Campbell, Jones repeat as CAC Athlete, Coach of the Year; Sea Gulls land 33 on All-CAC teams

Campbell, Jones repeat as CAC Athlete, Coach of the Year; Sea Gulls land 33 on All-CAC teams

YORK, Pa. – The Capital Athletic Conference announced its outdoor All-CAC men's and women's track & field awards on Tuesday, and the Salisbury University men's and women's teams combined for 33 all-conference team selections. The Sea Gull men also garnered the CAC Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year awards.

Junior Luke Campbell continues to add to his awards' shelf, as he was named the conference Athlete of the Year for the men. It is his second-straight outdoor Athlete of the Year award, and it is his fourth-straight, including the past two indoor Athlete of the Year awards. Campbell took first in the 110- and 400-meter hurdles in the CAC championship to earn first-team All-CAC selections, giving him is second first-team and third-overall all-conference awards in the events.

Overall, the men's team collected 22 all-conference selections with 14 on the first team.

Campbell also had a hand in Salisbury's first-team selections for the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays. He teamed with senior Tyler Austin and freshmen Zach Schmelz and Jerel Madison in the 4x100 to win the event, before joining Schmelz, senior Devon Hopkins, and freshmen Eric Halton to take first in the 4x400.

The Sea Gulls notched two more first-team honors in the track events, as Austin earned the award for the 100-meter dash for his third-straight first-team selection. He paired that with a second-team nomination in the 200-meter dash, which is also his third-consecutive second-team award in the event.

Senior Thomas Burke earned his fourth-straight all-conference award and second on the first team in the 800-meter run. He also earned a second-team selection for the 1,500-meter run for his third-straight second-team honor in the event and fourth overall.

In the field events, senior Dylan Burkett notched a first-team nod in the shot put, and junior Xavier Stinson tallied a first-team selection in the high jump. It was Burkett's third-straight first-team selection in the event. Stinson took his second first-team award in the high jump, after winning the honor in 2013, to go along with a second-team choice in 2014.

Burkett also added a second-team selection in the hammer throw for his third All-CAC honor in the event.

He was joined in the throws on the second team by senior Ryan DiPascale in the shot put and javelin throw and senior Jeffrey Jordan in the discus throw. The awards were the second for DiPascale in both events, while it was Jordan's third, including a first-team selection in 2013 in the discus.

Hopkins and Schmelz both added second-team selections as well in the 400-meter hurdles and the 400-meter dash, respectively. Hopkins had been named to the All-CAC teams in the 400 hurdles in all four years with the team. Schmelz garners his first individual all-conference award in his first season with the team.

Head Coach Jim Jones was named the men's Coach of the Year for the fourth-consecutive season, after leading the team to its 16th-overall and fourth-straight CAC championship. It is the ninth time that Jones has won the award for the Salisbury men.

The Salisbury women totaled 11 All-CAC selections, including four first team.

Sophomore Meghan McGowan repeated as the high jump champion at the conference championships to earn her second-straight first-team honor.

She was joined by three first-time All-CAC selections in sophomores Paige DeMent and Ashley Jackson and freshman Nicole Bayer.

Jackson earned her award in the triple jump, while DeMent and Bayer garnered their awards in the shot put and javelin throw, respectively. DeMent added a second-team bid in the hammer throw, giving her two All-CAC selections in her first year with the program.

The Sea Gulls' 4x100-meter relay team of freshman Chanel Beaudoin, sophomores Kelsey Larger and Makiah Green, and junior Lauren Snyder teamed up to earn a second-team selection, after taking second at the CAC championships.

Junior Shannon Gilligan joined Bayer to sweep the All-CAC awards in the javelin, taking the second-team selection, giving her three all-conference awards in the event in three seasons.

Sophomore Sarah Taylor garnered his second-straight second-team all-conference award in the pole vault to round out the strong showing for the Sea Gulls.

Salisbury now looks forward to hosting the Salisbury Elite Meet at the SU Track on Friday, May 15 in its final preparations for the NCAA Division III championships; the meet is set for 3 p.m.

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

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