Sea Gulls garner nine total selections to NCAA championships

Sea Gulls garner nine total selections to NCAA championships

INDIANAPOLIS - With the NCAA Division III men's and women's track & field national championships set to begin on Thursday, May 21, the 2015 participant field will include nine total selections from the Salisbury University men's and women's teams, the NCAA announced on Sunday morning.

The men garnered eight selections, with six individual and two relays, while the women tallied one individual bid.

Sophomore Meghan McGowan will make her first appearance at the outdoor championships for the women, after earning All-American status in the indoor championships. McGowan has twice set the outdoor school record in the high jump this season and is currently tied for fourth in the country with a height of 5' 8".

The men's team will be led by junior Luke Campbell, who is looking to defend his national titles in the 110- and 400-meter hurdles. Already a seven-time All-American and five-time national champion, Campbell enters the 2015 championships with the top time in the country in the 110 hurdles of 14.07 seconds; a win would mark his third-straight championship in the event.

He enters the 400-hurdles field at No. 3 in the nation with a 51.82-second time. Campbell is already coming off of an indoor national championship this season in the 60-meter hurdles.

Senior Devon Hopkins will be joining Campbell in the 400-meter hurdles, as he ranks seventh in the country with a 52.53-second time in the event. He is making is second-straight appearance in the NCAA championships, after qualifying in 2014, as well.

Campbell and Hopkins will team with freshmen Zach Schmelz and Eric Halton in the 4x400-meter relay, qualifying with a time of 3:14.03. The mark is good for 11th in the nation, while it set a school record this season.

The Sea Gulls' 4x100-meter relay team also was invited to the championships, as Campbell and Schmelz will be joined by freshman Jerel Madison and senior Tyler Austin in the event. The unit sits 10th in the country with a 41.24-second time.

Austin is making his third-consecutive appearance in the NCAA championships, also qualifying in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. With a 10.53-second time in the 100, he ranks fifth in the country, while he sits tied for 15th in the 200 with a 21.52-second time. Austin earned All-American status in last year's indoor championships in the 60-meter dash.

Senior Dylan Burkett rounds out the NCAA selections for the Gulls. Making his second-straight championship appearance, Burkett took advantage of Salisbury's Elite Final Qualifier meet on Friday afternoon with a 54' 5.5" heave in the shot put to move to No. 15 in the country to earn the bid.

The 2015 championships are set to begin on Thursday, May 21, and the event will last through Saturday, May 23. The first events are set for 12 p.m., Thursday.

To view the full selections, click here for the men and here for the women.

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