NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University men and women's track & field teams competed in the Vince Brown Invitational hosted by Christopher Newport University Saturday afternoon.
Meghan McGowan got the maroon and gold off to a great start capturing a first place finish in the high jump. McGowan posted a height of 5' 7" to earn the win. Teammate Jacqueline Seymour joined McGowan earning a top finish as well. Seymour posted a height of 5' 1" to finish in a three-way tie for sixth place.
Kyleigh Dumas captured third place in the pole vault with a height of 10' 10". She was joined by three other teammates who posted top finishes. Senior Sarah Taylor captured a fourth-place finish after clearing the ball at a height of 10' 2". Fellow freshman Summer Bingaman earned a sixth-place finish with a height of 9' 8". Seniors Kathy Kammerer and Tess Johnson finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Kammerer finished with a height of 9' 8" while Johnson cleared the bar with a height of 9' 2.25".
In the track events junior Alison Schwartz got Salisbury off and running with a fourth-place finish in the 5,000-meter run. Schwartz finished the race in a time of 19:15.07.
The 4x400-relay team of Tregoning, Bingaman, McCloskey and Jamie Farley captured a fifth-place finish crossing the finish line in a time of 4:17.20.
In the field events Matthew Adedeji earned the first Salisbury top finish of the day in the high jump. Adedeji finished in a tie for fifth clearing the bar at a height of 6' .75".
Adedeji continued his success in the triple jump capturing the Sea Gulls second first-place finish of the afternoon and first on the men's side for the day. He posted a distance of 46' 7.25" to earn the win and also break the school record, which was previously held by Zack White. Freshman Jeffrey McInnis also finished in the top eight finishing eighth after posting a jump of 42' 9.50".
In the shot put seniors Andrew Volz and Graham Hensley each posted top finishes, placing tenth and 13th, respectively. Volz recorded a throw of 43' 3" while Hensley placed eighth with a throw of 40' 9".
Duncan Ferrin would round out the Salisbury field events earning a top finish in the weight throw. Ferrin finished fifth after recording a distance of 48' 8.75".
Conner Masteran got the ball rolling for Salisbury in the track events as he captured a sixth-place finish in the 5,000-meter run. Masteran crossed the finish line in a time of 15:40.53 coming one second away from a top-five finish.
In the one mile run sophomore Emmanuel Porquin finished a fraction of a second from a top-eight finish. Porquin earned a ninth-place finish crossing the finish line in a time of 4:29.50.
Both Eric Halton and Zach Schmelz turned in impressive finishes in the 400-meter dash. Halton posted a time of 50.52 to place third while Schmelz came in just behind his teammate with a time of 51.28 to place fourth.
Porquin rallied back to earn a top finish in the 800-meter run. He crossed the finish line in a time of 1:59.02 to earn a third-place finish.
In the 200-meter dash Schmelz continued to find success earning his second top-five finish of the afternoon. Schmelz captured a fourth-place finish crossing the finish line in a time 22.73 seconds.
In the 4x400 relay the team of Tyler Hardman, Michael Van Gieson, Parker Harrington, and Porquin captured a second-place finish. The team crossed the finish line in a time of 3:37.74 to earn the top finish.
The Sea Gulls will compete next weekend on February 11 at the Monmouth University Winter Open. The meet is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.