SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's indoor track & field teams will travel to Newport News, Virginia to compete in the 2018 Capital Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Christopher Newport University on February 2-3 begining at 9 a.m.
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How we got here
The Sea Gulls have competed in three different meets this winter season, including a season-opening trip to this very site when they took part in the CNU Holiday Open. Salisbury also traveled to George Mason University to compete in the 2018 Patriot Games, as well as the Eastern Shore Invitational at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Last Time Out
Salisbury last competed at the Eastern Shore Invitational, at which both the men's and women's teams' claimed victories. Throughout the two-day meet, the Sea Gulls broke six total records, including four on the first day of competition.
On the women's side, Kyleigh Dumas broke the school record in the pole vault with a height of 11' 3.75" while also earning a first-place finish. Also on the women's side, the 4x200-meter relay team of Ashley Luton, Kaitlin Isabell, Taylor Bailey, and Jamie Farley went on to break the school record, capturing a second-place finish but posting a time of 1:49.31. Farley and Bailey went on to break records in the 400-meter run and 60-meter hurdles. Farley placed first in the 400-meter run, posting a time of 58.38, while Bailey completed the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 9.45 seconds.
On the men's side freshman Donovan Beckett-Simms broke the record in the triple jump, posting a distance of 47' 1" to earn a first-place finish. The final record to fall was in the men's 4x200-meter relay. The team of Jack McCloskey, Mickey Van Gieson, Ethan Binnix, and Alex Hardman posted a time of 1:32.79 to earn a second-place finish.
Salisbury at the championships
The Sea Gulls will look to claim the top spot in the CAC this weekend. 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 finished just short of achieving their goals last year, as the men earned a second-place finish, while the women came in fourth. Then senior Meghan McGowan cleared the bar at a height of 5' 8.50" to capture a first-place finish in the high jump. She broke her own school record while also breaking the CAC meet record, and the CAC record overall. It was the third straight season McGowan won the high jump. Kyleigh Dumas, who was competing in her first CAC championship, captured a second-place finish in the pole vault, clearing the bar at a height of 10' 10". In the track events Jamie Farley earned an eighth-place finish in the 200-meter dash, crossing the finish line in a time of 27.24 seconds, while capturing a first-place finish in the 400-meter run, posting a time of 59.32 seconds.
On the men's side Alex Hardman finished third in the 400-run dash, coming home in a time of 50.74 seconds. Emmanuel Porquin placed fourth in the 800-meter dash, completing the race in a time of 1:57.94. In the field events Matthew Adedeji captured a fourth-place finish in the high jump, clearing the bar at a height of 6' 5" to earn the top-five finish. Adedeji turned in another impressive performance in the triple jump, earning a second-place finish after jumping a distance of 45' 3.50". Duncan Ferrin rounded out the field events, capturing a first-place finish in the weight throw recording a throw of 52' 4.75".
Leading the Pack
The men's team will be led by a multitude of athletes as Beckett-Simms, Adedeji, Ferrin, and Jeffrey McInnis will look to lead the team in the field events. Beckett-Simms most recently broke the school record in the triple jump, while Adedeji is coming off a second-place finish in the high jump. McInnis captured a third-place finish in the long jump at the Patriot Games, while Ferrin earned a second-place finish in the weight throw at the Eastern Shore Invite.
In the track events the team will look to Porquin, Malcolm Milton, and Bryan Howell to name a few. Porquin picked up a fourth-place finish in the 800-meter run, posting a time of 2:02.00 at the Eastern Shore Invite, while Milton placed second in the 3,000-meter run. Howell earned a fourth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles, posting a time of 9.14 seconds.
On the women's side the team will be led by Jacqueline Seymour and Dumas in the field events. Julia Mullen and Imani Hasell will also look to make an impact in this year's championships, as each had impressive performances at the Eastern Shore Invitational. Mullen earned a second-place finish in the pole vault, while Hasell finished fourth in the weight throw.
In the track events the team will be led by Farley, Alison Schwartz, and Glory Ebinama. Farley, who broke the 400-meter school record earlier this month, has been impressive throughout the seaosn with her time of 58.38 being one of the nation's best. Schwartz earned a second-place finish in the 5,000-meter run in her last meet, while Ebinama broke the school's 60-meter dash record at the Patriot Games, posting a time of 7.89 seconds.
Salisbury returns to action on Sunday, February 25 when it travels to George Mason to compete in the George Mason Winter Games. The meet is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.