Sea Gulls claim 23 indoor all-conference honors; Tavik, Newman, Jones earn individual honors

Sea Gulls claim 23 indoor all-conference honors; Tavik, Newman, Jones earn individual honors

YORK, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams each collected the first indoor championships in the history of the Capital Athletic Conference and on Tuesday, when the league's yearly awards were announced, Salisbury picked up three key individual awards and 23 all-conference performers.

Junior Chelsea Tavik was named the women's Indoor Athlete of the Year and Head Coach Jim Jones was named the women's Indoor Coach of the Year while Richard Newman was named the men's Indoor Rookie of the Year.

Tavik claimed two CAC championships, by winning the shot put and the weight throw. Newman was the CAC champion in the 200-meter dash and earned CAC second-team honors in the 400-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles and was part of the team that took second in the 4x100-meter relay.

The Coach of the Year award is the 22nd in Jones' career, between men's and women's indoor and outdoor track & field and cross country.

Sophomore Kara Tolson earned three all-conference awards, including two first-team nods, while seniors Becca Stinner and sophomore Whitney Handy each claimed a pair of first-team awards and senior Jennifer Houghton took two second-team honors (shot put and weight throw).

Tolson won the 200-meter dash and was part of the 4x400-meter relay winning team while Stinner claimed the 800-meter and one mile run. Handy teamed with Tolson, sophomore Alex Greissinger and freshman Michelle Clark to win the 4x400 relay; Handy also won the 400-meter dash. Salisbury's other first-team award came from sophomore Emma Bahneman, who won the 5,000-meter run. Freshman Tara Greco earned second team in the triple jump.

Senior Jay Drenner earned two All-CAC first-team awards, winning the shot put and the weight throw while sophomore Jacob Adedeji claimed the top spot in the men's high jump.

Freshman Curtis Ford picked up second-team honors in the triple jump while classmate Dylan Burkett did so in the weight throw.

Newman teamed up with freshmen Devon Hopkins, Tyler Austin and Blake Bussard to take second in the 4x100-meter relay while the team of seniors John Fitzgerald and Zach Symons, sophomore Nathan Austin and freshman Thomas Burke claimed second in the distance medley relay.

The teams have one regular season indoor meet left on Saturday March 3, at the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier. That same day, the outdoor season will begin as Salisbury hosts the Lloyd Sigler Invitational at the SU Track.

To see the entire All-CAC Indoor men's team, click here. To see the entire All-CAC indoor women's team, click here.

Salisbury's All-CAC honorees

Women

First Team

Emma Bahneman (5,000m run)
Whitney Handy (400m dash)
Becca Stinner (1 mile)
Becca Stinner (800m run)
Chelsea Tavik (shot put)
Chelsea Tavik (weight throw)
Kara Tolson (200m dash)
4x400m relay (Alex Greissinger, Whitney Handy, Michelle Clark, Kara Tolson)

Second Team

Tara Greco (triple jump)
Jennifer Houghton (shot put)
Jennifer Houghton (weight throw)
Kara Tolson (high jump)

Men

First Team

Jacob Adedeji (high jump)
Jay Drenner (shot put)
Jay Drenner (weight throw)
Richard Newman (200m dash)

Second Team

Dylan Burkett (weight throw)
Curtis Ford (triple jump)
Joshua Mathis (high jump)
Richard Newman (60m hurdles)
Richard Newman (400m dash)
4x100m relay (Devon Hopkins, Tyler Austin, Blake Bussard, Richard Newman)
Distance medley relay (Nathan Austin, Zach Symons, Thomas Burke, John Fitzgerald)

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