SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University track and field teams wrapped up their title chases at the Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference (C2C) Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held on Saturday at the SU Track & Field Complex.
The men's team finished in second place in the six-team field, accumulating 134 teams points over the 20 scored events. Christopher Newport won the men's C2C championship with 225 points. Mary Washington (101), UC Santa Cruz (97) and Southern Virginia (44) rounded out the top five.
The women's team finished fifth with a 20-even total of 43 points. Christopher Newport made it a clean sweep on the day by winning the women's C2C championship with 167 points, narrowly besting second-place Mary Washington (157). Southern Virginia (135) and UC Santa Cruz (97) finished ahead of Salisbury.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Thrower Travis Zimmerman was named C2C Men's Field Athlete of the Meet after winning two of his three events. Zimmerman captured a gold medal in the shot put with a personal-best 14.21 meters (46-7.5), adding to his Friday win in the hammer throw (48.95 meters, 160-7). Zimmerman also finished fifth in the discus throw (37.15 meters, 121-10) to earn his team points in that event.
- Cameron Hasko won a conference title in the javelin throw, setting a new personal best at 53.68 meters (176-1). Teammate Keifer Thomas took the silver medal in the event with a distance of 48.26 meters (158-4).
- The Sea Gull 4x400-meter relay team earned a thrilling come-from-behind victory in the final event of the meet. Brian Hufford, Luke Stout and Mike Heinz all kept pace with the frontrunning UC Santa Cruz team through the first three legs. On the final straightaway of the final lap, anchor runner Ryan Temple found an extra gear and executed a dramatic pass right at the finish line. Temple broke the tape with a relay time of 3:25.599, forty-five-thousandths of a second faster than UCSC's second-place time of 3:25.644.
- Jacob Shelton and Zachary Stump each earned points in the 100-meter dash, with Shelton finishing fifth (11.201) and Stump sixth (11.203).
- Sherrod Frye took fifth in the 200-meter run (22.79).
- Temple and Heinz finished four-five in the 800-meter run, each breaking two minutes with Temple at 1:59.32 and Heinz at 1:59.53.
- Jason Cave finished fourth in the 5,000-meter run (15:23.30), with Matt Grossi coming in sixth in a personal-best 15:41.68.
- Sam Bodmer took third in the 10,000-meter run (34:38.89), while Ethan Gray crossed fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:10.75).
- The Sea Gull 4x100-meter relay team of Dylan Schwarzmann, Tyson Bowie, Zion Wamley and Jacob Shelton took a third-place finish with a time of 43.85 seconds.
- Andrew McGinley earned a bronze in the high jump, losing out on a tiebreaker for second place at 1.91 meters (6-3.25).
- Stump had the fourth-best pole vault mark on the day (4.16 meters, 13-7.75).
- Bowie (6.58 meters, 21-7.25) and Wamley (6.35 meters, 20-10) earned second- and fifth-place finishes, respectively, in the long jump.
- Frye took home the silver in the triple jump (13.80 meters, 45-3.5) with Bowie taking the bronze (12.07 meters, 39-7.25).
- In the shot put, Luis Smith (13.62 meters, 44-8.25) and Brian Duperval (13.42 meters, 44-0.5) finished third and fourth, respectively, giving Salisbury three top-six finishers in the event including the winner Zimmerman.
- Smith and Duperval again finished in the point tally behind Zimmerman in the hammer throw, with Smith taking third (43.24 meters, 141-10) and Duperval sixth (37.85 meters, 124-2).
- National high jump co-leader Colleen Howard lost a heartbreaking tiebreaker in the event, finishing tied for the lead but earning a silver medal at 1.66 meters (5-5.25).
- Destinee Ekanem finished fourth in the 800-meter run, crossing the line in 2:28.30.
- Heather Delaplaine earned a fifth-place finish in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:59.88.
- Sydney Ruckel finished fifth in the 10,000-meter run (41:34.55) on Friday.
- Courtney Martin earned points in both hurdle events, taking the bronze in the 400-meter hurdles (1:09.31) and finishing fifth in the 100-meter hurdles (16.62 seconds).
- Alyssa Santoro came in sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (12:46.54).
- The 4x100-meter relay team of Makenzie Hirsch, Alyssa Collier, Abby Potter and Jaedyn Ballengee finished fourth with a time of 54.71 seconds.
- The 4x400-meter relay team of Martin, Ekanem, Erin Connelly and Delaplaine crossed fifth in 4:22.57.
- Ballengee (4.66 meters, 15-3.5) and Potter (4.64 meters, 15-2.75) placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the long jump. Potter also earned points in the triple jump with a sixth-place finish (9.95 meters, 32-7.75).
- Alexandra Jakubowski took fourth place in the hammer throw (37.70 meters, 123-8).
- The Sea Gulls will make their last appeals for nationals at the Salisbury University Final Qualifier on Tuesday, May 18.
- First events from the SU Track & Field Complex are set to begin at 4 p.m.