NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University track & field program traveled to Christopher Newport University to compete in day one of the 2018 Capital Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships. The Sea Gulls turned in an impressive performance on day one as the Gulls saw two school records fall in the men's 5,000-meter run and women's 60-meter hurdles.
The women's team currently sits in second place after day one with 44 points. Meanwhile the men's team is in third, garnering 22 points. Christopher Newport leads both the women's and men's sides of the championships.
Jacqueline Seymour and Kaitlin Isabell got Salisbury off to a solid start, posting a second and third-place finish, respectively, in the high jump. Both Seymour and Isabell cleared the bar at a height of 5' 1".
Kyleigh Dumas continued her great sophomore campaign, capturing Salisbury's first win of the day in the pole vault. Dumas cleared the bar at a height of 10' 11.75" to earn the victory.
In the long jump Taylor Bailey earned a sixth-place finish competing in her first CAC championships. Bailey posted a distance of 16' 7".
Alison Schwartz garnered a sixth-place finish in the 5,000-meter run, crossing the finish line in a time of 19:21.39.
Bailey broke Salisbury's first record of the day, posting a time of 9.31 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles. Her time was good enough for fourth-place and will run in the finals tomorrow afternoon. Bailey broke the previous school record of 9.45 seconds that she set just two weeks ago.
Glory Ebinama qualified for the finals of the 60-meter dash, posting a time of 7.96 seconds to place fifth overall.
In the distance medley relay the team of Kate Sigman, Caitlyn Rishell, Shea McCloskey, and Carly Sniffen captured the Gulls second victory of the day. The team completed the race in a time of 13:00.75 to earn the top finish.
Duncan Ferrin got the men's team off to a tremendous start, earning the maroon and gold's third victory of the day by capturing a first-place finish in the weight throw. Ferrin recorded a throw of 54' 11.50" to earn the win.
Conner Masteran went on to break Salisbury's second record of the afternoon, posting a mark of 15:22.60 in the 5,000-meter run. Masteran earned a fifth-place finish in the race to accompany his record. His time broke the previous school mark of 15:27.65 set back in 2013 by Kyle Tockman.
In the 60-meter dash Jack McCloskey earned a sixth-place finish in the preliminaries, posting a time of 7.12 seconds. McCloskey's time qualifies him for the finals on Saturday afternoon.
The distance medley relay team of Justin Blanche, Ethan Binnix, Joey Wiggins, and Emmanuel Porquin earned a second-place finish. The team completed the race in a time of 10:38.32 seconds, which was just one second off the winning team from York College of Pennsylvania.
Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, February 17 when it will compete in day two of the championships. The meet is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.