Women claim CAC crown; Coach Jones named Men's Coach of the Year

Women claim CAC crown; Coach Jones named Men's Coach of the Year

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The 2019 Capital Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships came to a close on Saturday and Salisbury University found itself among the top in the conference with the women capturing the 2019 crown, claiming their first CAC title since 2012, while the men placed second.

Head coach Jim Jones was also recognized by the conference as he was named the 2019 Men's Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career. "I believe we got everything out of our team over the last two days," Jones said. "I am so proud of our women and how they rose to another level while our men left it all out there on the track. Both teams left here [Christopher Newport] with nothing left."

Women

The women's team racked up 154 total points over the weekend, defeating last year's champion and host Christopher Newport University (135) by 19 points. The Sea Gulls posted five victories on the final day of the championships, including four in the running events and one CAC meet record in the field events.

Kyleigh Dumas got the Sea Gulls off to a great start, winning the pole vault and setting a new CAC meet record by clearing the bar at a height of 11' 4.5." Her new mark surpasses the previous mark set back in 2015 by Claire Harrington of the University of Mary Washington.

Kara Osborne garnered a fourth-place finish in the triple jump, posting a mark of 33' 11.5."

Colleen Howard earned a fifth-place finish in the high jump, clearing the bar at a height of 4' 11."

Glory Ebinama earned the victory in the 60-meter dash, coming home in a time of 7.98 seconds. Teammate Ashley Luton finished sixth in the event, crossing the finish line in 8.58 seconds.

Jamie Farley earned back-to-back victories in the 200 and 400-meter dash. Farley completed the 200-meter dash in a time of 26.20 seconds to earn the win while running a time of 59.03 seconds in the 400. Ebinama finished two spots behind Farley in the 200-meter dash clocking in at 26.32 seconds. Meanwhile, Ti'Aria Hariston finished fifth while Caitlyn Rishell placed sixth recording times of 27.11 seconds and 27.16 seconds. 

In the 400-meter dash outside of Farley's top-finish a flock of Sea Gulls earned solid finishes with Luton, Rishell, Alicia Meier, and Hairston all finishing in a row placing third through sixth respectively. Luton finished in a time of 1:00.95 while Rishell posted a mark of 1:01.66, and Meier and Hairston rounded out the group clocking times of 1:02.00 and 1:02.07. 

In the 800-meter run, two Sea Gulls finished back-to-back as Alyssa McCloskey and Juliana Ancalmo placed second and third respectively. McCloskey finished the race in a time of 2:26.56 while Ancalmo completed the race in 2:27.76.

Sydney Ruckel picked up a fourth-place finish in the 3,000-meter run while Ashley Mazer finished sixth. Ruckel came in at 10:46.41 while Mazer finished in a mark of 10:50.04.

The 4x400-meter relay team of Rishell, Meier, Hariston, and Farley earned the fifth victory of the afternoon for the women's side, coming home in 4:04.37.

Men

The men's team finished the weekend with 124 points, just five points behind 2019 champion Christopher Newport. The team saw great performances on Saturday, securing wins in the 3,000-meter run and 4x400-meter relay.

Jack McCloskey opened the day with a second-place finish in the 60-meter dash, coming in at 7.17 seconds. Jeffrey McInnis earned a fourth-placef inish in the event coming in at 7.28 seconds.

A trio of Gulls turned in exceptional efforts in the 200-meter dash with Alex Hardman leading the way, placing third with a time of 22.78 seconds. Michael Van Gieson finished fifth, posting a time of 22.90 seconds, while McCloskey finished just behind his teammate with a mark of 22.94 seconds.

Van Gieson would also garner a second-place finish in the 400-meter run while Hardman placed fourth. Van Gieson came in at 50.28 seconds while Hardman finished the race in a time of 51.09 seconds.

Emmanuel Porquin finished fifth in the 800-meter run, coming home in 1:59.63. He would also pick up a fourth-place finish in the mile run, posting a mark of 4:29.54 for the race.

Conner Masteran picked up right where he left off in the distance events, securing one of two men victories for the day by winning the 3,000-meter run. Masteran finished the race in a time of 8:44.33.

Charlie Schueler finished sixth in the 60-meter hurdles, coming in at a mark of 9.21 seconds.

The 4x400-meter relay team of Hardman, Van Gieson, Isaiah Myers, and Ethan Binnix earned Salisbury's second victory of the afternoon, finishing the race in a time of 3:25.23.

In the field events, McInnis finished second overall in the triple jump, recording a jump of 43' 3.75." Meanwhile, Chris Leby placed sixth with a jump of 41' 1."

"It just brings me to tears that both teams gave it their all for themselves and each other," Jones said.

Salisbury returns to on action on Friday, March 1 when it travels to New York, New York to compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships. The meet is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.   

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