Track & field teams claim CAC titles by wide margins on Sunday

Track & field teams claim CAC titles by wide margins on Sunday

FROSTBURG, Md. – The Salisbury University women's and men's track & field teams built upon the leads they put together in the first day of the Capital Athletic Conference championships to take commanding titles. The win is the third in a row for the women's team and the 13th overall for the men. Along the way the teams set six CAC championship records and three school records.

Senior Becca Stinner picked up three wins on Sunday helping the women to 255 points, more than 130 points clear of second-place the University of Mary Washington. Senior Jay Drenner and sophomore Matthew Hallenbeck each claimed two individual titles on Sunday as the men earned 253 points for a 145-point victory over York (Pa.) College. The wins for each team marked the second-largest margin in CAC history.

Stinner ran the gamut of distance victories with wins in the 800-meter run, the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5,000-meter run. Stinner won the 800 with a time of 2:20.93, nearly three seconds ahead of junior Claire Lawrence, in second, with a time of 2:23.72, while freshman Ameera Teal took third (2:26.14). The Darnestown, Md., native won the steeplechase by nearly 30 seconds, crossing the finish line in 11:54.69 while sophomore Emma Bahneman placed second with a time of 12:22.21. Stinner's time of 19:28.60 in the 5,000 was good for a 10-second victory.

Junior Chelsea Tavik, who won two events on Saturday, including setting a CAC championship record in the shot put (45' 2.25"), claimed two more wins on Sunday picking up titles in the javelin and the discus. Her top distance in the discus covered 129' 11", which set a school and CAC championship record. The school mark had stood since 1999 (Michelle Betz, 129' 8"). She was the first of four Sea Gulls at the top of the standings in the event, followed by seniors Jennifer Houghton (114' 9"), Rachel Holtzman (105' 2") and sophomore Sadie Mangold (103' 2").

Tavik covered 127' 11" in the javelin, good for a win by more than six feet.

Sophomore Kara Tolson was good for a pair of individual wins on Sunday, claiming the 200-meter dash in a time of 25.50 seconds, which is the best performance in CAC championship history, and she also grabbed the 100-meter dash title with a time of 12.64 seconds. Classmate Whitney Handy placed third in the 200, with a time of 26.75 seconds.

Tolson and Handy teamed up for a pair of relay victories, setting the school and CAC championship mark in the 4x100-meter relay along with sophomore Alex Greissinger and freshman Michelle Clark with a time of 49.26 seconds. The school record had stood since 2007 while the CAC championship record had been in place since 1999.

The same quartet earned a win, along with the CAC championship record, in the 4x400-meter relay, getting the baton around in 4:00.44.

Handy claimed a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash, with a time of 59.55 seconds, and Greissinger placed second in the 400-meter hurdles (1:05.59).

Drenner, coming off the hammer throw win on Saturday, picked up the shot put and discus titles on Sunday. Drenner's 147' 8" performance in the discus allowed him to collect the win by just one inch over freshman Dylan Burkett. Freshman Jeff Jordan (137' 5") finished in third.

Drenner edged Frostburg State University's Christian Smith in the shot put, by just over eight inches, with a top effort of 46' 11.5", while freshman Ryan DiPascale took third (45' 2.5").

Hallenbeck was able to earn wins in the 800-meter run and the 1,500-meter run. He outkicked freshman Thomas Burke in the 800, winning by just .14 of a second with a time of 1:55.19. In the 1,500, he held off senior John Fitzgerald, finishing in a time of 4:00.78, just over five seconds ahead of Fitzgerald (4:05.93).

Senior Chris Barnard set a CAC championship record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, winning the event with a time of 9:28.11. The previous CAC mark had stood since 2005. Barnard also placed second in the 5,000-meter run (15:34.83).

Freshman Richard Newman helped Salisbury to 30 points on the day, winning the 400-meter dash and helping his teams to wins in the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays.

In the 400-meter dash, Newman's time of 49.07 was four-tenths of a second ahead of second place while the 4x100-meter relay team of Newman, juniors Jacob Adedeji, Adrian Jackson and freshman Tyler Austin won by nearly a full second with a time of 42.18 seconds. Newman, Austin, freshman Blake Bussard and freshman Devon Hopkins took the top spot in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:21.90.

Hopkins also earned an individual win, claiming the 400-meter hurdles, with a time of 55.24 seconds and placed second in the 110-meter hurdles (15.42 seconds). Freshman Joshua Mathis earned the win in the high jump, clearing a top height of 6' 4", with junior Paul Herbert taking third, also clearing 6' 4".

Herbert also took third in the long jump, covering 21' 1.25", just behind freshman Curtis Ford (21' 8"). Austin picked up third-place finishes in the 100-meter dash (11.02 seconds) and 200-meter dash (22.08 seconds).

Salisbury's Individual CAC Champions


Chelsea Tavik, Hammer Throw, 152' 1"
Chelsea Tavik, Shot Put, 45' 2.25"
Chelsea Tavik, Javelin, 127' 11"
Chelsea Tavik, Discus, 129' 11"
Kara Tolson, 100m dash, 12.64
Kara Tolson, 200m dash, 25.50
Becca Stinner, 3,000m steeplechase, 11:54.69
4x100-meter relay, 49.26
Becca Stinner, 800m run, 2:20.93
Becca Stinner, 5,000m run, 19:28.60
4x400-meter relay, 4:00.44


Jay Drenner, Hammer Throw, 183' 9"
Paul Herbert, Triple Jump, 45' 3"
Jay Drenner, Shot Put, 46' 11.5"
Joshua Mathis, High Jump, 6' 4"
Jay Drenner, Discus, 147' 8
Chris Barnard, 3,000m steeplechase, 9:28.11
4x100-meter relay, 42.18
Matthew Hallenbeck, 1,500m run, 4:00.78
Richard Newman, 400m dash, 49.07
Matthew Hallenbeck, 800m run, 1:55.19
Devon Hopkins, 400m hurdles, 55.24
4x400-meter relay, 3:21.90

New school records in bold

New CAC Championship records in italics

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