|UNCW Takes CAA Men's Track & Field Title|
HARRISONBURG, Virginia – UNCW won eight events, including both relays, as the Seahawks claimed their 11th Colonial Athletic Association men’s track & field championship on Saturday at University Park in Harrisonburg, Va.
The Seahawks ran away with the men’s title with 265 points while Northeastern finished second with 221. Defending champion William & Mary took third.
On the women’s side, Delaware claimed its first women’s title while Northeastern and William & Mary tied for second. UNCW took fourth with 127 points.
“This was a tremendous weekend for both of our programs, we had incredible performances on Saturday,” said UNCW Head Coach Jim Sprecher. “It’s great to get back to the top after several near-misses over the past years. All our athletes came together today and turned in winning performances.”
Leading the way for the Seahawks on the final day was junior Cam Walton, who earned his second and third gold medals of the championships. Walton won the Triple Jump with a mark of 49-9.25 feet and also ran a leg of the winning 4x100 relay (41.91 seconds). For his efforts, Walton was named Field MVP of the meet.
UNCW’s biggest winner on the day was senior Meena Reid who earned four golds, winning the 100 and 200 meters and running legs of the winning 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Reid posted times of 11.68 in the 100 and later clocked in at 24.33 in the 200.
“Meena shined today with two individual wins and then ran on the winning relays. Those 40 points were valuable to us.”
Freshman Brandon McLean gave UNCW a sweep of the 100 meters when he claimed top honors with a time of 10.61. He also ran the anchor leg of the 4x100.
In the hurdles, Matthew Foster (14.38) won the 110 and Cody Love (53.52) won the 400 for the Seahawks. Love also ran the anchor leg of the 4x400.
Dylan Skinner added two golds on the day by winning the 800 meters (1:50.46) and running on the 4x400 relay.
In the field events, freshman Margaret Edwards won the High Jump with a mark of 5-7 and fellow newcomer Caleb Mathis captured the Decathlon with 5,605 points.
Junior Hailey Blackburn ran on both winning relays for the Seahawk women.
UNCW became the third school to win all four relays, joining George Mason in 1995 and 2003. The women's 4x400 set a school record with a time of 3:45.97.
Women - Team Rankings - 21 Events Scored
1) Delaware 158 2) Northeastern 138
2) William and Mary 138 4) UNC-Wilmington 127
5) James Madison 119 6) Towson 87
7) Col. of Charleston 50
Men - Team Rankings - 21 Events Scored
1) UNC-Wilmington 265 2) Northeastern 221
3) William and Mary 151