Track & field has high expectations for the 2019 outdoor championships

Track & field has high expectations for the 2019 outdoor championships

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University track & field program will travel to Christopher Newport University for the 2019 Capital Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday, May 3 through Saturday, May 4.

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Women

The women's team will have a solid corps of leaders as the Sea Gulls prepare for the upcoming championships spread out across a multitude of events. In the sprints, the team will be led by Jamie Farley, Glory Ebinama, Ti'Aira Hairston, Caitlyn Rishell, Alicia Meier, and Ashley Luton.

Farley has been exceptional thus far this season for the maroon and gold as she has earned two CAC Women's Track Athlete of the Week awards while also aiding the 4x400-meter relay team in breaking and then re-breaking the school record. Since the outdoor season started she has placed fifth or higher seven different times individually, including a victory in the 400-meter dash at the 2019 Eastern Shore Challenge.

Meanwhile, Ebinama and Hairston have posted top-team marks in both the 100-meter dash and 400-meter hurdles. Ebinama has earned three top-10 finishes in the event throughout the season, with a season-best time of 12.33 seconds. Hairston posted a season-best mark of 1:08.96 in the 400-meter hurdles.

In the middle distance and distance events Salisbury will look to Alyssa McCloskey and Shea McCloskey, Allison Keller, Sydney Ruckel, and Jillian Swaim.

Shea McCloskey posted a team-best mark in the 800-meter run while Keller has posted a top time in the mile run. In the distance events the team will be anchored by both Mazer, Ruckel, and Swaim, who all have posted team-high marks in their respective events. Ruckel has team-best times in both the 1,500-meter and 5,000-meter runs while totaling five top-10 finishes between the two races.

In the field events the team will be anchored by Kyleigh Dumas and Imani Hasell. Dumas, who claimed the title in the pole vault last season, currently ranks 14th in the nation and is coming off a third-place finish in the pole vault at the 125th Penn Relays. Meanwhile, Hasell has been solid all season as she has picked up at least one top-20 finish in each meet this season, including three top-five finishes in the hammer throw.

Men

The men's team will look to the quartet of Ethan Binnix, Alex Hardman, Mickey Van Gieson, and Caleb Mable. Binnix, Hardman, and Van Gieson have been exceptional in both the 200 and 400-meter dash while Mable has been impressive in the 400-meter hurdles.   

The team of Binnix, Hardman, Van Gieson, and Jeffrey McInnis have been exceptional in the 4x400-meter relay. They are coming off their best performance of the season at the Penn Relays, posting a mark of 3:15.90, which not only won their heat but qualified them for the Men's Eastern Final, making them the first Salisbury team to qualify for the event.

In the middle distance and distance events the team will be led by Emmanuel Porquin and Conner Masteran. Porquin has been consistent all season, turning in impressive performances in the 800, 1,500, and mile events. He captured eight top-10 finishes, including two wins in the 1,500-meter run.

Masteran, in the meantime, has been exceptional, breaking the school record in the 3,000-meter run with a mark of 8:47.76. He has claimed three top-five finishes, including a win in the 5,000-meter run.

Michael Millemann and Zachary Stump will lead the field events for the maroon and gold. Millemann, who finished third at the championships last season in the javelin throw, garnered a first-place finish earlier this season behind a toss of 165' 5."

Stump, who has four total top-10 finishes in the pole vault, has picked up three straight wins in the event heading into the championships and currently ranks in the top 40 in the nation with a season-best height of 15' 1."

Up next

Salisbury will travel to Swarthmore College to compete in the SWAT Last Chance Meet on Monday, May 13. The meet will start at 4 p.m.     

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