Track & field enters CAC indoor championships with high expectations

Track & field enters CAC indoor championships with high expectations

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's indoor track & field teams will travel to Newport News, Virginia this Saturday to compete in the 2017 Capital Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Christopher Newport University beginning at 9 a.m.

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How we got here

The Sea Gulls have competed in three separate indoor track & field meets this season in preparation for the upcoming championships. Two of those meets have been held at Christopher Newport University, in December and as recently as February 4. Salisbury also traveled to George Mason University in late January to compete at the two-day Patriot Games.

Last time out

Both teams are coming off an impressive showing at the Vince Brown Invitational hosted by Christopher Newport University on February 4. Meghan McGowan capture a first-place finish in the women's high jump to get things started for the maroon and gold in the field events. In the track events junior Alison Schwartz captured a top finish in the 5,000-meter run earning a fourth-place finish.

Matthew Adedeji made history in the men's triple jump earning both a victory and breaking the school record. Adedeji jumped a distance of 46' 7.25" to not only claim the win but also break the record by 1.25 inches. The jump also ranks second in the CAC and currently ranks him 15th overall in NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field. In the track events Zach Schmelz captured two top-five finishes placing fourth in both the 400-meter dash, crossing the finish line in a time of 51.28 seconds, while also placing fourth in the 200-meter dash, finishing the race in a time of 22.73 seconds.

Salisbury at the championships

The Sea Gulls will look to regain their place upon the top of the CAC. Between the two teams they have combined for five CAC indoor track & field championships. The men's team won four consecutive CAC titles between 2012 and 2015 while the women's team captured its championship back in 2012.

Last year at the CAC championships

Both teams feel just a few places short of claiming the championship last season as the men's team finished second and the women's team placed third. On the women's side McGowan captured an individual championship in the high jump. Her jump of 5' 4.5" earned her the win and second straight CAC title. In the track events Jamie Farley set two personal records while also setting a school record in the 400-meter dash. She earned a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.73 seconds. Farley also went on to place fourth in the 200-meter dash crossing the finish line in a time of 26.56 seconds.

On the men's side Zach Schmelz and Eric Halton captured top-five finishes in the 400-meter dash, placing second and fifth, respectively, behind winner Luke Campbell. Schmelz crossed the finish line 49.78 seconds while Halton ran a personal best time of 50.46 seconds. Adedeji shined for the Sea Gulls in the field events capturing a second-place finish in the triple jump posting a jump of 44' 0.75".

Leading the pack

The men's team will be led in the field events by Adedeji. He has turned in a solid indoor season earning CAC Athlete of the Week recognition and breaking the Salisbury record in the triple jump at the Vince Brown Invitational on February 4. Andrew Volz will also look to make an impact in the field events as he will compete in the shot put. Volz earned a top-five finish at the Patriot Games placing third after recording a throw of 46' 8.75". In the track events the Sea Gulls will be anchored by Schmelz who has been impressive thus far. Schmelz captured CAC weekly honors and is one of the top CAC athletes in the 200-meter and 400-meter. Halton has also made an impact in the track events. He has earned top finishes in 400-meter this year and is currently ranked first in the 400-meters in the conference with a time of 49.92 seconds.

On the women's side the team will be led by McGowan. She captured back-to-back wins at the Patriot Games and Vince Brown Invitational in the high jump. Her jump of 5' 7.75" at the Patriot Games broke the Salisbury record and ranks her third in NCAA Division III while also earning her CAC weekly honors as Athlete of the Week. Freshman Kyleigh Dumas will look to make an impact in her first CAC indoor championship. Dumas turned in an impressive jump at the Vince Brown Invitational where she captured a third-place finish after recording a height of 10' 10". In the track events Schwartz will look to continue her success from the regular season. Schwartz earned a personal record in the 3,000-meter run at George Mason coming in at a time of 11:04.94. Farley will also look to make an impact at the CAC championships. Farley is one of the top CAC athletes in the 200-meter and 400-meter.

Up next

Salisbury will next compete at the George Mason University Winter Games on February 26. The meet is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.       

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