YORK, Pa. – The Capital Athletic Conference announced its annual awards on Tuesday and Salisbury University earned 31 individual accolades. Additionally, the Sea Gulls came away with two Athlete of the Year awards, one Rookie of the Year and a Coach of the Year honor.
Salisbury throwers Jay Drenner and Chelsea Tavik were named the 2011 CAC Male and Female Athletes of the Year, respectively. SU freshman distance runner Ryan Jackson was named the 2011 Men's CAC Rookie of the Year, while Head Coach Jim Jones was named the 2011 CAC Women's Coach of the Year.
This marks the fifth-straight and ninth overall year that the Salisbury men's track & field team has had a student-athlete claim the Athlete of the Year award. Drenner turned in an impressive performance at the 2011 CAC Championships on April 16, as he won the men's shot put and hammer throw, plus a second-place finish in the discus. The Eldersburg, Md., native led the Sea Gulls to a second-place overall finish at the CAC Championships.
Tavik earned the Salisbury women's track & field program's second-straight and third overall CAC Women's Athlete of the Year award. Tavik, the 2010 CAC Rookie of the Year, won both the women's shot put and hammer throw. The Glen Burnie, Md., native also claimed second-team honors in the discus and javelin events. Tavik's performance helped lead the Sea Gulls to their second-straight and second overall CAC Championship.
Jackson is the sixth male student-athlete in program history to be named the CAC Rookie of the Year, and first since the 2007 campaign. The Laurel, Md., native competed in the 1,500-meter run and came in third place in the event.
Jones has now claimed seven overall CAC Coach of the Year awards, including the last two years as the CAC Women's Coach of the Year. He has been at the helm of the maroon and gold's track & field program for 12 years.
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)