FAIRFAX, Va. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams competed at the George Mason University Patriot Games on Saturday. Both teams turned in solid performances in their first meet of the New Year as the men finished fifth while the women placed 10th.
In the track events on the women's side sophomore Jamie Farley got the Sea Gulls off to a nice start placing ninth in the 200-meter dash. Farley posted a time of 26.93 to earn the top-10 finish.
Farley continued her successful afternoon earning a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter dash posting a time of 1:00.74.
In the 3000-meter run both junior Alison Schwartz and freshman Abby Potter earned top-10 finishes for the maroon and gold. Schwartz finished the race in a time of 11:04.94 to place eighth while Potter came in just seconds behind her to place 10th with a time of 11:22.25.
In the field events senior Meghan McGowan captured the Sea Gulls' only first-place finish of the afternoon on the women's side. McGowan won the high jump posting a height of 5' 7.75", which also proved to be a new school record and is now the third best in all of NCAA Division III. She was joined by teammates Jacqueline Seymour and Kaitlin Isabell who placed sixth and seventh, respectively. Both Seymour and Isabell cleared the bar at a height of 5' 1".
Freshman Kyleigh Dumas continued Salisbury's success in the pole vault earning a seventh-place finish while senior Sarah Taylor finished 10th. Dumas recorded a height of 10' 2" while Taylor cleared the bar at 10' 2" as well.
Another freshman, Emily Wahlgren, rounded out the women's team and was the only Sea Gull to finish in the top-10 in the long jump. Wahlgren recorded a distance of 15' 8.25" to earn a ninth-place finish.
On the men's side juniors Zach Schmelz, Eric Halton, and Jack McCloskey started off quickly earning top-10 finishes in the 200-meter dash. Schmelz finished just fractions of a second behind the top three finishers to place fourth coming in a time of 22.92 seconds. Halton and McCloskey finished a mere tenths of second behind each other at 22.23 and 22.32 seconds to place ninth and 10th, respectively.
Schmelz and Halton continued their success in the 400-meter dash earning top-five finishes. Halton captured a second-place finish crossing the finish line in a time of 49.92 while Schmelz came in less than a second later in a time of 50.54 to place fourth. Alex Hardman and Justin Moultrie rounded out Salisbury's top 10 finishers placing seventh and ninth, respectively. Hardman came in at 51.81 while Moultire finished in a time of 52.29 seconds.
Sophomore Emmanuel Porquin was the only member of the maroon and gold to place in the top 10 in the 800-meter run. Porquin crossed the finish line in a time of 2:01.65 to claim 10th overall.
The men's only first-place finish of the afternoon came in the 4x400 relay. The team of Schmelz, Halton, Moultire, and Hardman delivered the victory crossing the finish line in a time of 3:23.41 to earn the win.
In the field events junior Matthew Adedeji earned the Sea Gulls first top-10 finish of the afternoon in the high jump. Adedeji cleared the bar with a height of 5' 10.5" to earn seventh overall.
Adedeji would earn another top-tier finish in the long jump as would freshman teammate Jeffrey McInnis. McInnis captured a sixth-place finish recording a distance of 21' 9" while Adedeji finish 10th after posting a distance of 21' 1.5".
The duo continued their success in the triple jump. Adedeji earned a seventh-place finish with a jump of 43' 10.75" while McInnis recorded a jump of 41'2.25" to place 10th.
Senior Andrew Volz rounded out the afternoon for the Sea Gulls earning a third-place finish in the shot put. Volz recorded a distance of 46' 8.75", a quarter of an inch behind second, to round out the top-10 finishers for the afternoon.
Salisbury will return to action on Saturday, February 4 at the Vince Brown Invitational hosted by Christopher Newport University. The meet is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.