DELAWARE, Ohio – Thursday's action for Salisbury University at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships was about the next step in the final chapter of an outstanding season. The Sea Gulls had three student-athletes performing on the track in preliminary events and one advanced to Saturday's finals.
Sophomore Luke Campbell entered the day as the fourth-seeded runner in the 400-meter hurdles, and climbed three spots, posting the fastest time, of 20 qualifiers for the championships, matching his career-best time in the event of 51.82 seconds.
Junior Devon Hopkins, who was seeded seventh in the nation in the event, failed to qualify for the finals despite running the second fastest time of his career. The Randallstown, Md., native finished the race in 53.22 seconds, placing 11th.
Campbell will run in the 400-meter hurdles finals on Saturday at 4:10 p.m.
Junior Tyler Austin missed the cut in the 200-meter dash, finishing his preliminary event in 19th place. In the only heat which faced a headwind, Austin ran a time of 21.91 seconds, his second-fastest time of the season.
Salisbury will see two student-athletes in action on Friday as Campbell will be back on the track, beginning his national championship defense in the 110-meter hurdles. He will run the preliminary at 6:45 p.m. Junior Dylan Burkett will compete in the shot put finals on Friday, beginning at 2:15 p.m.