YORK, Pa. - The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams wrapped up the Capital Athletic Conference championships on Sunday at York College of Pennsylvania, as the men clinched their 16th overall and fourth-straight conference championship and the women placed second in the meet.
The Sea Gulls tallied 199.50 points in the meet to take the title, winning by more than 60 points, as the men notched eight individual championships and set three CAC championship meet records in the process.
The first meet record came on Saturday in the 100-meter dash preliminary races, as senior Tyler Austin posted the top time to advance to Sunday with 10.53 seconds, besting his own previous record by two one-hundredths of a second. Austin took first in the finals race on Sunday with a 10.77-second time.
Six of the Gulls' first-place finishes came on the track side, with junior Luke Campbell taking two of them. He began the day with a win in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.37 seconds, before taking first and setting the meet record in the 400-meter hurdles (51.82 seconds), which also ranks as the No. 3 time in the country.
Senior Thomas Burke took the individual title in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:55.20. Burke regains the top spot in the conference in the 800, previously winning the event in the 2013 championships.
Salisbury then tallied the conference championship in both relays, first in the 4x100-meter relay. Austin and Campbell teamed up with freshmen Zach Schmelz and Jerel Madison to win the race in 41.36 seconds and tie for the seventh-best time in the nation.
Then, Schmelz and Campbell teamed with senior Devon Hopkins and freshman Eric Halton to win the 4x400-meter relay in 3:14.03. The time not only set the conference championship meet record, but the quartet also set a new school record by more than two seconds; the time takes over the No. 6 spot in the country.
In the field events, the Sea Gulls took first in the shot put and the high jump.
Senior Dylan Burkett captured his third-straight shot put championship on Saturday with a 53' 5" heave for his best effort of the season.
Junior Xavier Stinson grabbed the title in the high jump with a 6' 4.75" leap, taking first in the event for the second-straight season.
While the seniors will continue to compete through the season, the team championship marks the end of an incredible stretch for those four-year student-athletes, in which the group has gone unbeaten in CAC championship events, with the four outdoor titles, as well as winning all four indoor championships that the league has contested.
The Salisbury women tallied 125.16 points to take second in the championships, improving on last season's third-place finish. The Sea Gulls set three school records and various personal bests along the way.
Two of the school records fell on day one of the meet on Saturday, with sophomore Sarah Taylor starting off the meet strong with an 11' 2.5" effort in the pole vault. She took second in the event, while breaking her own previous school record by over two inches.
Then, sophomore Ashley Jackson continued her strong spring, taking first in the triple jump with a 37' 1" leap to set a new program record. She broke the previous school record by three and one-half inches, which she set earlier in the season.
Also on Saturday, sophomore Paige DeMent and freshman Nicole Bayer took first in the shot put and javelin, respectively. DeMent's toss of 42' 5.25" was her best of the career, while Bayer used a throw of 131' 7" for her own personal record.
Junior Shannon Gilligan took second in the javelin with a 124' 4" heave.
DeMent continued a strong championship meet on the second day in the hammer throw, placing second with a 141' 9" toss.
The third school record fell on the second day of competition in the 4x100-meter relay. Junior Lauren Snyder, sophomore Kelsey Larger, and freshmen Chanel Beaudoin and Christine Randall placed second in the event with a 48.87-second time, breaking the previous program record by just under four tenths of a second.
Salisbury's final top finish in the meet came from sophomore Meghan McGowan in the high jump. She used a 5' 5.75" leap to take the event for the second-straight season, while setting the championship meet record.
The Sea Gulls are next in action in the Swarthmore College SWAT Last Chance Meet on Monday, May 11; the meet is set for 4 p.m.
2015 Individual CAC Champions
Tyler Austin (100m dash)
Thomas Burke (800m run)
Luke Campbell (110m hurdles)
Luke Campbell (400m hurdles)^
Tyler Austin, Zach Schmelz, Jerel Madison, Luke Campbell (4x100m relay)
Devon Hopkins, Eric Halton, Zach Schmelz, Luke Campbell (4x400m relay)*
Xavier Stinson (high jump)
Dylan Burkett (shot put)
Meghan McGowan (high jump)
Ashley Jackson (triple jump)*
Paige DeMent (shot put)
Nicole Bayer (javelin throw)
^CAC Championship Record