Salisbury sweeps CAC outdoor track & field championships for third time in school history

Salisbury sweeps CAC outdoor track & field championships for third time in school history

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams earned their third ever sweep of the Capital Athletic Conference outdoor championships with each team earning a convincing win at the SU Track & Field Complex on Sunday.

The women earned a 100-point victory, scoring 257 points in the meet, over of the University of Mary Washington, in second place. The men scored 261 points, well clear of Mary Washington as the Eagles finished with 167 points.

The title is the fourth for the women's program as the Sea Gulls have claimed the last four championships, while the men have won 14 in program history, including the past two.

Senior Chelsea Tavik paced the women, earning two more victories on Sunday, giving her four in this year's championship and 15 CAC individual titles in her career, through both indoor and outdoor. Sunday she claimed the shot put, breaking her own CAC championship record, with a toss of 45' 1.5" and earned the top spot in the discus, covering 119' 8".

Junior Kara Tolson earned wins in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes on Sunday, while also being part of the women's 4x400-meter relay win to close out the event. In the 200, Tolson set a CAC championship record with a time of 25.36 seconds, while being just .04 of a second off the CAC record in the 100-meter dash with a winning time of 12.33 seconds. Freshman Lauren Snyder finished second in the 200, with a time of 26.65 seconds and picked up the win in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 1:01.50 with teammate Ameera Teal (1:03.75) taking third.

In the 4x400-meter relay, Salisbury saw Tolson anchor a team of junior Alex Greissinger, sophomore Brooke Schulz and Snyder, with a winning time of 4:05.58.

Schulz earned the win in the 400-meter hurdles, with a time of 1:06.68, while Greissinger took second in 1:06.75.

Sophomore Hailey Spinapont picked up a win and a second-place finish in two of the distance events on Sunday, winning the 1,500-meter run, by just .45 of a second, with a time of 4:51.08 while senior Anna Steinman (5:02.87) took third. Spinapont placed second in the 5,000-meter run, crossing the finish line in 19:06.83.

Sophomore Tara Greco picked up a second-place finish in the women's long jump, covering 16' 11.25" with her best effort, while senior Claire Lawrence grabbed a second-place finish in the 800-meter run (2:20.82).

Sophomore Ashley Reilly placed third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.77 and classmate Olivia Cloud was third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing in 12:32.77.

Depth was the key for the men with no individual winning multiple individual events. Freshman Luke Campbell earned an individual crown and a relay title on Sunday. Campbell won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.53 seconds, ahead of teammate Devon Hopkins (15.16) by more than six-tenths of a second. Campbell's time was .04 of a second off the CAC championship record.

Hopkins and Campbell were each under the time of the previous CAC championship record, held by Cory Beebe, in the 400-meter hurdles. Hopkins earned the win, with a time of 53.38 seconds while Campbell finished in 53.40. Sophomore Blake Bussard (56.82) came home third.

Campbell teamed with sophomore Richard Newman, senior Jacob Adedeji and sophomore Tyler Austin to claim the men's 4x100-meter relay, with a time of 41.40 seconds, narrowly missing the school record of 41.04 seconds, set at the 2008 CAC championship.

Austin led a contingent of Salisbury runners in the men's 100-meter dash, breaking the CAC championship record, previously held by Delannie Spriggs, with a time of 10.55 seconds. Behind Austin, in third, fourth and fifth, separated by less than a tenth of a second were Adedeji (11.13), senior Adrian Jackson (11.14) and freshman Matthew Toth (11.14).

Newman earned the win in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.38 seconds while Austin (21.75 seconds) took second. Newman also finished second in the 400-meter dash (49.44 seconds).

Sophomore Dylan Burkett claimed the win in the men's shot put, covering 47' 1.5" with his best effort and giving Salisbury three of the top four spots followed by Ryan DiPascale (44' 10.75") in third and junior Matt McMurdo (44' 3.5") in fourth.

Sophomore Jeffrey Jordan earned the top spot in the men's discus competition, with a top throw of 144' 7", with Burkett grabbing second, with his effort of 141' 9".

Senior Chris Sufczynski picked up a win in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, covering the distance in 9:57.61. Junior Matthew Hallenbeck's time of 4:06.07 earned a win in the 1,500-meter run.

Sophomore Thomas Burke was just .04 of a second from a CAC championship record, with his winning time of 1:54.76 in the 800-meter run.

Senior Paul Herbert earned a third-place finish in the men's long jump, with his top distance of 21' 2.5" and freshman Kyle Tockman was able to finish third in the 5,000-meter run, finishing in 15:46.51.

Salisbury's 4x400-meter relay team of Hopkins, Bussard, Newman and junior Aaron Curry took second place with a time of 3:24.37.

Salisbury looks strong heading into the final weeks of the regular season. Next on the schedule will be the SWAT Last Chance Meet, hosted by Swarthmore College on May 13.

Salisbury's Individual CAC Champions

Men

Tyler Austin, 100-meter dash, 10.55
Thomas Burke, 800-meter run, 1:54.76
Dylan Burkett, Shot Put, 47' 1.5"
Luke Campbell, 110-meter hurdles, 14.53
Matthew Hallenbeck, 1,500-meter run, 4:06.07
Devon Hopkins, 400-meter hurdles, 53.38
Jeff Jordan, Discus, 144' 7"
Matt McMurdo, Javelin, 173' 5"
Richard Newman, 200-meter dash, 21.38
Xavier Stinson, High Jump, 6' 8.75"
Chris Sufczynski, 3,000-meter steeplechase, 9:57.61
4x100-meter relay, 41.40

Women

Tara Greco, Triple Jump, 36' 2"
Brooke Schulz, 400-meter hurdles, 1:06.68
Lauren Snyder, 400-meter dash, 1:01.50
Hailey Spinapont, 1,500-meter run, 4:51.08
Chelsea Tavik, Discus, 119' 8"
Chelsea Tavik, Hammer, 146' 7"
Chelsea Tavik, Javelin, 138' 0"
Chelsea Tavik, Shot Put, 45' 1.5"
Kara Tolson, 100-meter dash, 12.33
Kara Tolson, 200-meter dash, 25.36
4x400-meter relay, 4:05.58

New Program Records in Bold
CAC Championship record in italics

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