Salisbury men place second, women third at indoor CAC championships

Salisbury men place second, women third at indoor CAC championships

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams traveled to Christopher Newport University on Sunday for the 2016 Capital Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships, with the men placing second with 118 points and the women placing third with 76 points.

WOMEN

The Sea Gull women were paced by two individual championships by junior Meghan McGowan and sophomore Christine Randall, while one school record was set and four personal records were bested.

McGowan took first in the high jump with a top leap of 5' 4.5" for her second-straight CAC title in the event.

Randall placed first in the triple jump with a 35' 8.75" effort, also marking her second-consecutive title. The Gulls took the top-two spots in the triple jump, as junior Ashley Jackson finished second with a jump of 35' 3.25". The pair also finished in the top five of the long jump with Randall placing fourth, while setting a personal record, (16' 9.75") and Jackson placing fifth (16' 6").

As they have all season, the jumps were a strong point for the Sea Gulls in the meet, as the team had four athletes in the top five of the pole vault, as well. Junior Kathy Kammerer placed second to lead the way with a 9' 8" vault, tying a personal record. Junior Sarah Taylor placed third with a 9' 8" effort, and sophomore Amanda Ellen and junior Tess Johnson tied for fifth with 9' 4.25" vaults.

In the track events, freshman Jamie Farley set two personal records, while setting a school record in the 400-meter dash. She placed third in 59.73 seconds, breaking Whitney Handy's record set in 2012. Farley also placed fourth in the 200-meter dash in 26.56 seconds.

Sophomore Chanel Beaudoin finished just behind Farley in the 400 in fourth in 1:00.17, also setting a personal best.

Also coming in the top five was junior Delaney Tregoning in the 800-meter run; she finished fifth with a time of 2:25.77.

The Sea Gulls also fared well in the relays, taking third in the 4x400-meter relay. Farley and Randall teamed with juniors Stephanie Bidle and Kelsey Larger to finish in a time of 4:13.19.

In the distance-medley relay, Tregoning teamed with freshmen Jill Ciritella and Carly Sniffen and sophomore Taylor Nantz to take fifth in 14:30.83.

MEN

The Salisbury men were led by four individual championships, while breaking two CAC meet records and six personal records.

Senior Luke Campbell paced the team with two first-place finishes, including his third-straight in the 60-meter hurdles. Campbell ran a final time of 7.98 seconds to tie the No. 1 time in the nation with the win. He also finished first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.40 seconds, leading a group of three Sea Gulls that all finished in the top five of the race.

Sophomores Zach Schmelz and Eric Halton joined Campbell by placing second and fifth, respectively, with Schmelz running in 49.78 seconds and Halton running in a personal-best 50.46 seconds.

Campbell rounded out his day by taking third in the 200-meter dash by tying a personal record and taking over the No. 20 spot in the country in a time of 22.35 seconds.

Campbell, Halton, and Schmelz joined junior Jerel Madison in the 4x400-meter relay for one of Salisbury's other first-place finishes, running the race in 3:21.45, breaking the meet record which Salisbury set last year.

The fourth individual title came from sophomore Ben Meister, who set the CAC meet record and a personal best in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:47.70. Senior George Martinez finished fifth in the race in 8:52.57.

Meister also took fourth in the mile run with a time of 4:27.94.

Freshman Matt Boulden placed third in the 800-meter run (1:56.89), and Alieu Cole placed fifth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.85 seconds) to round out the Gulls' individual efforts in the track events.

In the distance-medley relay, Cole, Boulden, junior Tom McIntyre, and freshman Emmanuel Porquin placed second with a 10:47.34 time.

Sophomore Matthew Adedeji had a strong day in the jumps to lead the field events. His top finish came in the triple jump with a second-place effort of 44' 0.75". He also placed third in the long jump with a personal-record 21' 6" leap and fourth in the high jump with a 6' 2.75" height.

Also in the jumps, classmate Ryan Pappas took fourth in the pole vault (13' 1.5").

Sophomore Duncan Ferrin and junior Andrew Volz both set personal records in the weight throw. Ferrin finished second with a top heave of 53' 4.25", and Volz finished fourth with a top throw of 49' 4.5".

In the shot put, junior Graham Hensley took fourth with a 45' 9.25" toss.

The Sea Gulls next travel to George Mason University for the second time this season, as they look to the George Mason Winter Games; the meet is set for 9 a.m.

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