Sea Gull men win fourth-straight CAC indoor championship, women take second

Sea Gull men win fourth-straight CAC indoor championship, women take second

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams competed in the Capital Athletic Conference indoor championships on Saturday, as the men's team won its fourth-consecutive CAC title with 147.33 points, and the women placed second with 96 points.

The SU men have won every conference indoor championship since the league began indoor competition for the 2011-'12 athletic season.


The Sea Gull women had a strong showing at the meet, as four school records fell and multiple personal records were set, and the team brought home four individual championships.

Sophomore Paige DeMent notched two of the individual titles, taking first in the shot put (41' 5") and the weight throw (49' 3"). Her toss in the weight throw set a new personal best.

Sophomore Meghan McGowan and freshman Christine Randall tallied the other two first-place finishes in the high jump and the triple jump, respectively. McGowan won her event with a 5' 5" effort, while Randall set a new personal record with a 36' 4" leap to take her event.

Randall was joined by sophomore Ashley Jackson, who placed second in the triple jump with a 36' effort. Jackson also broke her own school record in the long jump by an inch and a half with a 16' 10" leap, placing fifth in the event.

Another school record was tallied by sophomore Sarah Taylor in the pole vault; she took second in the event with an 11' 1.75" effort, besting her own previous record of 10' 11.75".

The third program record was broken by freshman Chanel Beaudoin in the 60-meter dash, with a time of 7.93 seconds to take second in the event. She took the record by .03 seconds. Beaudoin also took third in the 200-meter dash (26.45 seconds) setting a personal best with the race.

Freshman Jessica Lane also had a strong day for the Gulls, placing in the top five of the one-mile run and the 3,000-meter run. She garnered fourth in the mile with a personal-record 5:24.42 and fifth in the 3,000-meter with a time of 11:06.36.

Freshman Kaitlin Isabell tallied a top-five finish, as well, taking fourth in the high jump, leaping a person-best 5' 0.5".

The Salisbury relay teams had a good day, as well, as Beaudoin and Randall teamed up with junior Lauren Snyder and freshman Erica Monterio in the 4x400-meter relay to take third and set the final school record of the day with a time of 4:07.91.

The distance medley team of junior Laura Hartman, sophomores Stephanie Bidle and Delaney Tregoning, and freshman Taylor Nantz tallied fourth for SU's 14th top-five finish with a time of 14:02.44.


The men's team saw a multitude of records fall, as well, setting two CAC indoor records, four conference indoor championship meet records, and six personal records, while the Gulls tallied seven individual championships and a relay title.

Junior Luke Campbell continued to make his mark for the Gulls and on the CAC. After setting the meet record in the preliminary round of the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.02 seconds, Campbell reset the record by placing first in the hurdles with a time of 7.93 seconds for one-of-three individual titles for him on the day.

He later set personal bests in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. Campbell placed first in both events, notching a time of 22.35 seconds in the 200 and 49.26 seconds in the 400. He also set his second meet record on the day in the 200, while besting that with a conference indoor record in the 400.

Freshman Zach Schmelz joined Campbell in the 400, placing third with a personal-best time of 50.31 seconds.

The throws were another strong area for the men, as seniors Ryan DiPascale and Dylan Burkett took first in the shot put and weight throw, respectively. DiPascale used a 52' 8" toss to win his event, while Burkett tallied a personal-best 53' 9" toss in the weight throw.

Salisbury had two athletes in the top three of those events, as senior Jeffrey Jordan garnered third in the weight throw (49' 6.25"), and freshman Caleb Vrzak placed third in the shot put, with a personal-best 45' 7.25" toss.

The field events also saw freshman Matthew Adedeji place third in the high jump, as he notched a person-best 6' 4.75" leap.

The Sea Gulls notched two more top finishes on the track side, as well, starting with senior Tyler Austin grabbing the top spot in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.93 seconds.

Senior Thomas Burke notched the other, taking first in the one-mile run and setting a meet record of 4:17.54. He also took second in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.61.

Campbell and Schmelz joined freshmen Eric Halton and Jerel Madison to place first in the 4x400-meter relay in a time of 3:22.94 for SU's eighth event championship.

The Gulls also took second in the distance medley, with Burke, seniors Devon Hopkins and Brandon Horning, and sophomore Thomas McIntyre racing in a time of 10:46.78. 

The Sea Gulls will next be in action in the George Mason University Winter Games on Sunday, March 1; the meet is set to begin at 9 a.m.

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