Campbell, McGowan set for 2015 indoor NCAA championships

Campbell, McGowan set for 2015 indoor NCAA championships

SALISBURY, Md. – Junior Luke Campbell and sophomore Meghan McGowan of the Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams will be competing in the NCAA Division III indoor national championships on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14.

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The events

McGowan will be competing in the high jump on Saturday, with the event set to begin at 10 a.m. Campbell is making his third appearance in the 60-meter hurdles in the national championships; the preliminary race will be on Friday and is set for 2:25 p.m. The finals for the hurdles will be on Saturday, beginning at 2:15 p.m.

How she got here

McGowan broke the Salisbury program record and catapulted herself into the top 10 in the country in the high jump to earn her spot in the DIII championships. She took second in the Eastern College Athletic Championships with a 5' 6.5" jump, tying for seventh in the country in her event. McGowan also earned first-team All-Capital Athletic Conference and an individual CAC championship with a 5' 5" jump in the conference championship meet.

How he got here

Campbell secured his spot in the NCAAs with the No. 1 time in the country, taking first in the 60-meter hurdles in the CAC championships with a time of 7.93 seconds. His time is five-hundredths of a second faster than the next spot. The time ties for the fourth-best time in Division III history.

NCAA History

Campbell is making his third NCAA indoor championship meet appearance, giving him championships bids in each of his seasons as a Sea Gull. In 2013, he qualified for the 60-meter hurdle finals and finished sixth overall in 8.20 seconds. Campbell encored that in 2014 with his first indoor national championship, setting a Division III record in the hurdles with a 7.75-second time. Following outdoor national championships in the 110- and 400-meter hurdles in 2014, and a national championship in the 110 hurdles in 2013, Campbell will be pushing for his fifth career individual national title this weekend.

This will be McGowan's first trip to the indoor national championships.

The competition

McGowan will face stiff competition in the high jump. The group is led by Stevens Institute of Technology's Gladys Njoku, who holds the top spot in the country with 5' 10.75" jump in the Ramapo College Indoor Select meet.

Holding the No. 1 hurdles spot in the nation, Campbell will be pushed by two other sub-eight second runners in Worcester State University's Terrence Gibson (7.98 seconds) and Bridgewater State University's Conor Murtagh (7.99 seconds). The pair ranks No. 2 and No. 3 in the country.

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