WAVERLY, IOWA - Salisbury University men's track & field senior Luke Campbell capped his stellar career in maroon and gold on Saturday in the final day of the 2016 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field National Championships, adding two more individual national championships to his tally to bring his career total to 11. The Salisbury 4x400-meter relay team also earned All-American honors during the third day of the meet.
Campbell began the day on a strong note for the Sea Gulls, tallying his fourth-straight national championship in the 110-meter hurdles, giving him the title in each season that he was been a Sea Gull. He got off to a strong start in the race, and maintained a neck-and-neck run with University of Wisconsin-Platteville's Dan Arnold through the whole event, as the two battled for the lead. Over the final hurdle, Campbell created the space that he needed and crossed the finish line in 13.93 seconds to take the national title.
With the win, Campbell set the record for most combined national championships between the indoor and outdoor seasons for NCAA Division III Men's Track & Field with 10 total titles, before notching the 11th in the 400-meter hurdles.
"It is an awesome feeling. Going into freshman year, this is stuff you only dream of, and I never would have imagined that I would be able to get a national championship, let alone, have the record," Campbell said. "It is something that I am always going to cherish because it only comes once in a lifetime."
He followed the 110 hurdles title by winning his third-straight national championship in the 400 hurdles. From lane five, Campbell got off to another good start and quickly moved into the top-three spots through the first stretch, before taking his lead around the second turn. From there, Campbell cruised down the final stretch and across the finish in 50.52 seconds, setting a stadium record for Walston-Hoover Stadium at Wartburg College for the second time with the effort. He previously set the stadium record during the preliminary races on Thursday.
The win marks the third-straight season that Campbell has swept the hurdles national championships by grabbing both hurdles events for the outdoor season and the 60-meter hurdles title in the indoor season.
"I am really proud of him. I think he focused very well and prepared extremely well the entire year," Head Coach Jim Jones said. "I am really proud of what he has accomplished as one of the best ever in Division III, and I'm not just proud of what he's accomplished as an athlete, but how he has carried himself as a man throughout his four years."
The Sea Gulls closed the day with their second-straight outdoor All-American effort in the 4x400 relay, as Campbell, junior Jerel Madison, and sophomores Zach Schmelz and Eric Halton posted a time of 3:17.90 to place eighth in the race.
With both national titles and the 4x400 relay All-American, Campbell added three more All-American honors to his trophy case, bringing his career total to 16. The 4x400 relay also brought Schmelz his fourth All-American and Madison and Halton their third All-American awards.
"We are thankful for the opportunity to be here and for everyone to come away with All-American," Jones added. "They earned that status."