LA CROSSE, Wisc. – Salisbury University opened its weekend of competition at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Sophomore Kyleigh Dumas opened the Sea Gulls' weekend, competing in the pole vault on Thursday afternoon.
Dumas, who was competing in her first NCAA championship, finished 11th overall after clearing the bar at a height of 11' 11.75". Dumas cleared the first height on her second attempt and proceeded to clear the second height on her second attempt as well to advance to the third round. With her finish she improved six spots from her original seed of 17th.
She finishes her sophomore season having broken, set, and reset the pole vault record three times while tying it once. Dumas started the seaosn breaking the record at Coastal Carolina in the team's first meet of the season posting a mark of 11' 5.75" before tying that mark at Towson University in mid-April. She went on to break that record posting a new vault of 12' at the Captains Classic just a week later. Dumas went on to set a new mark of 12' 4" in the event at the 2018 Capital Athletic Conference Championships helping her defend her title from 2017.
For her outstanding performance at the CAC championships Dumas was named All-CAC First Team for the second time in her career. Dumas was also named to the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association All-Region team earlier this week.
Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, May 26 when both Duncan Ferrin and Donovan Beckett-Simms begin their championship runs in their respective events. Ferrin competes at 12 p.m. in the hammer throw while Beckett-Simms competes in the triple jump at 3 p.m. Both of those times are eastern time.