TU places 7th at CAAs
The Tigers’ track and field team finished seventh overall in the Colonial Athletic Association Championships Saturday at George Mason University with a total of 60.5 points.
James Madison won the meet with a total of 132 points. Virginia Commonwealth University placed second, followed by Georgia State to round out the top three.
One of the team’s goals entering the championships was to finish ahead of William & Mary, which they accomplished.
Juniors Katie Salke and Jessica Cooke led Towson with their performances in the heptathlon.
Salke won the 100-meter hurdle with a time of 14.77 seconds, and was the only participant to finish under 15 seconds. Cooke was not far behind, finishing with a time of 15.43 seconds to place third.
Cooke also finished second in the high jump with a jump of 1.60 meters and fourth in the long jump with a jump of 5.06 meters.
She earned 4,350 points in the heptathlon event, which placed her third overall and earned the Tigers six points.
Salke finished fourth in the heptathlon. A second-place finish in the long jump (5.15 meters), and second-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.49 seconds earned her 4,010 points.
Freshman Emily Wenger was another standout for Towson. She qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships, finishing third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.96. Her time earned the Tigers six points.
The quartet of Wenger, sophomores Evan Campbell and Leslie Miles, and junior Shemika Martin earned two points for the Tigers in the 4×400 relay with a time of 3:54.23.
Campbell also earned 1.5 points in the high jump for the Tigers and finished with a time of 57.96 in the 400-meter dash for the Tigers.
Senior Shannel Shivers finished seventh in the shot put with a throw of 12.68 meters to earn the Tigers two points.
Senior Shianna Smith, Shivers and sophomore Melissa Shirley finished 10th, 11th, and 12th respectively in the discus event for Towson. Smith led the way for Towson with a throw of 40.49 meters.