SALISBURY, Md. – Freshman thrower Jessica Israel (Frederick, Md.) scored in two events to lead the Gallaudet University women’s track and field team at the 2010 Capital Athletic Conference championships on Saturday at Salisbury University on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Israel scored team points (seven total) in the shot put and discus events to give the Bison their only points on the day.
The host Sea Gulls from Salisbury ended the 16-year dominance held by University of Mary Washington as Salisbury won it’s first-ever CAC women’s track and field championship after years of being the runner-up. SU scored 265 points which were 81 more than second-place Mary Washington. York (Pa.) College took third-place with 88 points, Hood was fourth (54 points) followed by Wesley (17 points) and Gallaudet. Salisbury won 11 of the 20 events. The Sea Gulls also won their seventh consecutive CAC men’s track and field championship.
Israel placed third overall in the shot put with a toss of 35 feet, 4.5 inches (10.78 meters) to give the Bison six points. She just missed earning all-conference honors as the CAC recognizes the top two finishers of each event. Salisbury placed in five of the top six spots in the shot put to earn 25 team points. Israel was sixth in discus as her throw of 97 feet, 10 inches (29.81 meters) earned her a point. The Gallaudet freshman was ninth in the hammer throw (89 feet, three inches – 27.20 meters) and the javelin (82 feet, nine inches – 25.23 meters).
Freshman Kayla Hardaway (Austin, Texas) was eighth in the 100-meter hurdles as she finished with a time of 17.54 seconds.
Sophomore Janaee Cobbs (Sacramento, Calif.) finished 15th overall in the 200-meter dash (30.97 seconds) and was 12th in the 100-meter dash (14.77 seconds). Teammate Rosemary Johnson (Richardson, Texas) just edged Cobbs in the 100-meter dash preliminaries with a time of 14.64 seconds to place 11th overall.
Gallaudet is off a week but will return to Salisbury, Md., on April 30-May 1 to participate in the Mason-Dixon championships.