SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's track & field teams are ready to host the 2021 Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference (C2C) Outdoor Championships, set to begin on Friday, April 30 and run through Saturday, May 1.
Day 1 events will begin on Friday at 4 p.m. and are scheduled to last through approximately 8 p.m. Day 2 events will begin on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and run through approximately 6 p.m. with an awards ceremony beginning at 6:15 p.m. Both days of the meet will be broadcast live on the Sea Gull Sports Network (SGSN).
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LEADING THE MEN
The Sea Gull men enter the C2C Championships having finished in first place in all four team-scored meets during the spring, besting several Division I schools in the process. Mike Heinz enters the championship meet with the league's fastest 800-meter run (1:56.59), one of three Sea Gulls who have broken two minutes in the event. Caleb Mable boasts the conference's top times in both hurdling events, logging 15.83 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles and 55.53 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles; Justin Spiers is right behind Mable in the 400-meter hurdles (56.45 seconds). Meanwhile, Salisbury's 4x400-meter relay team of Nazaire Spencer, Sherrod Frye, Spiers and Mable own the pole position with a 3:25.81 mark.
On the field side, Andrew McGinley topped all C2C regular season marks in the high jump (1.95 meters, 6-4.75). Zachary Stump set a school record in the pole vault in the Eastern Shore Challenge on April 10, clearing 4.88 meters (16-0) for as of Sunday the fifth-best mark in Division III. Brian Duperval owns the league's best shot put distance (14.96 meters, 49-1) with two other Sea Gulls in the top four. Travis Zimmerman ranks top-25 nationally in the hammer throw with his C2C-best 53.53 meters (175-7), as does Cameron Hasko in the javelin throw (55.39 meters, 181-9); Hasko is the polesitter in the javelin with teammate Keifer Thomas (51.85 meters, 170-1) close behind.
LEADING THE WOMEN
The Sea Gull women finished top-three in all four of their team-scored meets, winning two. Heather Delaplaine enters the C2C Championships with the conference's third-best time in the 800-meter run (2:22.56), with Allyson Wagner also tracking third in the 10,000-meter run (42:48.13). Danielle Jensen owns the league's best 400-meter hurdles mark (1:09.31) and enters the weekend second in the 100-meter hurdles (15.92).
Colleen Howard looks to defend her conference title and set herself up for national glory in the high jump. Howard broke a school record by clearing 1.74 meters (5-8.5) in the Eastern Shore Challenge on April 10, currently tied for the top high jump mark in Division III. Alyssa Collier and Sophia Crozier-Carole currently sit two-three in the pole vault, scaling 3.20 meters (10-6) and 3.10 meters (10-2), respectively. Jensen sits in second in the triple jump (10.61 meters, 34-9.75) and third in the long jump (4.97 meters, 16-3.75).
LAST TIME AT THE CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Sea Gull men's and women's teams both finished in second place at the 2019 Capital Athletic Conference (CAC, now C2C) outdoor championships, hosted by Christopher Newport in Newport News, Va. The 2020 outdoor championships were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The men's teams accumulated 142 points, finishing 20 behind CAC champion Mary Washington. Salisbury returns only five participants from the 2019 championships. Zachary Stump is the reigning conference champion in the pole vault, clearing 4.75 meters (15-7) to win the 2019 title. Ethan Gray had the best showing on the running side with a fourth-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Christian Ciattei finished seventh in the 1,500-meter run. Justin Speirs took 11th in the 400-meter hurdles, and Caleb Mable started the event but was disqualified due to a lane violation.
The women's teams racked up 172 points, finishing just 11 shy of Mary Washington's winning total. Only four athletes from that second-place squad remain on the roster in 2021. Sydney Ruckel completed a double victory in the 5,000-meter run (19:05.10) and 10,000-meter run (40:06.15). Colleen Howard also earned gold in the high jump, clearing 1.61 meters (5-3.25). Abby Potter finished ninth in the 5,000-meter run, while Alexandra Jakubowski took 12th in the javelin throw.
Over two weeks after the C2C Championships, Salisbury will host the Salisbury University Final Qualifier on Tuesday, May 18, at 4 p.m., which will lead into the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field National Championships in Greensboro, N.C., on May 27-29.