McGowan, Halton compete hard at NCAA championships

McGowan, Halton compete hard at NCAA championships

GENEVA, Ohio – The Salisbury University men's and women's track teams were represented well by senior Meghan McGowan and junior Eric Halton at the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute.

McGowan, who was competing in the final meet of her collegiate career on Friday morning, turned in a solid effort in the high jump, capturing a seventh-place finish. She cleared the bar at a height of 5' 5.25" to earn the top-eight finish just four inches off of eventual champion Emma Egan (5' 9.25") from Williams College.

"It felt amazing and I wanted to be able to end my career here at the National Championships so I'm very happy that I was able to do that," McGowan said. "To finish among the top in the country just shows how all of the hard work and dedication that I've put in over these four years truly pays off. It feels so good to be able to compete with the best of the best and meet so many athletes who share the same goals and dreams as I do."

Halton, who was competing at the NCAA outdoor championships for the first time in his career as an individual earned an 11th place finish in the men's 400-meter dash. Halton completed the race in a time of 48.57 seconds but finished just hundreds of a second short from qualifying for the finals.

"I am proud of Meghan going out as a senior," Head Coach Jim Jones said. "She has made her mark on the program and I couldn't be prouder of what she has accomplished. Tough ending for Eric after such a great season but I am extremely proud of how he competed this afternoon."

"What I will remember most are the countless memories I made along the way," McGowan said. "Through every conference meet, national championship meet, practice, and everything in between I have created so many memories that will last a lifetime. I wouldn't have wanted to end anywhere else besides here at the national meet."

The NCAA All-American list will be released early next week after the conclusion of the NCAA championships. 

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