|Seahawks Savor 11th CAA Track Crown|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – It’s been just over a week since the UNCW track and field team returned to the top of the Colonial Athletic Association in men’s track and field. Veteran coach Jim Sprecher and his staff now want to keep the Seahawks there.
UNCW swept to its 11th men’s outdoor crown overall and its first since 2009 by building a 44-point victory over Northeastern at James Madison’s University Park. The Seahawks won eight events, including both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, in dominating the meet.
“After five runner-up finishes, we were glad to win this one and get the program back on top of the league,” said veteran head coach Jim Sprecher.
The Seahawks piled up a 44-point victory over Northeastern and William & Mary in the men’s competition, while the women came in fourth behind Delaware, Northeastern and William & Mary.
Overall, the two teams racked up 45 medals – 26 gold, nine silver and 10 bronze – and featured several outstanding individual performances during the two-day meet, topped by sterling efforts from junior Cam Walton and senior Maleena Reid.
Walton, from Cary, N.C, won five medals, taking first place in the Long Jump, Triple Jump and 4x100. He also picked up a silver in the High Jump and a bronze in the 100 Meters en route to being named Most Outstanding Field Event Performer in the meet.
Reid, a sprinter from Gastonia, N.C., left her mark as one of the program’s fastest women, claiming four golds in the 100 Meters, 200 Meters, 4x100 and 4x400.
“Cam and Maleena have been a big part of the success of our programs,” added Sprecher. “They have both always been clutch performers.”
Three other men turned in stellar performances for the Seahawks, who will send several student-athletes to the NCAA Regionals at the end of the month.
Freshman Brandon McLean continued to make a big impact in his first season by winning gold medals in the 100 Meters and 4x100 and a silver in the 200 Meters.
Senior Dylan Skinner claimed gold in the 800 Meters and 4x400, while Cody Love took gold in the Intermediate Hurdles and 4x400 and a silver in the 400 Meters.
“Success breeds success and we have always prepared well and competed well in championship meets,” Sprecher added. “But nothing motivates student-athletes and recruits more than a championship ring.”
The Seahawks will send 14 competitors to the Georgia Tech Invitational this weekend, May 16-17, as a tune up for the NCAA Regionals in Jacksonville, Fla., on May 29-31.