2022 CAA Track & Field Championship to Commence Friday

2022 CAA Track & Field Championship to Commence Friday

The 2022 CAA Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Championships begin Friday from Solomon Outdoor Track in Dedham, Mass., hosted by Northeastern University.

May 6, 2022 by FloTrack Staff
2022 CAA Track & Field Championship to Commence Friday

The 2022 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Championships commence Friday from Solomon Outdoor Track in Dedham, Mass., hosted by Northeastern University. 

The action begins at 10:00 a.m. on Friday with the women’s javelin and men’s pole vault. Additionally, field event champions will be crowned in men’s javelin (12 p.m.), men’s long jump (1:30 p.m.), women’s hammer throw (2 p.m.), women’s pole vault (4 p.m.), men’s hammer throw (4:30 p.m.) and women’s long jump (4:30 p.m.). 

Running prelims start at 1:00 p.m. and will continue throughout the evening, with the lone final of the day coming in the 10,000m for both the men and women. 

Men’s Field

Last season, Northeastern tied the conference record for consecutive championships won, capturing its sixth straight title. The Huskies return four conference champions from last season in Donatien Djero, Bryan Keller, Alexander Korczynski and Phillips Magre. Djero won the 100m dash and owns the top time in the conference this season with 10.19. Keller claimed the 1500m title last season and recorded a lifetime-best 3:44.61 in the event this year to rank atop the CAA. Korczynski set a meet record last year in the 3000m steeplechase (8:49.71) before claiming All-American honorable mention accolades at the NCAA Championships. Magre set a personal record in the high jump (2.03m) this season after winning gold in the event at the 2021 championships.  

UNCW owns the most CAA men’s track and field championships in conference history with 11. The Seahawks are looking to continue building back to championship contention. Josh Parks was the silver medalist in the 110m and 400m hurdles last season and owns the top times in both events this year with personal-best times of 13.95 and 51.55, respectively. UNCW student-athletes also hold top marks in the 400m and high jump, courtesy of Nickolis Anderson (48.25) and Donovan Lara (2.09m). 

William & Mary has finished runner-up the previous six seasons as the Tribe is in search of its first team title since 2013. The Tribe, historically dominant in the field events, has a pair of athletes with league-leading marks this season. Harrison Duncan has the top performances in the long jump and triple jump with leaps of 7.03m and 13.64m, respectively. Additionally, Chris Arias recorded a personal-best throw of 68.35m in the javelin to rank atop the conference.  

Hofstra competed at the CAA track and field championships for the first time in 2021. The Pride returns this year with a promising freshman. Zach Van Houten maintains the top time in the 10,000m this season with his performance of 29:54.89.

Women’s Field

The Elon won the 2021 CAA Outdoor Track and Field team title, marking the fourth different champion over the past four seasons. The Phoenix is poised to defend its title, looking to become the first repeat champion since they did so in 2015 and 2016. Elon’s mid-distance crew owns the top times in the 400m and 800m, while its distance squad has league-leading marks in the 1500m, 10,000m and 3000m steeplechase. Maria Ahm is the defending champion in the 5000m and enters the meet with the top time in the 10,000m (34:07.87) this season. Hannah Miller has the time to beat in the 3000m steeplechase (10:26.00), while Leandra Lorenz has the fastest time in the 1500m (4:19.73). Additionally, Stephanie Lair recorded the top time in the 800m (2:09.49), and Piper Jons is first in the 400m (54.34).

Towson has finished runner-up the previous two seasons and won the title most recently in 2017. The Tigers should be among the contenders again this season. Crystal Johnson has the top times in the 100 (11.63) and 200m (23.75) and will be looking to defend her titles in both events at the championship. Hayley Horvath returns as the defending champion in the pole vault after setting a championship meet record (4.27m) and advancing to the NCAA Championships a season ago. 

Delaware won its most recent title in 2019 before finishing third in 2021. The Blue Hens will be amongst the top challengers this season. Megan Albamonti took home gold in the javelin last season and has continued to excel this year. She established the top mark in the league this spring, with a Delaware program record of 50.64m. Additionally, Susanna Weir broke the Delaware program record in the 5000m with a time of 16:27.68, which is the top mark in the conference. 

Northeastern returns the Most Outstanding Field Performer from the 2021 Championship in Dominque Biron. Biron won the heptathlon and finished second in the high jump and third in the long jump at last year’s championship. She enters the weekend with the top performance in the heptathlon (5,473 pts) and the high jump (1.72m) this spring.

William & Mary has captured a conference-best 11 CAA women’s track and field championships. Keeley Suzenski has the top marks in two throwing events, leading the league in the shot put (14.93m) and discus (50.16m). Mary Gregory will look to defend her title in the 400m and as part of the Tribe’s 4x400m relay team. William & Mary’s 4x400m relay team has the top time in the conference this season. 

UNCW will have a trio of jumpers looking to contend in the long and triple jump. Courtney Lines has the conference’s top mark in the long jump (6.18m), while Victoria Whimple (12.23m) and Jayda Hunter (12.11m) rank second and third, respectively, in the triple jump. 

Charleston returns the silver medalist in the pole vault after Luzy Lieger finished second as a freshman last season. Lieger ranks fourth in the event this season, clearing a season-best 3.85m.

Hofstra welcomes back Jordyn McDonnell, who claimed bronze in the 3000m steeplechase during her first collegiate season. McDonnell ranks fourth in the CAA this season with a time of 10:46.38. 

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