Sea Gulls take top spots at JHU/Loyola Invitational

Sea Gulls take top spots at JHU/Loyola Invitational

BALTIMORE – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams earned strong finishes Saturday at the Johns Hopkins/Loyola Invitational, with the men claiming the win and the women finishing second.

The men's team collected six event wins on its way to 216 points, nearly 80 ahead of second-place Johns Hopkins University.

Sophomore Thomas Burke, off his school-record-setting performance in the 800-meter run last week nearly broke the mark again, taking the top spot on Saturday with a time of 1:53.77. Burke's performance set a JHU Track & Field record by nearly a full second.

Freshman Luke Campbell set a facility record with his first-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles, completing the event in 53.96 seconds, while also taking third in the 110-meter hurdles, with a time of 15.89 seconds. Sophomore Devon Hopkins took second in the 110 hurdles, with a time of 15.57 seconds, while sophomore Blake Bussard finished just behind Campbell in the 400 hurdles with a time of 58.09 seconds.

Junior Matt McMurdo took the top spot in the javelin throw, with a top effort of 187' 7", also the best performance in the history of the facility. Sophomore Ryan DiPascale took third place with a distance of 148' 4".

Sophomore Dylan Burkett also had a facility record effort in the discus throw, covering 154' 10" earning the win, followed by classmate Jeffrey Jordan, with a distance of 142' 5". Burkett (49' 9.75") and DiPascale (44' 9.5") took second and third in the shot put.

Salisbury also claimed a pair of men's relay wins, earning the top spot in the 4x100-meter relay and the 4x800-meter relay. Campbell combined with senior Adrian Jackson and sophomores Tyler Austin and Richard Newman to claim the 4x100 with a time of 42.62 seconds, while juniors Matthew Hallenbeck and Cody Gankiewicz, sophomore George Martinez and freshman Ian Wood took first in the 4x800 with a time of 8:09.20.

Austin ran the 100-meter dash in 11.26 seconds to earn a second-place finish and placed third in the 200-meter dash (22.53 seconds), while Newman took third in the 400-meter dash (49.68 seconds).

Freshman Xavier Stinson and senior Jacob Adedeji each cleared 6' 4.75" to place second and tied for third, respectively, in the high jump.

The women claimed four events as the team earned 112.5 points, placing second behind only Johns Hopkins.

Kara Tolson came up with a sprint double, claiming the top spots in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. The junior ran the 100 in 12.59 seconds and completed the 200 with a time of 25.88 seconds.

Senior Chelsea Tavik doubled in the shot put and discus. The Glen Burnie, Md., native's 127' 6" effort in the discus was nearly 12 feet beyond the second-place finisher, while she was almost four feet past the next-closest competitor in the shot put with a distance of 44' 5.25".

Tavik also took third in the javelin, with a heave of 122' 9", just behind freshman Shannon Gilligan, whose top effort traveled 124' 8" for second place.

Salisbury's 4x800-meter relay team of seniors Anna Steinman and Claire Lawrence and freshmen Kayla Parlavecchio and Laura Hartman took second with a time of 10:12.95 while the 4x100-meter relay team of Tolson, junior Alex Greissinger and sophomores Brooke Schulz and Ameera Teal finished in third with a time of 49.98 seconds.

The Sea Gulls will return to action next Saturday, traveling to Newport News, Va., for the New Captains Classic, hosted by Christopher Newport University.

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