NEW ORLEANS – On the heels of becoming the first indoor champion in the history of the Capital Athletic Conference, the Salisbury University women's track & field team reached a new high on Wednesday as it ascended to the No. 34 spot in the nation when the rankings were released by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The Sea Gulls also reached the No. 2 spot in the Mideast Region, trailing only Johns Hopkins University; both rankings are the highest the team has achieved during the tenure of Head Coach Jim Jones.
The men's team climbed as high as No. 12 during the 2010 season.
This past Sunday, at the inaugural CAC indoor championships, the Salisbury women broke seven school records and collected eight event championships.
Part of Salisbury's strong showing in the rankings is the shot put performance of junior Chelsea Tavik. Her school-record mark of 46' 0.75" in the event this season is the third-best mark in the nation.
The USTFCCCA rankings are complied by mathematical formulae based on national descending order lists and data taken from previous seasons. The purpose and methodology of the rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots in the national-team race.
The Sea Gulls will return to the site of the CAC championships this Sunday as they travel to the George Mason Winter Games in Fairfax, Va.