SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams will travel to York College of Pennsylvania on Saturday, May 2 for the first day of the Capital Athletic Conference championships, as the teams will compete on Saturday and Sunday for the men's 16th outdoor CAC title and the women's fifth.
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The Salisbury men's team has won 15 previous CAC titles, including 10 of the last 11 and three straight since 2012. The women have won four conference championships in a string of four straight from 2010-2013. The Sea Gulls will look to bring the CAC championship back to Salisbury for both the men and women in the same season since 2013. That season, the men won the meet by almost 100 points and had 12 athletes named to the All-CAC first team by taking first in their events in the championship meet, while the women won by 100 points and had 11 first-team All-CAC selections.
Last year at the championships
Last season, the Salisbury men took their 15 CAC title, while junior Luke Campbell was named the conference's Athlete of the Year and Head Coach Jim Jones was named Coach of the Year. Campbell led the Gulls with first-place finishes in the 110- and 400-meter hurdles, while senior Dylan Burkett took first in the shot put and discus throw.
The women's team took third in the championships with 126 points, just two points behind University of Mary Washington. Shannon Gilligan and sophomore Meghan McGowan led the team with first-place finishes in the hammer throw and high jump, respectively.
Leading the men
Salisbury is led by Campbell, who is the defending NCAA Division III champion in the 110- and 400-meter hurdles. He won both events in last year's CAC championships and currently sits at No. 1 in the country in the 110 hurdles (14.07 seconds) and No. 3 in the 400 hurdles (52.17 seconds). Senior Tyler Austin also holds a top-five spot in the country, ranking fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.52 seconds.
Burkett will lead the Gulls in the field events, as he ranks No. 2 in the CAC in the shot put, discus throw, and hammer throw.
Leading the women
The Sea Gull women are paced by McGowan, who sits second in the country in the high jump with a 5' 8" leap; she has twice broken the Salisbury school record this season in the event.
The Sea Gulls have strong athletes throughout the conference field, as freshman Chanel Beaudoin ranks first in the CAC in the 100-meter dash, while ranking third in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. Sophomores Ashley Jackson and Sarah Taylor sit first in the triple jump and pole vault, respectively, while sophomore Paige DeMent ranks first in the shot put. Freshman Nicole Bayer also is at a No. 1 spot in the javelin throw.
The Sea Gulls will next move on to the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet at Swarthmore College on Monday, May 11, before hosting the Salisbury Elite Meet on Friday, May 15.