YORK, Pa. – The Capital Athletic Conference released its outdoor track & field awards, and the Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams picked up 32 all-conference members, along with the Men's Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year.
Sophomore Luke Campbell has continued his run of awards in his career, as he was named the Men's Athlete of the Year. The Brunswick, Md., native earned the honor from the league coaches after winning three CAC titles at the outdoor championships at Christopher Newport University. Campbell won the 110- and 400-meter hurdles as well as part of the 4x400-meter relay championship, along with juniors Devon Hopkins, Thomas Burke and Tyler Austin.
He claimed the second Athlete of the Year Award this year, having earned the indoor title as well; Campbell was also the Rookie of the Year in both the indoor and outdoor championships as a freshman.
Head Coach Jim Jones earned his eighth outdoor men's Coach of the Year award, and the third consecutive. Combined with men's and women's awards through both the indoor and outdoor seasons, Jones has now collected 15 CAC Track & Field Coach of the Year awards, to go with 13 in cross country.
Campbell and Jones were just a part of the big awards haul on the men's side, following their strong performance in their third-straight CAC championship. All-conference honors are earned through performance, with individual champions being named to the first team and those placing second on the second team.
The men had 10 first-team performances. Along with Campbell's individual efforts and the 4x400-meter relay, junior Dylan Burkett earned a pair of first-team nods, in the shot put and javelin. The Sea Gulls also saw juniors Austin (100-meter dash) and Eric Wood (3,000-meter steeplechase) win individual wins.
Salisbury finished with 11 second-team performances, led by Hopkins' finishes in the 110-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles and the triple jump. Austin took home the honor in the 200-meter dash while Burke did so in the 800-meter run. Sophomore George Martinez picked up his first All-CAC honor in the 1,500-meter run while Burkett rounded out a big day with his finish in the hammer. His effort was matched by classmates Ryan DiPascale (shot put) and Jeffrey Jordan (discus) as the Gulls had a strong showing in the throwing events.
The men's program has collected 243 All-CAC selections all time, with 157 of those being first-team nods.
On the women's side, in their third-place finish, a pair of Gulls earned first-team honors as sophomore Shannon Gilligan picked up the win in javelin throw and freshman Meghan McGowan did the same in the high jump.
Salisbury collected nine second-team honors, led by senior Kara Tolson, who did so in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, as well as the 4x400-meter relay with teammates senior Alex Greissinger, junior Ameera Teal and sophomore Lauren Snyder.
With the 11 selections this season, the women's program now has 245 total All-CAC honorees, 104 of which have been first-team selections.