YORK, Pa. – When the 2011 Capital Athletic Conference Track & Field Championships were put on hold on Saturday evening due to severe weather, the Salisbury University women's track & field team was just two events away from winning its second-straight CAC championship. It was worth the wait for the Sea Gulls, though; when the meet resumed on Sunday and the final events were contested, the women's team maintained its grasp on first place to earn the program's second conference title.
The Salisbury women were firing on all cylinders throughout the meet, racking up points both on the track and in the field. "I'm so proud of our women," said Head Coach Jim Jones. "Under some extreme weather conditions, to have them perform at the highest level and to see what they've been able to achieve was really inspiring." The maroon and gold picked up eight first-place and seven second-place finishes in the championships, leading to 11 All-CAC first-team selections and 10 All-CAC second-team nods for the women.
The win marks the second-ever (and second consecutive) CAC title for the women's program.
The men's team put forth a valiant effort, posting a second-place finish at the CAC championships; they were just 18 points behind York (Pa.) College, which wound up winning its first men's track & field conference championship in 19 years. "I'm very proud of them," said Jones. "I thought the men competed just as well as the women. They were fighting and fighting for each other, and we came up just short, but not by much."
Six first-place and four second-place finishes for the men earned the Sea Gulls a handful of All-CAC awards; the complete list of Sea Gull athletes who earned All-CAC accolades can be found below. All first-place finishers earned All-Capital Athletic Conference first-team honors for their performances; second-place finishers received second-team All-CAC honors.
The Sea Gulls will have some time to rest before traveling to Philadelphia for the Penn Relays from April 28-30.
All-Capital Athletic Conference: Women
10,000-meter run: Liz Tollett (42:09.53)
3,000-meter steeplechase: Becca Stinner (11:52.40)
800-meter run: Becca Stinner (2:24.17)
200-meter dash: Kara Tolson (27.40 seconds)
Hammer throw: Chelsea Tavik (39.82 meters)
Shot put: Chelsea Tavik (12.62 meters)
Pole vault: Erika Gerhold (2.29 meters)
4x400 meter relay: Whitney Handy, Courtney Donnelly, Kara Tolson, Claire Lawrence (4:07.65)
4x100 meter relay: Whitney Handy, Alex Greissinger, Courtney Donnelly, Kara Tolson (52.79 seconds)
400-meter run: Whitney Handy (1:01.28)
800-meter run: Claire Lawrence (2:25.71)
5,000-meter run: Becca Stinner (19:14.45)
Hammer throw: Holly Defnet (39.66 meters)
Javelin throw: Chelsea Tavik (33.59 meters)
Discus throw: Chelsea Tavik (31.70 meters)
All-Capital Athletic Conference: Men
3,000 meter steeplechase: Chris Barnard (9:56.90)
5,000 meter run: Chris Barnard (16:11.06)
Hammer throw: Jay Drenner (44.83 meters)
Shot put: Jay Drenner (13.97 meters)
High jump: Corey Blain (1.85 meters)
Javelin throw: Matt McMurdo (54.32 meters)
400-meter hurdles: Devin Moreno (58.20 seconds)
Triple jump: Paul Herbert (12.80 meters)
Shot put: Matt McMurdo (13.63 meters)
Discus throw: Jay Drenner (39.61 meters)
Final Team Rankings – Women (20 events scored)
- Salisbury (213 points)
- York (148 points)
- Mary Washington (115 points)
- Wesley (56 points)
- Frostburg State (38 points)
- Hood (19 points)
- Stevenson (17 points)
Final Team Rankings – Men (20 events scored)
- York (160 points)
- Salisbury (142 points)
- Mary Washington (130.33 points)
- Frostburg State (100.33 points)
- Hood (37.33 points)
- Wesley (29 points)
- Stevenson (16 points)