Tavik becomes second woman with three straight CAC Athlete of the Year Awards, Campbell claims CAC Rookie of the Year

Tavik becomes second woman with three straight CAC Athlete of the Year Awards, Campbell claims CAC Rookie of the Year

YORK, Pa. – The Capital Athletic Conference released its 2013 Outdoor Track & Field honors and two Salisbury University student-athletes collected top individual awards, Head Coach Jim Jones was honored twice as Coach of the Year and the Sea Gulls claimed 48 individual all-conference accolades.

Senior Chelsea Tavik became just the second student-athlete to be named the CAC Women's Outdoor Athlete of the Year three times in a row, matching the University of Mary Washington's Myra Simpson (1995-97), after collecting four first-team all-conference performances (shot put, hammer, javelin and discus) at the CAC championships this past weekend at the SU Track & Field Complex.

Freshman Luke Campbell claimed the league's Men's Rookie of the Year Award after three all-conference performances. Campbell claimed the top spot in the 110-meter hurdles and finished second in the 400-meter hurdles. Campbell was also part of the winning 4x100-meter relay team, along with Jacob Adedeji, Richard Newman and Tyler Austin. Campbell was also selected as the league's Rookie of the Year at the indoor championships, as well.

Rookie and Athlete of the Year awards are voted on by the league's coaches while all-conference honors are determined by position in championship events. Winners are named first team, while runner-up performances garner second-team accolades.

The CAC coaches also voted Jones as the men's and women's Coach of the Year. It marks the second-straight year that he has swept the awards and marks 12 CAC Coach of the Year awards for Jones during the outdoor campaigns.

Along with Tavik's four first-team honors, Salisbury also had two event wins from junior Kara Tolson (100- and 200-meter dashes) and victories from freshman Lauren Snyder (400-meter dash), Brooke Schulz (400-meter hurdles), sophomore Hailey Spinapont (1,500-meter run) and sophomore Tara Greco (triple jump). The team of sophomore Alex Greissinger, Snyder, Schulz and Tolson also claimed the top spot in the women's 4x400-meter relay.

Senior Claire Lawrence (800-meter run), freshman Shannon Gilligan (javelin), junior Sadie Mangold (hammer), Snyder (200-meter dash), Greissinger (400-meter hurdles), Spinapont (5,000-meter run) all earned second-team honors.

For the men, it was all about the team depth. Sophomores Austin (100-meter dash), Newman (200-meter dash), Devon Hopkins (400-meter hurdles), Thomas Burke (800-meter dash), Dylan Burkett (shot put), Jeffrey Jordan (discus), juniors Matthew Hallenbeck (1,500-meter run), Matt McMurdo (javelin) and senior Chris Sufczynski (3,000-meter steeplechase) all joined Campbell on the first team.

The second-team members were familiar faces with Hopkins (110-meter hurdles), Austin (200-meter dash), Newman (400-meter dash), Burkett (discus), Adedeji (high jump), sophomore Ryan DiPascale (javelin) and senior Paul Herbert (triple jump) were all named to the second team. The 4x400-meter relay squad of sophomore Blake Bussard, junior Aaron Curry, Hopkins and Burke also grabbed second-team honors.

The Sea Gulls have two last chance meets remaining, with the first being May 13 with the SWAT Last Chance Meet hosted by Swarthmore College.

Click here for the full 2013 All-CAC Outdoor Track & Field Team.

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