Track & Field News
The Salem College track & field team opened up their 2012 meet at the Lenoir-Rhyne Powersox Invitational. Karoline Summerville (Charlotte, NC) finished in 10th in the 400 and 21st in the 800. The meet featured several NCAA Division II programs, and Salem was the only DIII program.
Paige Hamilton (Columbus, OH) will represent Salem College at the 2011 United States Collegiate Figure Skating Championships, which will take place July 21- 24, in Sun Valley, Idaho. Last year representing Salem, Hamilton placed 20th in the nation. The U.S. Collegiate Championships are held every summer and they are the only figure skating event in the country open solely to high-level, full-time college students.
The Salem College track team earned three medals at the Livingstone Classic this past weekend. Courtney Hedgecock (San Diego, CA) recorded Salem's highest finish ever as she earned a silver medal in the 1500 meter run. Hedgecock finished the race in 5:38, just two seconds behind the race winner.
The Salem College track team ran at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Seahawk Invitational this past weekend against mainly NCAA Division I competitors. Each member of the Spirits team improved in at least one event from the first meet of the season at Lenoir-Rhyne.
The Salem College track team competed in its first-ever meet today in a constant downpour of rain at Lenoir Rhyne. The Spirits competed against seven NCAA Division II programs in the meet, which was not scored. Mackenzie Schmidt (Columbus, OH) had the best finish of the day for the Spirits, coming in sixth overall out of 23 competitors in the 400 meter race (1:05.8).
The Salem College Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) just finished their collection of used shoes as part of the Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) shoe drive. All of the SAAC programs from the member institutions in the GSAC collected shoes to support Soles4Souls. SAAC and SAAC President Tatum Justice were able to collect thirty-two pairs of shoes, which have been sent to the conference office in LaGrange, GA.
Head Coach Shawn Marek finished in second place in the Charlotte Amica Insurance Half Marathon in a time of 1:13:35. Marek is the Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach at Salem. The race had 3,227 total competitors, and Marek also won his age bracket.