FAIRFAX, Va. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams had 12 combined individual champions and set nine school records as they became the first-ever Capital Athletic Conference champions with each squad rolling to the titles in the event held at George Mason University.
The women were 68 points better than second-place York (Pa.) College while the men won by 59 points, ahead of Frostburg State University.
Seven of the individual CAC champions came on the women's side with senior Becca Stinner and junior Chelsea Tavik each earning a pair of titles. Sophomores Kara Tolson and Whitney Handy each earned an individual title and were part of a relay championship as well.
Stinner's time of 5:16.86 in the mile was good not only for the championship, but also for a new school record. Stinner also won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:22.42. Tavik claimed both the shot put and weight throw. Her top distance in the shot was 44' 0" while she set a new school record with a top heave of 53' 5.75" in the weight throw as the Sea Gulls earned the top five positions in the event. Senior Jennifer Houghton took second (49' 5.5"), junior Holly Defnet placed third (46' 2.5") followed by senior Rachel Holtzman and sophomore Sadie Mangold.
Houghton and Defnet gave Salisbury a top-three sweep of the shot put as Houghton took second with a top distance of 35' 11.5" and Defnet placed third (35' 7.25").
Handy's time of 1:00.92 gave her the victory in the 400-meter dash and set a school record while Tolson won the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.56 seconds.
Handy and Tolson teamed with sophomore Alex Greissinger and freshman Michelle Clark to set a new school record on their way to winning the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:08.30. The mark crushed the previous best time in the school history by nearly six seconds. Greissinger also took third place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:02.15.
The Salisbury women collected four other school records. Tolson ran the 60-meter dash in 8.01 seconds to place third, setting a new mark and also took second place in the high jump with a top height of 4' 11.75".
Clark set an individual school mark with a time of 9.53 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles while freshman Tara Greco's best distance in the triple jump (35' 4.5") gave her second place and put her name in the record books.
Senior Jay Drenner paced the men, earning a pair of wins and setting a new school record along the way. Drenner's top distance in the weight throw of 56' 4.75" gave him a new school record and was more than 14 feet better than the next closest competitor, freshman Dylan Burkett (42' 4.25"). Drenner's top heave of 45' 11.75" also earned him the win in the shot put while teammate freshman Ryan DiPascale took third (45' 7.75").
Freshman Richard Newman earned three top-two individual finishes, including a win in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.60 seconds. Newman claimed second in the 400-meter dash, with a time of 50.47 seconds, and the 60-meter hurdles, setting a new school record with a time of 8.54 seconds.
Freshman Curtis Ford earned a pair of top-three performances, finishing second in the triple jump (42' 9.75") and third in the long jump (21' 2.75").
Freshman Thomas Burke claimed third in the 800-meter run (1:58.61) while the Sea Gulls finished second in the 4x400-meter relay and the distance medley.
Seniors Zach Symons and John Fitzgerald, sophomore Nathan Austin and Burke ran the distance medley in 10:57.05 while freshmen Devon Hopkins, Tyler Austin, Blake Bussard and Newman finished the 4x400-meter relay in 3:29.35.
The teams will return to Fairfax next Sunday, Feb. 26, to compete in the George Mason Winter Games.
Salisbury's CAC Champions
Kara Tolson – 200-meter dash (26.56)
Whitney Handy – 400-meter dash (1:00.92)
Becca Stinner – 800-meter run (2:22.42)
Becca Stinner – 1 mile run (5:16.86)
Emma Bahneman – 5,000-meter run (19:29.62)
4x400-meter relay (4:08.30)
- Alex Greissinger, Whitney Handy, Michelle Clark, Kara Tolson
Chelsea Tavik – Shot put (44' 0")
Chelsea Tavik – Weight throw (53' 5.75")
Richard Newman – 200-meter dash (22.60)
Jacob Adedeji – High jump (6' 5.5")
Jay Drenner – Shot put (45' 11.75")
Jay Drenner – Weight throw (56' 4.75")
Women's Team Results
1. Salisbury University – 188 points
2. York (Pa.) College – 120 points
3. University of Mary Washington – 76 points
4. Frostburg State University – 35 points
5. Hood College – 32 points
6. Stevenson University – 10 points
7. Wesley College – 1 point
Men's Team Results
1. Salisbury University – 150 points
2. Frostburg State University – 91 points
3. York (Pa.) College – 78.50 points
4. University of Mary Washington – 74.50 points
5. Hood College – 43 points
6. Wesley College – 28 points