Track teams lead after first day of CAC championships

Track teams lead after first day of CAC championships

FROSTBURG, Md. – Through one day of competition at the Capital Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the Salisbury University men's and women's teams lead in the standings at Frostburg State University.

Salisbury picked up four individual titles on Saturday, as junior Chelsea Tavik claimed two on the women's side and the men also grabbed two top spots.

Tavik won both the hammer throw, with a top distance of 152' 1", and the shot put, covering 45' 2.25" with her top effort. The 10 points she collected for each win, helped the women to 68 through the first day, to open a commanding 32-point lead over second-place the University of Mary Washington.

Salisbury also picked up a win in the hammer throw on the men's side as senior Jay Drenner covered 183' 9". His mark broke the school record for the sixth time this season, with Saturday's effort topping his previous best by more than eight feet. Junior Paul Herbert claimed the top spot in the men's triple jump, covering 45' 3". With the two wins, the Sea Gulls hold a 17-point lead, with 48 points, followed by York (Pa.) College's 31.

Tavik's win in the hammer led the Sea Gulls in the top five positions in the event, followed by seniors Jennifer Houghton (142' 9"), Holly Defnet (133' 2"), Rachel Holtzman (124' 9") and sophomore Sadie Mangold (117' 1").

Houghton also took second in the shot put, with a top distance of 39' 9.25" while Defnet earned a third-place finish in the triple jump, covering 34' 7", and sophomore Erika Gerhold placed third in the pole vault, clearing a top height of 9' 6.25".

In preliminary events, sophomore Kara Tolson was the top qualifier in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, advancing to Sunday's finals.

Freshman Dylan Burkett followed Drenner in the hammer, with a top distance of 146' 10".

Freshman Curtis Ford took second in the triple jump, covering 43' 11.25" and classmate Graham Lindahl placed third in the pole vault, clearing 12' 11.5" while senior David Toller finished third in the 10,000-meter run, finishing in the time of 33:22.00.

The teams will look to close out their CAC titles on Sunday. The men are in search of their 13th outdoor title while the women are looking for their third-straight championship. The first events on Sunday begin at 10:30 a.m.

Salisbury's Individual CAC Champions

Women

Chelsea Tavik, Hammer Throw, 152' 1"
Chelsea Tavik, Shot Put, 45' 2.25"

Men

Jay Drenner, Hammer Throw, 183' 9"
Paul Herbert, Triple Jump, 45' 3"

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