FROSTBURG, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams both took second in the 2016 Capital Athletic Conference outdoor track & field championships on Saturday at Frostburg State University. The men tallied 128 points in the meet, while the women garnered 143 points.
The Sea Gulls were led by eight individual championships in the CAC meet, including two from senior Luke Campbell. He bested his previous-No. 1 time to keep the top spot in the country in the 110-meter hurdles to win the race in 13.94 seconds. Campbell then won the 400-meter hurdles in 52.04 seconds.
Salisbury had two of the top-five spots in each of the hurdle races, as Alieu Cole took fourth in both. In the 110 hurdles, he set a personal record with a time of 15.39 seconds, while running the 400 hurdles in 59.12 seconds.
Sophomores Zach Schmelz and Eric Halton notched the top-two spots in the 400-meter dash, with Schmelz taking the individual title in 48.73 seconds. Halton set a personal best in the race, coming in second in 48.92 seconds.
Schmelz also placed fourth in the 200-meter dash in 21.77 seconds to set a personal record and tie for 25th in the country.
The Sea Gulls also took first in both of the relays. In the 4x100-meter relay, Campbell, Schmelz, junior Jerel Madison, and sophomore Jack McCloskey ran in 42.98 seconds. Then, Campbell, Schmelz, Madison, and Halton won the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:15.97, which was also good for fourth in the country.
In the field events, sophomore Matthew Adedeji and freshman Michael Milleman both took individual championships. Adedeji won the triple jump with a personal-best 45' 9.75" leap. Milleman led the SU throwers, winning the javelin throw with a best toss of 168' 7".
Junior Graham Hensley added a top-four finish for the Gulls, taking fourth in the shot put with a top heave of 44' 1.5".
The Salisbury women were led by junior Meghan McGowan and sophomore Chanel Beaudoin, who both notched individual championships in the meet. McGowan won the high jump with a top leap of 5' 5", which is tied for 22nd in the country.
Beaudoin placed first in the 400-meter dash, while setting the 15th-best time in the country of 56.91 seconds. The mark was also a personal record. She added a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash, also setting a personal best and grabbing the No. 18 spot in the country with a time of 25.07 seconds.
Freshman Jamie Farley joined Beaudoin in the 400, finishing third and setting a personal-best time of 58.17 seconds.
In the 400-meter hurdles, junior Stephanie Bidle took second in 1:08.67, while the Gulls got a pair of third-place finishes from junior Delaney Tregoning and sophomore Jessica Lane. Tregoning placed third in the 800-meter run in 2:22.32, while Lane finished the 5,000-meter run in 18:53.22.
The Gulls also fared well in the relays, taking second in both. In the 4x100-meter relay, Beaudoin and Farley teamed with junior Kelsey Larger and freshman Rachel Bakewell for a time of 49.35 seconds. Then, Farley, Bidle, Larger, and Beaudoin ran the 4x400-meter relay in 4:00.60.
Also in the high jump, sophomore Jacqueline Seymour placed second behind McGowan with a leap of 5' 0.25".
Sophomore Amanda Ellen and junior Kathy Kammerer grabbed two of the top-three spots in the pole vault. Ellen took second with a 9' 8" leap for a personal record, while Kammerer came in third, also with a 9' 8" vault.
Junior Ashley Jackson tallied two third-place finishes in the long jump (16' 7.25") and the triple jump (36' 5.5").
In the throws, senior Kate Forte set a personal record to finish second in the hammer throw with a toss of 145' 10".
Senior Shannon Gilligan then took second in the javelin throw (123' 9").
The Sea Gulls are next in action at the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania. The three-day meet begins on Thursday, April 28, with the start time to be announced.