NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University track & field teams started the two-day Capital Athletic Conference championships in impressive fashion with one individual conference title and a conference record.
The women will head into tomorrow's round of action at Christopher Newport University with the lead, scoring 48 points on Saturday, while the men sit in second, with 32 points.
The women scored 48 points on the strength of sophomore Shannon Gilligan's title in the javelin, two strong finishers in the hammer and three scorers in the pole vault.
Gilligan's top effort in the javelin came on her final throw of the day, covering 119' 9", her best distance this season. Salisbury scored 19 of its points in the event, with sophomore Kate Forte grabbing six points in third place, with a personal best of 108' 4", and sophomore Kylie Vogelsang finishing fifth and senior Sadie Mangold taking sixth.
Mangold placed second in the hammer throw, with a season-best distance of 134' 8", while Forte placed third, with her top effort covering 124' 8".
Freshman Sarah Taylor cleared 10' 8" in the pole vault to earn eight points with her second-place finish.
The Sea Gulls hold a six-point lead on Christopher Newport heading into action on Sunday.
In preliminary action, the Sea Gulls will carry three top-three times into finals tomorrow. Senior Kara Tolson qualified second in the 100-meter dash, with a time of 12.74 seconds, and third in the 200-meter dash (25.98 seconds).
Junior Ashley Reilly qualified third in the 100-meter hurdles, with a time of 15.33 seconds, her fastest time this season by more than half a second.
The men broke a school record, during the preliminary events and put up their 32 points in four scoring events, to stand 26 points behind Christopher Newport and three points clear of York College of Pennsylvania.
Sophomore Luke Campbell broke the school and CAC record in the preliminary heat of the 110-meter hurdles, with a time of 14.06 seconds, the fastest time in the nation this season. Junior Devon Hopkins qualified second with a time of 15.23 seconds.
Salisbury took second and third place, for 14 of their points, in the triple jump with Hopkins covering a career-best 43' 3.25" for second and Zack White going for 43' 1.5" for third place.
Freshman Jason White grabbed eight points with his second-place finish in the pole vault, clearing a career-best 13' 11.75".
Junior Dylan Burkett also came up with the top distance of his career, in the hammer throw, covering 162' 0" for second place.
Junior Tyler Austin qualified third fastest in the 100-meter dash, with a time of 10.83 seconds.
The second day of the championships will begin with field events at 10:30 a.m., on Sunday morning.