SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams will battle for Capital Athletic Conference glory on Saturday, Feb. 22, in the CAC Indoor Track & Field Championships at Christopher Newport University. The first events begin at 10:30 a.m.
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CAC championship history
The 2014 event marks just the third CAC indoor championships. The Salisbury teams swept the event in its inaugural year in 2012 and the men were able to defend their title in 2013.
At last year's championships
Last season the men claimed a 99-point win, defending their title, scoring 90 points in the event held at George Mason University. Salisbury scored 190 points, led by CAC Athlete of the Year Jacob Adedeji and Rookie of the Year Luke Campbell. The women came up just short in their title defense, scoring 133.5 points to place second to the University of Mary Washington (155).
It's not home-field advantage, but the Sea Gulls have spent plenty of time at CNU's Freeman Center this season to be comfortable in their surroundings on Saturday. This will mark the fourth event Salisbury has competed in at CNU this season, beginning with the season-opening CNU Holiday Open on Dec. 7 and continuing at the Captains' Invitational on Jan. 24-25 and the Vince Brown Invitational on Feb. 8.
Leading the way for the men
The men look to NCAA veterans junior Tyler Austin and sophomores Xavier Stinson and Campbell to lead the team. Campbell, a three-time All-American as a freshman, is the Capital Athletic Conference record holder in the 60-meter hurdles and also holds the second-fastest time in the nation this season (8.07 seconds). Austin, who competed in the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the 2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, is 17th fastest in the nation, and fastest in the CAC, this season in the 60-meter dash (6.95 seconds) and ranks third in the CAC in the 200-meter dash (22.44 seconds) … Stinson, ranked second in the CAC in the high jump, holds the school record and is 26th in the nation, having cleared 6' 7".
Leading the way for the women
The women will be led into this year's championship by a strong contingent of young, up-and-coming talent. The Sea Gulls have seen two freshmen break school records, one in the first meet of her career. Sarah Taylor, a two-time CAC Athlete of the Week, has set a new school record in the pole vault in each of the three collegiate meets she's competed in and leads a contingent of jumpers who hold seven of the top 10 pole vault performances in the CAC this season. Freshman Meghan McGowan holds the school mark in the high jump, with the CAC's top effort of 5' 6", which also ranks 10th in the nation. Senior Sadie Mangold will be at the forefront of a solid group of throwers; she ranks second in the CAC with a top weight throw effort of 43' 3.75". The Sea Gulls should also see success in the relays, with the top CAC performance this season in the distance medley relay and ranking third in the conference in the 4x400-meter relay.
The indoor season will continue with two more regular season meets before the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships on March 14-15 in Lincoln, Neb. The Sea Gulls will compete at next week's George Mason Winter Games before select athletes will be at the Last Chance Qualifying Meet in New York, N.Y., on March 8.