SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams set out to defend their home this weekend, hosting the Capital Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships, and began that quest in style, with a pair of school records, to lead both competitions after the first day.
Only a handful of events, primarily in the field, earned points, but the Salisbury women opened the competition by grabbing 80 points, 13 points clear of second-place York (Pa.) College. The Sea Gull men hold 60 points, with the University Mary Washington (53 points) the next closest team in that field.
Freshman Xavier Stinson was the first Sea Gull of the day to set a school mark, clearing 6' 8.75" in the high jump, half an inch above the previous school record, which he had shared with Bobby Price. Stinson kicked off a top-three sweep for Salisbury, as he was followed by seniors Jacob Adedeji (6' 4.75") and Paul Herbert (6' 2.75").
Salisbury also claimed the top three spots in the women's hammer throw, as senior Chelsea Tavik, picked up the first of two wins on the day for herself, with a top effort of 146' 7", ahead of teammates junior Sadie Mangold (131' 0") and freshman Kate Forte (109' 6").
Tavik also claimed the top spot in the javelin, setting another school record, with her top effort of 138' 0", which was thrown into a steady wind. The distance broke her school record by nearly seven feet and was just an inch off the CAC championship record of 139' 1". The event was one of the most lucrative for the Gulls, as Salisbury had five of the top six finishers. Freshman Shannon Gilligan placed second, with a distance of 118' 11" while classmate Kylie Volgelsang (107' 0"), Forte (100' 0") and Mangold (98' 8") finished third, fourth and fifth.
Sophomore Tara Greco came up just an inch shy of a school record in the triple jump, with a top effort of 36' 2", which was good for an individual CAC championship, while Herbert took second on the men's side in the triple jump, with his top distance covering 43' 9.75".
Salisbury had strong showings in Saturday's preliminary track events, as sophomore Tyler Austin had the top time in the men's 100-meter dash prelims, finishing in 10.76 seconds, just .14 of a second off the CAC championship record. Salisbury also had three of the top four qualifiers in the men's 200-meter dash, led by sophomore Richard Newman, who finished his heat in 21.82 seconds.
The five CAC track & field teams reconvene for the conclusion of the championships on Sunday, May 5, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The women's shot put, men's discus and women's long jump get the day started, track events begin at noon.
Salisbury's Individual CAC Champions
Matt McMurdo, Javelin, 173' 5"
Xavier Stinson, High Jump, 6' 8.75"
Tara Greco, Triple Jump, 36' 2"
Chelsea Tavik, Hammer, 146' 7"
Chelsea Tavik, Javelin, 138' 0"
New Program Records in Bold