Sea Gulls head to CAC championships on Saturday

Sea Gulls head to CAC championships on Saturday

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams will travel to Newport News, Virginia and Christopher Newport University on Saturday, February 21 to compete in the Capital Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships, with the meet set to begin at 9 a.m.

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How we got here

The championship meet will bring Salisbury full circle, as the Sea Gulls began the 2014-15 indoor season on December 6 at Christopher Newport in the CNU Holiday Open. Salisbury has competed in five indoor meets so far this season, with strong performances in each of them. In the Usinus College Collegeville Classic on January 23, the SU men took first overall with 138 points, while the women grabbed fourth overall with 47 points.

CAC Championship history

Since the CAC began indoor competition in the 2011-'12 athletic season, the Salisbury men's team has won all three conference titles. The Sea Gulls have also garnered two CAC Coach of the Year awards, Athlete of the Year awards, and Rookie of the Year awards, as they have had great success in the indoor championship meets. The SU women grabbed the first conference indoor championship in 2012, as well, with one Coach of the Year award and two Athlete of the Year awards.

Last year's championship meet

In the 2013-'14 championships, the men's team notched its third-straight CAC title with 160 points, while the women's team finished fourth with 71 points. Luke Campbell paced the Salisbury men with two individual championships in the 60-meter hurdles and the 400-meter dash, as the team combined for seven individual titles in the meet. The women were led by Sadie Mangold, who earned first-team All-CAC in the weight throw, and Sarah Taylor, who garnered first team in the pole vault.

Leading the flock

Campbell, already a four-time national champion, has picked back up as one of the top Sea Gull athletes, having won five-of-seven events that he has competed in this season. He has placed first in the 60-meter hurdles in three meets, with a top time of 8.05 seconds at the Vince Brown Invitational on February 8. Campbell also recorded a person-best time of 49.41 seconds in the 400-meter dash at the event for first.

Records were made…

The Sea Gull women have seen three school records fall this season, with sophomore Ashley Jackson and Taylor combining in the Christopher Newport University Holiday Open on December 6 to set the program bests. Jackson tallied distances of 16' 8.5" and 37' 1.25" in the long jump and triple jump, respectively. Taylor capped the big day with a 10' 11.75" effort in the pole vault.

The competition

Salisbury will see strong competition from throughout the conference. On the men's side, Christopher Newport's Zachary Campbell, who won CAC Track Athlete of the Week once, ranks second in the CAC in the 800-meter and one-mile run, behind Thomas Burke. With Burke leading both events, Zachary Campbell trails by just over four seconds in the 800 and just under two seconds in the mile.

Frostburg's J.R. Lowery will give SU good competition in the throws, as he sits third in the shot put and second in the weight throw and won the conference field athlete of the week once, as well. He ranks just behind Dylan Burkett in both events.

The women will be pushed by Wesley College's Eliza Streeter and University of Mary Washington's Claire Harrington, who both have won CAC Athlete of the Week awards twice. Streeter currently leads the league in the 60-, 200-, and 400-meter dashes, while Harrington paces the conference in the pole vault; Harrington leads SU's Taylor by less than an inch in the CAC rankings.

What's next?

After the conference championships, the Sea Gulls will move on to the George Mason University Winter Games on Sunday, March 1, giving the team a two-week break; the meet is set to begin at 9 a.m.

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