NAPERVILLE, Ill. – On the final day of the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships both Eric Halton and Meghan McGowan turned in impressive performances in their respective events. Halton finished third in the 400-meter dash while McGowan tied for sixth in the high jump.
Halton, who qualified for the finals after posting what was then a school record time of 48.85 seconds on Friday afternoon, finished third in the finals on Saturday.
"I feel so blessed to achieve third place from barely qualifying for nationals," Halton said. "I am honored to run as a representative for my school against so many other incredible athletes."
He came home in a time 48.83 seconds to earn the third-place finish and break his own school record by two hundredths of a second.
"I owe all my preparation to the great support group that is my team," Halton said. "I am grateful for my coaches, who pushed me to my limits in practice and my team for bestowing love and support on me when I didn't believe I deserved it."
McGowan finished in a tie for sixth place after clearing the bar at a height of 5' 6.50". With the finish McGowan earned All-American honors in the high jump for the third consecutive season.
"You can't really ask for much more and I am so happy to represent my team and school and get on the podium," McGowan said. "It feels so amazing to earn All-American honors for the third straight season after all the hard work I have put in during the entire season both in meets and in practice. I couldn't feel happier or prouder of myself."
Salisbury will now turn its attention to the outdoor season as it will compete March 16-18 at the 49er Classic hosted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.