NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track programs opened its 2017-18 season on Saturday competing at the Christopher Newport University Holiday Open.
Freshman Glory Ebinama got the Sea Gulls off to a flying start with a third-place finish in the women's 60-meter dash. Ebinama came home in a time of 8.02 seconds, just half a second behind the first-place finisher.
In the women's 200-meter dash two Salisbury runners earned top-15 finishes to pace the maroon and gold. Jamie Farley captured a 10th-place finish crossing the finish line in a time of 26.86 seconds while Taylor Bailey posted a time of 26.92 seconds to finish 11th.
Farley continued her successful afternoon capturing the Sea Gulls first victory of the day in the 400-meter dash. Farley came home in a time of 58.71 seconds to earn the top-finish. Caitlyn Rishell finished just behind her teammate placing sixth overall while posting a time of 1:02.93.
Shea McCloskey garnered a fifth-place finish in the women's 800-meter run crossing the finish line in a time of 2:27.12. Freshman Liana Foianini placed ninth overall after coming home in a time of 2:35.59.
Carly Sniffen earned a sixth-place finish in the mile run possting a time of 5:40.74 to earn the finish.
A flock of Gulls finished within eight seconds of each other in the women's 3,000-meter run. Caroline Tyrrell placed 10th overall coming home in a time of 11:11.50. Katherine Sigman, Abby Potter, and Fiona Halloran all finished within two seconds of each other placing 11th through 13th. Sigman posted a time of 11:17.10 while Potter and Halloran posted times of 11:18.91 and 11:19.68 respectively. Sydney Ruckel rounded out the group of Salisbury runners placing 17th, finishing the race in a time of 11:51.53.
Alison Schwartz and Ashley Mazer garnered top-five finishes in the 5,000-meter run placing second and fourth respectively. Schwartz crossed the finish line in a time of 19:10.75 while Mazer came home in a time of 19:40.59.
Bailey turned in a solid performance in the women's 60-meter hurdles finishing 12th overall posting a time of 9.62 seconds. Sophomore Emily Wahlgren finished 17th finishing the race in 10 seconds flat.
Two different teams competed in the 4x400-meter relay placing sixth and seventh overall. The team of Farley, Summer Bingaman, McCloskey, and Sniffen finished sixth posting a time of 4:17.89. The group of Rishell, Wahlgren, Foianini, Ashley Luton placed seventh with a time of 4:22.05.
In the field events senior Jacqueline Seymour earned a sixth-place finish in the high-jump. Seymour cleared the bar at a height of 5'1".
Two Gulls earned a first and second-place finish in the pole vault. Kyleigh Dumas captured Salisbury's second win of the afternoon clearing the bar at a height of 10'11.75" to earn the victory. Teammate Julia Mullen finished one spot back of her teammate after a vault of 10'.
Bailey continued her successful afternoon turning in a solid performance in the field events as well. Bailey garnered a sixth-place finish in the triple jump after a jump of 35'0.5".
Hassell continued her success in the weight throw placing 16th after a throw of 37'5.75".
In the track events Alex Hardman and Jack McCloskey got the maroon and gold off and running with top-20 finishes in the 200-meter dash. Hardman placed 14th overall with a time of 23.14 seconds while McCloskey placed 18th overall posting a time of 23.26 seconds.
Hardman continued his success in the 400-meter dash garnering a third-place finish. Hardman completed the race in a time of 52.12 seconds. Michael Van Gieson picked up a fifth-place finish of his own after coming home in a time of 52.45 seconds while teammate Warren Jones placed seventh. Jones crossed the finish line in a time of 52.67 seconds.
Porquin continued his success with a solid finish in the mile run. Porquin placed fifth posting a time of 4:24.62. David Strickland placed 10th overall coming home in a time of 4:36.06.
Branson Oduor garnered a top-10 finish in the 3,000-meter run placing eighth overall. Oduor posted a time of 8:56.31.
Two Sea Gulls earned top-five finishes in the 5,000-meter run. Malcolm Milton placed fourth while Conner Masteran finished fifth. Milton recorded a time of 16:03.36 while Masteran came home in a time of 16:07.54.
In the pole vault Alex Hall led the way for Salisbury picking up a fifth-place finish achieving a height of 12'5.5". Teammate Greg Leasure finished just behind Hall placing sixth after a vault of 12'5.5".
Jeffrey McInnis garnered a top-10 finish in the long jump finishing eighth overall. McInnis posted a distance of 22'1" to earn the finish.
Chris Leby picked up a sixth-place finish in the triple jump posting a jump of 41'10".
Duncan Ferrin rounded out the Salisbury competitors in the field events competing in both the shot put and weight throw. Ferrin finished fifth in the shot recording a throw of 42'3.50" while finishing first in the weight throw. Ferrin totaled a distance of 54'10.45" to earn the victory.
Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, January 27 when it travels to George Mason University Open. The meet is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.