Salisbury set to compete at CAC championships

Salisbury set to compete at CAC championships

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's indoor track & field teams will travel to the Fredericksburg, Va., Friday morning to compete in the 2017 Capital Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by the University of Mary Washington beginning at 9 a.m.

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How we got here

The Sea Gulls have competed in five separate meets this season including three hosted by Division I universities in the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, William & Mary University, and University of Delaware.

Last time out

Both the men's and women's teams are coming off impressive showings at the Captain's Classic hosted by Christopher Newport University April 14-15. On the women's side both Victoria Isidron and Kyleigh Dumas picked up top-three finishes placing third in the javelin and pole vault respectively. Isidron recorded a throw of 71' 11" to beat out the fourth-place finisher by over 23 feet while Dumas cleared the bar at a height of 10' 6".

On the men's side Zach Schmelz earned Salisbury's only victory of the afternoon placing first in the 400-meter dash. Schmelz crossed the finish line in a time of 48.46 seconds to earn the win. Andrew Robey captured a third-place finish in the 5,000-meter run coming home in a time of 16:21.32.

Salisbury at the Championship

The maroon and gold will look to regain their place atop the CAC this weekend as both programs have combined for 20 CAC Outdoor Championships. The men's team has won 11 since the turn of the 21st century including four straight from 2012 to 2015, while the women won four straight from 2010 to 2013.

Last year at the CAC championships

Both teams turned in solid performances at last year's championships but each came up one place short of capturing the title, finishing second. The men had eight individual championships during the meet including one from Schmelz in the 400-meter dash and another from Michael Millemann, who earned a first-place finish in the javelin throw.

On the women's side Meghan McGowan led the team with an individual championship in the high jump. Her jump that cleared the bar at a height of 5' 5" not only gave her the win but also moved her into a tie for 22nd in the country. Then freshman, Jamie Farley earned a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash coming in a time of 58.17 seconds in her first CAC championship.

Leading the pack

On the men's side the team is led by Eric Halton and Schmelz in the track events. Both have turned in solid outdoor seasons with Halton currently ranked sixth in the country in the 400-meter dash with his time of 48.21 seconds, which he posted at the Colonial Relays back on April 1. Schmelz has also turned in an impressive outdoor season as he also finds himself among the best in the nation in the 400-meter currently sitting at 13th after posting a time of 48.46 second at the Captain's Classic just last weekend. In the field events the team will look to the leadership of seniors Andrew Volz and Graham Hensley. Volz earned a third-place finish in the hammer throw recording a toss of 157' 4". He would also post a fifth-place finish in the shot put after recording a throw of 45' 10.5". Hensley placed fifth in the hammer throw with a toss of 138' 11" and then finished sixth in the shot put after a throw of 45' 1.5".

On the women's side the team will be led by McGowan, who is currently ranked third in the country in the high jump. McGowan's jump of 5' 7", two inches higher than her one from last year at the CAC's, that she posted at the Colonial Relays leaves her one inch back of first in the nation. The team will also look to Jacqueline Seymour, who has also turned in a solid spring, to lead the team. Seymour earned a third-place finish in the high jump at the 49er Classic after clearing the bar at a height of 5' 1". In the track events the team will look to Alison Schwartz who shattered the school record in the 10,000-meter run while competing at the 49er Classic. Her time of 38:29.99 broke the record by nearly a full 15 seconds.

Up next

Salisbury will compete at the historic Penn Relays April 27-29 and will also travel to the Lion's Invite hosted by The College of New Jersey April 29.      

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