SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams will head to Frostburg State University for the 2016 Capital Athletic Conference outdoor track & field championships, which are set to begin on Friday, April 22 at 3 p.m. The meet will continue on Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m.
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The Sea Gull men are looking for their fifth-straight and 17th overall CAC title in this year's competition. Salisbury has won 11 of the last 12 conference titles on the men's side, including a string of seven-consecutive from 2004-2010.
The women's team is competing for its fifth CAC championship, with the Gulls' previous four coming in consecutive seasons from 2010-2013. In 2013, the women scored 257 points to win the conference by 100 points, led by Chelsea Tavik. She tallied four individual championships in the meet, including setting a school record in the javelin throw (138' 0") and a CAC championship record in the shot put (45' 1.5").
Last year at the championships
The Sea Gull men tallied 199.50 points in last season's championship to win by more than 60 points and take their fourth-straight title. The team combined to set three conference championship records in the meet. Tyler Austin set the mark for the 100-meter dash in the preliminary races in 10.53 seconds, and Luke Campbell broke the record in the 400-meter hurdles in 51.82 seconds. The Gulls' 4x400-meter relay team also set the league record with a 3:14.03 race.
The women's team placed second in the meet with 125.16 points, while setting three school records and one CAC championship record. Meghan McGowan set the CAC record in the high jump (5' 5.75"). The three program marks came from Sarah Taylor in the pole vault (11' 2.5"), Ashley Jackson in the triple jump (37' 1"), and the Sea Gulls 4x100-meter relay team (48.87 seconds).
Leading the men
The Gulls are led by Campbell, who currently sits at No. 1 in the country in the 110-meter hurdles (14.04 seconds) and the 400-meter hurdles (51.24). He also anchors the 4x400-meter relay with junior Jerel Madison and sophomore Zach Schmelz and Eric Halton, which ranks sixth in the country with a time of 3:16.75. Schmelz and Halton are also the conference's leaders in the 400-meter dash, sitting at No. 1 (48.76 seconds) and No. 2 (49.09 seconds), respectively.
Freshman Michael Milleman leads the Gulls on the field side heading into the championships, as he ranks first in the CAC in the javelin throw with a throw of 175' 6".
Leading the women
McGowan and Taylor lead the women into the championship meet, ranking first in the CAC in the high jump and pole vault, respectively. McGowan's top height sits at 5' 4.5", while Taylor has a season-best of 10' 5.25".
Following the CAC title meet, the Sea Gulls will head to the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania, beginning on Thursday, April 28. The three-day meet will continue on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. The start time is to be announced.