to place third and fourth. Halloran and Sniffen finished back-to-back in fifth and sixth place turning in times of 19:19.41 and 19:53.91. Nichols rounded out the group finishing eighth with a time of 20:24.56.

Emily Wahlgren earned a ninth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles. Wahlgren crossed the finish line in a time of 1:10.66, just four seconds backs of the leader.

In the 4x100-meter relay the team of Ashley Luton, Jacqueline Seymour, Kaitlin Isabell, and Meghan McGowan captured a sixth-place finish coming home in a time of 52.04 seconds.

McGowan earned a second-place finish in the high jump after clearing the bar at a height of 5' 7". Seymour finished just two spots behind her teammate clearing the bar at a height of 5' 1" to place fourth.

Men

Zach Schmelz got the Gulls' off and running in the track events with a seventh-place finish in the 200-meter dash. Schmelz completed the race in a time of 22.50 seconds. Teammate Eric Halton came in right behind Schmelz crossing the finish line in a time of 22.54 seconds to place eighth.

Halton earned Salisbury's second top finish of the day placing first in the 400-meter dash. Halton finished the race in a time of 50.17 seconds to earn the victory. Schmelz finished behind his teammate this time around placing sixth with a time of 51.83 seconds.

In the 800-meter run Emmanuel Porquin earned an eighth-place finish after crossing the finish line in a time of 2:04.62.

However, Porquin came roaring back one race later earning the third Sea Gull victory of the afternoon. He placed first in the 1,500-meter race completing the race in a time of 4:12.72.

Six different Sea Gulls turned in solid performances in the 5,000-meter run. Conner Masteran led the flock with a second-place finish edging out teammate Billy Kirk who placed third. Masteran completed the race in a time of 15:49.53 while Kirk finished with a time of 15:50.92. Greg Bisant and Michael Weber finished fourth and fifth respectively with times of 16:00.07 and 16:19.82. Andrew Robey finished sixth while Connor Hesselbirg and Dan Stretz finished back-to-back posting times of 16:31.15, 16:33.02, and 16:36.78 respectively.

Malcolm Milton captured the maroon and gold's fourth win of the day claiming a top finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase coming home in a time of 9:54.51.

The 4x100-meter relay team of Dylan Lucas, Matthew Adedeji, Chris Leby, and Jeffrey McInnis earned a fourth-place finish coming home in a time of 43.43 seconds.

In the 4x400-meter relay the team of Schmelz, Halton, Porquin, and Moultire earned the fifth win of the day completing the race in a time of 3:26.10. The second team of Tyler Hardman, Michael Van Gieson, Bryan Howell, and Parker Harrington finished fourth overall crossing the finish line in a time of 3:36.87.

Adedeji collected a second-place finish in the high jump clearing the bar at a height of 5' 10.75".

Three different Sea Gulls turned in solid performances in the pole vault with Will Fountain leading the way. Fountain earned a top finish clearing the bar at a height of 13' 5.25". River Souder and Alex Hall finished third and fourth respectively clearing the bar at heights of 12' 11.5" and 12' 5.5".

Leby earned a sixth-place finish in the long jump after jumping a distance of 21' 0.75".  AJ Garris finished just behind his teammate after posting a jump of 20' 4.5".

In the triple jump a trio of Salisbury athlete's finished back-to-back-to-back led by Adedeji who placed third posting a jump of 42' 6.25". Leby and McInnis finished less than an inch apart with Leby placing fourth after a jump of 41" 5.75" and McInnis placing fifth with a distance of 40' 8.75".

Graham Hensley battled to a second-place finish in the shot put posting a throw of 47' 3.5" while teammate Andrew Volz finished seventh with a throw of 46' 2".

Hensley would also finish seventh in the discus after recording a toss of 139' 7".

Duncan Ferrin placed third overall in the hammer throw recording a distance of 165' 8" edging out teammate Volz, who placed sixth with a toss of 149'. Hensley finished two places back of Volz, finishing eighth with a distance of 137' 6" on his throw.

Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, April 14-15 when it takes part in Captains' Classic hosted by Christopher Newport University.

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