Salisbury's Spriggs wins indoor track national title

March 14, 2010|By Sports Digest

Salisbury sprinter Delannie Spriggs of Owings shot out to a commanding lead in the 55-meter dash and never looked back, capturing the title at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track National Championship meet in Greencastle, Ind. "I was saying, 'Whoever gets out of the blocks faster and gets the first step is going to win,' " Spriggs said. "My main goal was to get out of the blocks. I didn't want anybody around me; I just wanted to run across the finish line by myself." Spriggs finished the race in 6.20 seconds, the fastest time of the season in Division III and a championship meet record, besting the 6.22 mark set by Cortland State's Sefan Mascoll in 1999. "I've been waiting for this since this time last year," said Spriggs, who finished second in the 55-meter dash at the 2009 championship meet. "I knew I could win, I just had to stay healthy. I knew I had the potential to win." Spriggs' is Salisbury's third individual title in track and field and the first in indoor. It is even more significant to Spriggs because he has endured numerous physical setbacks in his college career, including a hernia and injuries to his quadriceps, hip flexor and knee tendons. "I couldn't be happier for Delannie," Salisbury coach Jim Jones said. "All the injuries he's been through in his career and then to set a national and track record, it's beyond words. We've been through a lot the last four years. The faith that he has and we share and the belief he has in himself, I can't be more proud." Salisbury's Brandon Fugett (Cardinal Gibbons) finished fifth in the shot put (54 feet, 9 1/4 inches), good enough for an All-America award. Fugett won the outdoor national championship in the shot put last spring.

Baseball: Rain forced the postponement of Salisbury's Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader scheduled for this afternoon. The games have yet to be rescheduled. The Sea Gulls travel to Cocoa, Fla., this week to take on Nichols College, New Paltz State and Baruch College. Salisbury's next scheduled home game is March 22, when the Sea Gulls play Virginia Wesleyan College at 3 p.m.

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