Men's track & field claims third-straight CAC title; women place third

Men's track & field claims third-straight CAC title; women place third

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University men's track & field team picked up the program's third-straight Capital Athletic Conference championship and 15th overall by holding off the hosts from Christopher Newport University on Sunday.

The Sea Gulls finished the championship with 198 points, 26 points clear of the Captains. The Salisbury women's team placed third, with 126 points.

Men

The men's team picked up seven individual CAC championships over the weekend to claim their 10th title since 2004.

Salisbury picked up 44 points in just two key field events on Sunday with 24 points coming from the shot put, traditionally a strong event for Salisbury programs. Junior Dylan Burkett won the event, with his top heave covering 50' 4.75", followed closely by classmate Ryan DiPascale (48' 6") and freshman Andrew Volz (45' 2.25") to give the Sea Gulls the top three spots.

Salisbury scored 20 more points in the discus, with Burkett claiming the top spot, with a top effort of 148' 5", and classmate Jeffrey Jordan placed second with his 140' 11" toss.

The Sea Gulls also got top-two finishes in the 110-meter hurdles, as sophomore Luke Campbell and junior Devon Hopkins finished the finals in the same spot they qualified on Saturday. Campbell came across in 14.13 seconds for the title. Hopkins posted a personal best, with a time 14.95 seconds.

The pair also grabbed the top two positions in the 400-meter hurdles, with Campbell running a season-best 52.36 seconds to claim the title and Hopkins finishing second in 55.07.

Junior Tyler Austin defended his CAC championship in the 100-meter dash, finishing in 10.74 seconds, while placing second in the 200-meter dash, in 22.15.

Sophomore Eric Wood was the only Sea Gull in a field of 11 student-athletes in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, picking up the win with a time of 9:38.48, more than 10 seconds clear of the second-place finisher.

Salisbury's 4x400-meter relay team closed out the win, in the weekend's final event, with a victory, setting a meet record with a time of 4:17.43. The quartet of Hopkins, Burke, Austin and Campbell came up just a second shy of breaking the school record.

In the 800-meter run, four runners posted a time faster than the previous meet record, as junior Thomas Burke finished second, with a time of 1:53.68, and sophomore Ian Wood took third in 1:54.10, a personal record in the event.

Junior George Martinez finished second in the 1,500-meter run, with a time of 3:54.45. His time was faster than the previous CAC record, but he was edged at the line by Christopher Newport's Samuel Martin, who finished .36 of a second ahead of Martinez.

Sophomore Xavier Stinson placed second in the high jump, clearing 6' 4".

The Sea Gulls earned a third-place finish in the 4x100-meter relay. The team of freshman Zack White, sophomore Matthew Toth and Campbell and Austin finished the race in 42.05 seconds.

Women

The Salisbury women finished with 126 points for third place, behind only Christopher Newport (198 points) and the University of Mary Washington (128).

Freshman Meghan McGowan captured the first CAC championship of her career, clearing a career-high 5' 5" in the high jump to take the title. The height is just over an inch shy of the school record.

Junior Ashley Reilly, who qualified third in the 100-meter hurdles on Saturday, improved her standing by a spot in the finals, finishing second with a school-record time of 14.84 seconds. She became the first Sea Gull to break the 15-second barrier, breaking the previous record of 15.22 seconds by Tracy Tyler, which had stood since 1993.

Senior Kara Tolson placed second in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. She ran the 100 in 12.49 seconds, matching her fastest time this season, coming up just .04 of the second behind Wesley's Kiona Mency. In the 200-meter dash, Tolson finished in 26.15 seconds.

The 4x400-meter relay team finished in second place as senior Alex Greissinger, sophomore Lauren Snyder, junior Ameera Teal and Tolson finished in 4:04.92. The same group took third place in the 4x100-meter relay, finishing in 49.76 seconds; the time is just half a second off the school record.

Greissinger finished third in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing in 1:06.23, her fastest time this year.

This weekend completes the full-team schedule for the 2013-14 season, as select members of the teams, looking to improve upon their national seedings, will take part in two last chance meets before the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship on May 22-24 in Delaware, Ohio.

Salisbury's 2014 individual CAC champions

Men

Tyler Austin (100-meter dash)
Dylan Burkett (discus)
Dylan Burkett (shot put)
Luke Campbell (110-meter hurdles)
Luke Campbell (400-meter hurdles)
Eric Wood (3,000-meter steeplechase)
4x400-meter relay (Devon Hopkins, Thomas Burke, Tyler Austin, Luke Campbell) 

Women

Meghan McGowan (high jump)
Shannon Gilligan (javelin) 

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