NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams competed on Saturday at the 2014 Capital Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships and the men were able to defend their title, claiming the crown for the third-consecutive year, while the women placed fourth.
The men won seven individual titles and scored 160 points, 64 clear of second-place Christopher Newport University. The women scored 71 points, while the host, Christopher Newport, claimed the title with 161 points, followed by the University of Mary Washington (86 points) and York College of Pennsylvania (85 points).
Sophomore Luke Campbell claimed a pair of individual CAC titles, winning the 60-meter hurdles and the 400-meter dash.
In the 60-meter hurdles, Campbell tied his school and CAC record, with a time of 8.07 seconds, with junior Devon Hopkins finishing third with a time of 8.57 seconds. In the 400-meter dash, Campbell ran a CAC indoor championship meet record 49.77 seconds.
Freshman Zack White broke two school records on the day which had stood since 1976. White saved his best effort in the long jump for his final attempt, breaking the school record with a jump of 23' 0.75" and claiming the victory. The distance was nearly six inches better than Jeff Polk's 22' 7" previous school record. White's performance also puts him in the top 20 in the nation this year.
White also stands in the top 20 nationally in the triple jump, with a top distance of 46' 6", nearly a foot further than Steve Pitt's previous school mark of 45' 8.25".
Junior Ryan DiPascale claimed the title in the shot put, with a CAC indoor meet record of 52' 8.25" and classmate Dylan Burkett allowed Salisbury to sweep the men's throws, with his win in the weight throw, covering 52' 6".
Junior Tyler Austin was just beaten out for the title in the 60-meter dash. Austin placed second after a photo finish, crossing the finish line with Wesley College's Markael Jenkins in 6.90 seconds, but the personal best by Austin was beaten by .006 of a second. Austin's time is one of the top 15 times nationally this season.
Another personal record for Austin, in the 200-meter dash, earned him a third-place finish with a time of 22.68 seconds.
Campbell, Austin, Burke and Hopkins set a CAC indoor meet record in the 4x400-meter relay, finishing in 3:23.61, winning by .02 of a second.
Sophomore Xavier Stinson tied for second in the high jump, clearing 6' 5".
Freshman Jason White cleared 12' 9.5" to place third in the high jump.
The championship is the third-straight for the Salisbury men, as they remain the only team to win a CAC men's indoor championship, as the league just added the championship in 2012.
Freshman Sarah Taylor kept her school-record breaking streak alive in the pole vault, breaking the school record for the fourth time in four collegiate meets, clearing 10' 10" to earn the CAC individual title. Her vault was six inches higher than the next closest competitor as Salisbury had five of the top nine finishers in the field.
Senior Sadie Mangold earned her first CAC individual indoor title, with a top effort of 44' 8.75" in the weight throw. The personal-best effort was more than a foot clear of second place in the event.
Freshman Meghan McGowan, the school-record holder in the high jump, cleared 5' 3" on Saturday, tying for second in the event.
Senior Kara Tolson finished second in the 60-meter dash, with a time of 8.00 seconds, just .04 off her school-record pace. Tolson also collected a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash, crossing the line in 26.23.
Tolson joined with classmate Alex Greissinger, junior Ameera Teal and sophomore Lauren Snyder to pick up a second-place finish, and set a school record, in the 4x400-meter relay. The quartet came home in 4:07.94, breaking the previous school record of 4:08.30, which was set in 2012.
The Sea Gulls will return to indoor action next Sunday, March 2, at the George Mason Winter Games.