SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University track & field program hosted its second home meet of the season as it played host to nine different teams from all divisions in the 2019 Eastern Shore Challenge. Both the men's and women's teams captured second-place finishes while history was made yet again.
The Sea Gulls saw another school record fall as the women's 4x100-meter relay team ran into the record books. The team becomes the second women's relay team to break a school record at a meet this season, as the women's 4x400-meter relay team accomplished the feat a week ago.
The team of Alicia Meier, Glory Ebinama, Jamie Farley, and Ashley Luton ran into history behind a mark of 48.42 seconds. The team finished third in the event and broke a record that had stood since 2015 when the team of Chanel Beaudoin, Lauren Snyder, Kelsey Larger, and Makiah Green posted a time of 48.87.
Ebinama continued her strong outing with a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter dash, coming in at a time of 12.60 seconds.
In the 200-meter dash both Farley and Ebinama captured top-five finishes as Farley came home in a mark of 25.77 seconds and Ebinama in a time of 25.88 seconds.
Farley earned the Sea Gulls' first win of the afternoon as she captured a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.74 seconds. Teammate Caitlyn Rishell finished seventh overall with a mark of 59.47 seconds.
A flock of Sea Gulls turned in solid runs in the 5,000-meter run as four runners placed second through fifth. Christine Strum came home in 19:12.66 to finish second while Sydney Ruckel, Abby Potter, and Carly Sniffen finished third, fourth, and fifth respectively. Ruckel came home in 19:20.03, Potter in 19:33.89, and Sniffen in 19:43.54.
Ti' Aira Hairston finished fifth in the 400-meter hurdles as she crossed the finish line in a time of 1:08.96.
Colleen Howard got the maroon and gold off to a solid start in the field events with a third-place finish in the high jump as she cleared the bar at a height of 5' 1."
Jeffrey McInnis got the men's team off to a solid start in the track events finishing fifth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.09 seconds.
Three Sea Gulls battled it out in the 400-meter dash as Van Gieson placed second with a time of 48.76 seconds, Ethan Binnix finished in third with a mark of 49.17 seconds, and Hardman placed fourth with a time of 49.27 seconds.
Emmanuel Porquin finished second overall in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:58.77.
Porquin picked up the maroon and gold's second victory of the day as he took home the title in the 1,500-meter run with a mark of 4:03.59. His teammate Jack Finnerin captured a sixth-place finish with a time of 4:13.78.
In the 5,000-meter run Ryan Eville came home in 16:11.90 to finish fifth overall.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Justin Williams, Van Gieson, Hardman, and McInnis placed third overall as it combined for a time of 41.92 seconds.
In the field events Zachary Stump took home the third victory of the day for Salisbury as he posted a top finish in the pole vault with a height of 14' 3.25." His teammate Alex Hall placed fifth behind a height of 11' 3.75."
McInnis earned another victory for the Sea Gulls as he jumped to the top in the long jump with a leap of 21' 10." Chris Leby placed third overall behind a jump of 20' 1."
McInnis continued his solid afternoon with a third-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 43' 1.5." Meanwhile, Leby posted a jump of 42' 3.5" to place fifth.
Hall rounded out the field performance with a sixth-place finish in the javelin toss behind a toss of 127' 1."
Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, April 20 when it travels to Christopher Newport University to compete in the Captains Classic. The meet will start at 9 a.m.