Three Sea Gulls set to compete at 2018 Division III Outdoor Track & Field National Championships

Three Sea Gulls set to compete at 2018 Division III Outdoor Track & Field National Championships

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University track & field program traveled to La Crosse, Wisconsin this week as three members of the maroon and gold will compete in the 2018 Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, May 24-26. Kyleigh Dumas will compete first for the Sea Gulls on Thursday, May 24 while both Duncan Ferrin and Donovan Beckett-Simms will compete on Saturday, May 26.   

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How we got here

All three athletes earned a spot in the championships as each finished in the top 20 in the nation in their respective events. Dumas has been seeded 17th overall in the pole vault in this year's championships with a seed mark of 12' 4".

Ferrin advanced to the championships behind a strong season and first-place finishes at both the CAC championships and the 2018 Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships in the hammer throw. Ferrin has been seeded fourth overall in the event at the championships.

Beckett-Simms rounds out the group as he will compete in the triple jump. He has been seeded fourth overall as well after posting a record-breaking jump of 49' 11.75".

Last time out

Dumas earned a victory in the pole vault at the 2018 Capital Athletic Conference Championships clearing the bar at a height of 12' 4". Her vault not only won her the event but also set a new CAC and school record in the event. Dumas broke her own school record of 12', which she had set two weeks prior to the championships at the Captains Classic. Her vault beat the entire field by one foot and three three-quarters of an inch.  

Ferrin led the way for the Sea Gulls at the ECAC championships garnering one of Salisbury's two victories on the day posting a throw 199' 4". His throw not only won him the event but it also broke the school record in the event that Ferrin himself set earlier in the year of 191' 4".

Beckett-Simms placed second in the triple jump at the ECAC championships last week after posting a jump of 49' 11.75". The jump helped him break the previous school record, which he himself set earlier this season with a mark of 48' 10.75".  

Salisbury at the championships

Salisbury has earned 18 individual NCAA Division III national championships but have not claimed a team national title. In 2010 the men's team finished as national runner's up while in both 2009 and 2015 they finished fourth overall.

High flyer

Dumas has been on a different level during her sophomore season, literally. She has broken the pole vault record three times this season while tying it once. Dumas started her impressive campaign at the first outdoor meet of the year at Coastal Carolina University in mid-March breaking the school record after clearing the bar at a height of 11' 5.75". Her success continued at the Towson Invitational when she tied her mark of 11' 5.75" and promptly broke that mark the following week at the Captains Classic posting a new height of 12'.

Dumas capped her season with an outstanding performance at the 2018 CAC championships. She posted both a new school record and CAC record on her way to a victory in the pole vault. Dumas cleared the bar at a height of 12' 4" to earn the victory and be named first team all-CAC.    

Outstanding in their field

Both Ferrin and Beckett-Simms have been equally as impressive in the hammer throw and triple jump, respectively. Ferrin has broken the school record in the hammer throw four times this season as well as adding a first-place finish at the CAC championships. Ferrin posted a new throw of 199' 4" which broke the previous school record, already set by himself, by eight feet of 191' 4".

Beckett-Simms has turned in a stellar freshman year thus far as he has broken the triple jump record three times. He first broke the record with a jump of 47' 5.75" breaking the previous mark of 46' 6.5" which had stood for 20 years. Beckett-Simms went on to break the record again as well as set a new CAC record at the CAC championships posting a mark of 48' 10.75". His mark not only set two new records but also earned him a victory in the event as well as first team all-CAC recognition.

He continued his success just a week later at the ECAC championships when he broke the school record again posting a mark of 49' 11.75".

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