NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Salisbury University track & field has officially added two more All-American honors to its total, as senior Chelsea Tavik and freshman Luke Campbell each earned the distinction on Saturday at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships.
The two All-American awards give the men's and women's programs 36 total awards, 21 of which have come since 2005. Tavik earned her fourth All-American honor, becoming the most decorated Salisbury female track & field student-athlete of all time, surpassing Stacie Gado, who was a three-time All-American in 1994-97 in the javelin.
Tavik, the national champion in the shot put last season, crushed her own school record, with a top heave of 49' 6.5" on Saturday, but placed second to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh's Breanna Strupp.
"I feel really great having accomplished a fourth All-American status," Tavik said. "It's a great feeling having thrown a new personal record and improving myself as an athlete, but I still can taste the gold and will be going for it hard come outdoor season."
Leading into her final throw of the day, Tavik's best had been just over 48 feet, as she trailed in the competition. The Glen Burnie, Md., native came up with a huge effort in her final attempt of the night, bettering her own school record by two feet. Her previous mark had stood at 47' 6.5".
Strupp's final effort was also her best of the night, with a distance of 51' 6.25" to give her the title.
Along with her national championship during the indoor season last year, Tavik also earned All-American honors during the outdoor seasons in 2011 and 2012, both in the shot put.
Campbell, in his first championship appearance, earned his All-American honor by qualifying for Saturday's final in the 60-meter hurdles. The Brunswick, Md., native is the school-record holder in the event and finished seventh on Saturday, with a time of 8.27 seconds.
Campbell was narrowly edged out for sixth place by University of Wisconsin at Platteville's T.J. Valley, who finished the race in 8.23 seconds while Wabash College's Ronnie Posthauer took fifth with a time of 8.22 seconds.
Worcester State University's Terrence Gibson earned the national title, crossing the finish line in 8.04 seconds.
Campbell is the first indoor freshman All-American in Salisbury history, and becomes the first indoor hurdler to accomplish the feat.
Tavik and Campbell will begin their efforts in the outdoor season next week as the Sea Gulls will travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Wake Forest Open on Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16.