NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University track and field teams shined in their final tune-up before the Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference (C2C) Championships in two weeks, competing at the New Captains Classic on Friday and Saturday at the Irwin Belk Track at TowneBank Stadium. No team scores were tracked for the events.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Mike Heinz led the way in a spectacular team showing in the 800-meter run. Heinz won the event in 1:56.59, one of three Sea Gulls to break two minutes. Ryan Temple finished second in 1:57.18, while Brian Hufford took fifth in 1:59.45. All three runners set personal records.
- Travis Zimmerman broke the top-15 nationally in the hammer throw. Zimmerman's event-winning personal record of 53.53 meters (175-7) beat the rest of the field by over 10 meters and as of Saturday night is the 15th-best hammer throw mark in all of Division III.
- Reigning C2C Men's Field Athlete of the Week Zachary Stump took the gold once again in the pole vault, clearing a height of 4.70 meters (15-5).
- Cameron Hasko and Keifer Thomas again finished one-two in the javelin throw. Hasko won his fourth straight javelin at 52.08 meters (170-10), while Thomas finished right behind him at 49.34 meters (161-10).
- Andrew McGinley won the high jump for the fifth time in six meets, clearing 1.80 meters (5-10.75).
- Caleb Mable broke the tape in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.83 seconds.
- Jacob Shelton and Nazaire Spencer finished third in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, respectively. Shelton finished his race in 11.26 seconds, while Spencer crossed the line in 22.74 seconds.
- Sebastian Quinn took second place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:52.99.
- The 4x100-meter relay team of Dylan Schwarzmann, Tyson Bowie, Zion Wamley and Jacob Shelton finished third with a strong time of 43.74 seconds.
- The Sea Gulls got a standout performance from their 4x400-meter relay A-team. Spencer, Sherrod Frye, Justin Spiers and Mable took the silver medal in 3:25.81.
- Bowie earned a third-place finish in the long jump (6.10 meters, 20-0.25), while Eddie Wilson locked down third in the triple jump (12.26 meters, 40-2.75).
- Allyson Wagner won the 3,000-meter run in a personal-best 11:21.54, while Sydney Ruckel finished second in the event in 11:30.67.
- Three-time C2C Women's Field Athlete of the Week Colleen Howard won the high jump for her fifth straight event, clearing 1.60 meters (5-3).
- Destinee Ekanem set a new personal record in the 800-meter run, taking second place in 2:28.36.
- Sophia Crozier-Carole and Alyssa Collier tied for second in the pole vault, each clearing 3.10 meters (10-2). Crozier-Carole's mark was a new personal record.
- Heather Delaplaine nearly broke five minutes in the 1,500-meter run, finishing third in 5:01.92.
- The Sea Gulls saw third-place finishers in both hurdle events. Danielle Jensen crossed the line in the 100-meter hurdles in 16.02 seconds, while Courtney Martin finished the 400-meter hurdles in 1:11.67.
- Alyssa Santoro finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 12:38.84.
- Salisbury's 4x100-meter relay team took the bronze, with Makenzie Hirsch, Collier, Abby Potter and Jaedyn Ballengee finishing the race in 53.71 seconds.
- SU also got a third-place mark from its 4x400-meter relay team. Zoe Lynch, Delaplaine, Ekanem and Jensen turned in a time of 4:18.37.
- Ballengee (4.58 meters, 15-0.5) and Potter (4.30 meters, 14-1.25) took silver and bronze, respectively, in the long jump.
- Jensen notched 10.42 meters (34-2.25) in the triple jump, good for a third-place finish.
- Alexandra Jakubowski finished on the podium in the javelin throw, taking third at 25.87 meters (84-10).
- The Sea Gulls now look ahead two weeks to the C2C Championships, set to be hosted at Salisbury University, on April 30 and May 1.
- First events from the SU Track & Field Complex on April 30 will begin at 4 p.m., while events on May 1 will get underway at 11:30 a.m.