Campbell earns CAC Athlete of the Year, Jones men's and women's Coach of the Year

Campbell earns CAC Athlete of the Year, Jones men's and women's Coach of the Year

YORK, Pa. – The Capital Athletic Conference released its indoor track & field All-CAC teams on Wednesday, and the Salisbury University men's and women's teams had 17 total athletes named to the first or second teams, while Head Coach Jim Jones won men's Coach of the Year and women's Co-Coach of the Year and junior Luke Campbell won his second conference indoor Athlete of the Year award.

Selection to the All-CAC teams is based on performance in the conference championship meet. First-place finishes earn first-team selections, while second-place finishes garner second-team selections.

After winning 2013 Rookie of the Year and 2014 Co-Athlete of the Year, Campbell claimed the Athlete of the Year award outright, after earning three first-team All-CAC selections. He won two of the three sprints, taking the 200- and 400-meter dashes, setting a conference indoor record in the 400 (49.26 seconds). He earned his third first-team honor in the 60-meter hurdles, setting an indoor championship meet record in the event (7.93 seconds). These were his second selections to the first team in the 400 and hurdles, earning the honors in 2014, as well, along with a second-team selection in 2013 in the hurdles.

Campbell was joined on the first team by seniors Tyler Austin, Thomas Burke, Ryan DiPascale, and Dylan Burkett.

Austin took the other sprint event, earning first team in the 60-meter dash; it is his second All-CAC selection, after garnering second team in 2014.

Burke gathered his first all-conference first-team nod in the one-mile run, while adding a second selection in the 800-meter run, being named to the second team. Burke was previously named to the first team in the 800 in 2013 and 2014.

The Gulls' final two individual first-team selections were in the field events, as DiPascale earned the honor in the shot put, and Burkett notched the award in the weight throw. Both athletes added their third first-team selection in their respective event, after also garnering the nod in 2013 and 2014; it was Burkett's fourth All-CAC selection in the weight throw, as he also was named to the second team in 2012.

Salisbury added a relay first-team selection in the 4x400-meter, as Campbell teamed with freshmen Zach Schmelz, Eric Halton, and Jerel Madison to earn the award.

The Sea Gull men's distance-medley relay team also garnered all-conference honors, as Burke, seniors Devon Hopkins and Brandon Horning, and sophomore Thomas McIntyre, led SU to a second-team nod.

The women's team was led by two first-team selections by sophomore Paige DeMent in the shot put and weight throw. She won both events in the CAC championships in her first season with the Gulls.

Sophomore Meghan McGowan and freshman Christine Randall notched Salisbury's other first-team nods. McGowan took the honor in the high jump, after earning a second-team spot in 2014, and Randall earned the award in the triple jump in her first year as a Sea Gull.

The Salisbury women also grabbed three second-team honors, as freshman Chanel Beaudoin and sophomores Sarah Taylor and Ashley Jackson all earned the selections after breaking school records.

Beaudoin did so in the 60-meter dash (7.93 seconds) for her first All-CAC selection.

Jackson also earned her first all-conference award in the triple jump (36' 0").

Taylor grabbed her second All-CAC nod in the pole vault, after earning first team in 2014; this year's second-team nod came after a 11' 1.75" school-record height.

Jones added both Coach of the Year awards after guiding the men's team to its fourth-straight indoor CAC title and the women to a second-place finish in the meet. The men have won every CAC indoor championship since the league began indoor competition. The women's team edged out University of Mary Washington by one point for its finish at the championships.

Next up for on the indoor schedule is the Eastern College Athletic Conference championships, which begin on Friday, March 6. The outdoor season is also scheduled to begin this weekend, with the Gulls hosting the Lloyd Sigler Spring Meet on Saturday, March 7, beginning at 11 a.m.

To view the full CAC releases, click here for the men and here for the women.

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