|Track Preview: CAA Championships|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – After a brief respite from competition for finals, the UNCW track and field teams head to Towson, Md., this weekend for the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Championships.
The meet runs Friday and Saturday (May 3-4) at Towson’s Unitas Stadium and Towson Center Athletic Complex. Admission is free for the meet and fans can follow the competition via live results or Twitter at @caasports and #caachamps.
The Seahawks, who begin the competition on Friday, have won 10 CAA men’s championships. Coach Jim Sprecher’s men have been the runner-up the last two years and won with their last title in 2009. On the women’s side, the Seahawks are looking for their first CAA championship and have finished as high as second as recently as 2009.
Senior David Lindsay defends his crown in the 110 Hurdles, where UNCW has dominated the event with past champions Zeickia Ledwell (2007), Ernest Asante (2008) and two-time winner Devon Watlington (2009, 2010). Lindsay, who will also compete in the 100 Meters, enters the meet ranked second among conference athletes in the hurdles with a time of 14.30. In the 100, he checks in fourth with a top-time of 10.91.
UNCW boasts seven athletes who own the top times or marks in events this season among CAA members.
Reid, who will also compete in the 200 and the Long Jump, broke her own school record in the 100 Meters with a time of 11.59 seconds at the Winthrop Invitational. In the 200, Reid carries a time of 23.92, also a school record, into the championships. The Long Jump will be her final individual event, where she last competed as a sophomore and fashioned a career-best mark of 18-4 1/4 feet.
Perkins has enjoyed a tremendous season as a sophomore, setting school records in the Shot Put (45-10 1/2) and Discus (150-7). She also owns the conference’s seventh best mark in the Hammer at 154-9 feet. She finished fifth in the Discus and sixth in the Shot Put as a freshman one year ago.
Senior Jeremy Johnson owns UNCW’s and the CAA’s top mark in the 100 Meters at 10.53 seconds, just .01 seconds off his personal record. Johnson will also represent the Seahawks in the 200 Meters, where he is sixth in the CAA with a time of 21.82.
In the 800 Meters, Dylan Skinner and Ryan O’Connor are the league’s top two performers with times of 1:50.64 and 150.99.
Junior Anthony Colon will look to recapture the 400 Hurdles title for UNCW after the Seahawks claimed gold in 2007, 2008 and 2010. Colon’s time of 54.49 leads the CAA.
In the Jumps, junior Aerial Chatman, who qualified for the NCAA First Round in the Triple and Long Jumps in 2012, will compete in both events and enters the meet as the CAA’s leader in the Triple Jump (49-9 3/4) and fourth behind sophomore teammate Cam Walton (23-7 1/2) in the Long Jump at 23-6.
Senior thrower Kyle Barbour tops of the field in the Discus (157-11), ranks third in the Hammer (184-8) and is sixth in the Shot Put (43-8).
The relay lineups haven’t been announced, but the Seahawks own the second fastest 4x100 Relays. In addition, the men rank third in the 4x400 and the women stand seventh.
Only four teams will compete for the men’s title since reigning champion George Mason has been declared ineligible with its pending departure from the league. Seven schools are looking to dethrone defending champion James Madison in the women’s competition.