YORK, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams began competition in the Capital Athletic Conference championships on Saturday at York College of Pennsylvania.
The Sea Gulls got off to a strong start for the two-day meet, taking first in multiple field events.
Senior Dylan Burkett captured his third-straight shot put championship with a 53' 5" heave for his best effort of the season. Senior Ryan DiPascale joined Burkett in the shot put, taking second with a 53' 1.5" toss, while also taking second in the javelin throw (174' 7").
Salisbury took three CAC titles in the women's field events, as sophomore Ashley Jackson used a 37' 1" leap in the triple jump for her first individual championship in outdoor competition. She set a new school record with the jump.
In the throws, 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 season, while Bayer used a throw of 131' 7" for her best of the year.
Junior Shannon Gilligan took second in the javelin with a 124' 4" heave.
The Salisbury men saw a CAC championship record fall on the track side, as senior Tyler Austin took first in the 100-meter dash preliminary races with a 10.53-second time. The time was two one-hundredths of a second faster than his own CAC meet record set in 2013. Austin also took third in the 200-meter dash prelims (21.97 seconds) to qualify for the finals race on Sunday.
Junior Luke Campbell also took first in his preliminary race, using a 14.42-second time in the 110-meter hurdles to qualify for the finals. He will be joined by senior Devon Hopkins on Sunday, who took third in the prelims with a 14.67-second time.
At the end of day one, the Salisbury men totaled 38 points to give them a 10-point cushion in first place. The Sea Gull women also sit in first after the first day of action with 63.33 points for more than a 31-point edge.
Day two of the championships will continue at 10 a.m., on Sunday, May 3 with the women's high jump starting things off.