PHILADELPHIA – The Salisbury University track & field program traveled to Philadelphia to compete in the 124th running of the historic Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania. Both the men's and women's 4x400-meter relay teams and Duncan Ferrin made the trip to compete with other top athletes and teams in the nation at Franklin Field.
The men's 4x400-meter relay team of Alex Hardman, Mickey Van Gieson, Tyler Hardman, and Ethan Binnix earned a victory in their heat posting a time of 3:20.35. With that time the team not only defeated teams in its heat such as Division II opponent Lock Haven University but also managed to post a better time than Division I competitors Fordham University, Farleigh Dickinson University, St. Joseph's University, and Atlantic Coastal Conference member Boston College. The men's team earn the prized and historic Penn Relays Wheel.
The women's 4x400-meter relay team of Ashley Luton, Glory Ebinama, Caitlyn Rishell, and Jamie Farley came home in a time of 4:04.37 to finish fifth in their heat. With the time the Sea Gulls managed to edge out Division I competitor Lafayette College.
Ferrin concluded Salisbury's successful weekend with a record-breaking performance in the hammer throw. Ferrin earned a sixth-place finish posting a throw of 191' 4", which breaks the mark he set just last week at the Captains Classic of 190' by over a foot. His finish was good enough to edge out athletes from Division I programs such as University of Penn and Eastern Michigan University while finishing just two feet short of the fifth-place finisher Luke Grodeska from Pennsylvania State University.
Salisbury returns to action on Friday, May 4 when it opens and hosts the 2018 Capital Athletic Conference Championships at the Salisbury Track & Field Complex. The meet is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. on Friday afternoon.