2013 CAA Track & Field Championship Preview
RICHMOND, Va. (May 2, 2013) - The 2013 CAA Track & Field Championships will be held May 3-4 at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md. Four men’s teams and seven women’s teams will be competing in the event.
Action opens with the men's and women's javelin on Friday morning with the pole vault, long jump and hammer throw to follow in the afternoon session. On the track, trials kick off at 1:00 p.m. with the 1,500 meters. The first individual champions will be crowned on Friday evening with the running of the 5,000 and 10,000 meter races.
Saturday's second day of action begins at 9:00 a.m. with the decathlon, which will be followed by the start of field events at 10:00 a.m. and the heptathlon. The finals of the running events will begin at 12:45 p.m. with the 4x100 meter relays. The championship awards ceremony will be held after the completion of all events.
UNCW, Northeastern and William & Mary will battle for the men’s championship. UNCW has won four CAA titles and posted three second-place finishes over the past eight years. Expected to lead the Seahawks are David Lindsay, who is the defending champion in the 110 meter hurdles, and senior sprinter Jeremy Johnson, who has the top time in the 100 meters. Dylan Skinner and Ryan O’Connor are top contenders in the 800 meters and Anthony Colon should be among the favorites in the 400 hurdles. In the field events, Aerial Chapman and Cam Walton will battle for titles in the jumps and Kyle Barbour is UNCW’s top performer in the throws.
William & Mary has won four CAA titles and recorded four consecutive second-place efforts from 2007-10. The Tribe is traditionally strong in the distance events where Alex McGrath is the defending champion in the 5,000 meters, Rad Gunzenhauser has the top time in the 10,000 meters and Liam Anastasia-Murphy is coming off a strong Penn Relays performance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. In the field events, Bob Smutsky is the favorite in the javelin, while Brian Waterfield and Taylor Frenia should be contenders in the throws.
Northeastern is looking to win its first CAA men’s championship. The Huskies have one of the country’s top distance runners in Eric Jenkins, who will be competing in the 1,500 meters. Other contenders for the Huskies are Jared Lane, who will run in the sprints and hurdles, and Max Milder, who is the defending champion in the hammer throw.
Three-time defending men’s champion George Mason is ineligible for the team championship but will compete for individual titles. Headlining that group is senior All-American David Verburg, who is the three-time defending gold medalist in the 400 meters after setting a meet record last season with a time of 45.06. Also returning to defend his medal in the track events is Adrian Vaughn in the 200 meters. Mason also returns Patrick Dietrick and Gustavo Osorio, who will look to win back-to-back golds in the pole vault and decathlon events.
On the women’s side, James Madison is the defending champion after capturing its first CAA title a year ago. The Dukes return a trio of medalists from last season including Katie Harman, who captured gold in the 1,500 meter and 5,000 meter events. Marissa McDonald is looking to win back-to-back medals in the long jump and Annie Reiner is the defending champion in the 800 meters. Adrena May is one of the favorites in the hammer throw.
Also battling for the title are Delaware, UNCW, Northeastern, Towson and William & Mary.
William & Mary has won 10 CAA championships, with its most recent coming in 2010. Elaina Balouris is the favorite in the 5,000 meters and Dylan Hasset and Emily Stites should be in the hunt for the gold in the 10,000 meters. The Tribe should also have several strong contenders in the field events with Natalie Baird in the discus and Elizabeth Crafford and Nicole Dory in the pole vault.
Delaware features the defending champion in the 200 meters in Victoria Caruso. Also expected to contend for gold are Alana Pantale in the hammer throw, Kelsey Evancho and Amira Idris in the jumps and Latoya James and Breanna Nicholson in the hurdles. Expected to lead host Towson are sprinter Kelsey Fiddes, hurdlers Katelynn Williams and Emily Wenger and jumpers Wilhelmina Austin and Lauren Bergamo.
UNCW is looking for strong performances from Meena Reid in the sprints and Clarissa Perkins in the throwing events. For Northeastern, Kaylin Miranda and Nia Howard are expected to contend for title in the jumps, Jillena Decarteret is looking to challenge for the pole vault title and Nicole Genard is strong in the javelin.
George Mason has several contenders for individual titles, including Dominique Graham in the high jump, Jasmine Moser in the pole vault, Cierra McGee and Daianna Barron in the 400 meters, Shavon Briscoe in the 100 meter hurdles and Taylor Wheaton in the 400 meter hurdles.
Admission to the championship is free for all spectators. For full coverage of the 2013 CAA Track and Field Championships including daily recaps, highlights, live results, and the official program visit, the Championship Central page.