PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The Salisbury University indoor track and field teams broke out of their winter hiatus in a big way with the men's and women's squads each earning podium finishes on Friday at the Eastern Shore Invitational, hosted by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore at the Hytche Athletic Center.
The Sea Gull men managed a second-place finish with 144 points, sandwiched between a couple of Division I schools in first-place Delaware State (172.5) and third-place Eastern Shore (117). The Sea Gull women took third with 94 points, finishing behind only Eastern Shore (150) and Delaware State (122).
The meet was originally scheduled to be held over two days but was condensed to one day due to the oncoming winter storm expected to hit the eastern seaboard.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Salisbury swept the top four slots in the 3,000-meter run, with Matt Grossi breaking the tape in 8:58.17. Finishing directly behind Grossi were Austin Foote (9:18.81), Sam Bodmer (9:20.88) and Ethan Gray (10:00.16).
- Travis Zimmerman and Luis Smith took the top two positions in the weight throw. Zimmerman's winning distance of 17.69m is currently the 11th-best weight throw mark in all of Division III. Smith emerged for a second-place mark of 14.59m.
- Smith earned his second silver of the day in the shot put, managing 13.54m. Zimmerman (12.85m) finished fourth.
- Rashawn Markman won the triple jump by soaring 14.17m, as of Friday good for 14th in Division III. Tyson Bowie took third in the event at 11.76m.
- Markman narrowly missed another victory in the long jump, taking second in 6.74m, just 0.01m off the winning mark.
- Ryan Temple and Christian Ciattei gave the Sea Gulls a two-three finish in the mile run, with Temple earning silver in 4:41.34 and Ciattei taking bronze in 4:43.03.
- Mike Heinz earned a second-place finish in the 800-meter run in 2:07.88.
- Wyatt Parks cracked the top three in the pole vault, taking third by clearing 3.95m.
- SU swept the podium in the 3,000-meter run, with school recordholder Sydney Ruckel leading the way in 10:54.59. Alyssa Santoro (11:33.98) and Allyson Wagner (11:51.73) finished second and third, respectively.
- Heather Delaplaine won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:29.91, over eight seconds faster than her closest competitor. Maddie Rathmann took third in the event in 2:41.58, while Abigale Simmons (2:42.04) made it three Sea Gulls in the top four.
- Alexandra Jakubowski took third place in the weight throw with a distance of 12.65m.
- Abby Potter (9.69m) and Lian Peach (9.68m) finished second and third, respectively, in the triple jump.
- Peach also took third in the long jump at 4.76m.
- The Sea Gulls will head down to Virginia Wesleyan on Sunday, Feb. 6, for the Richard Drake Invitational.
- The opening events from Virginia Beach are slated for 9 a.m.
Salisbury University is a proud member of NCAA Division III with primary membership in the Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference, along with the New Jersey Athletic Conference for football and the Metropolitan Swimming and Diving Conference for men's and women's swimming. With over 500 student-athletes in 21 varsity sports, SU is recognized as one of the most competitive intercollegiate athletics programs regardless of division, and dedicated coaches and staff that foster excellence on-and-off the field. The Sea Gulls have celebrated 22 team national championships, 24 individual national champions, 186 conference championships and 41 Academic All-Americans.
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