ELON, North Carolina – Seniors Trey Jones and Meredith Bozzi of UNCW won individual titles as the curtain closed on the 27th Colonial Athletic Association Track & Field Championships Saturday at Elon's Jerry and Jeanne Robertson Track & Field Complex.
Northeastern used strong performances in the sprints and relays to defend its men's title with 307 points after rallying past opening-day leader William & Mary (262). UNCW came in third with 68 points.
On the women's side, Elon won seven events on the final day to capture its second straight title with 193 points. James Madison (163), Northeastern (118) and William & Mary (118), Towson (99), Delaware (49), College of Charleston (45) and UNCW (34) trailed the Phoenix.
"We competed hard this week and I'm very proud of this team," said Layne Schwier, UNCW's interim head coach. "As a team, we got thumped pretty good, but we knew it was going to be difficult. It's going to sting for a while, but I know we'll come back stronger next year."
Jones, who came in second in the Long Jump on Friday, captured gold in the Men's Triple Jump with a leap of 47-07. The Greensboro, N.C., product turned in the winning mark on his final attempt and made it the fourth year in a row that a Seahawk jumper has won the competition.
Jones combined with sophomore Moe Holmes to give the Seahawks a1-2 sweep in the Triple Jump. Holmes jumped 46-11.50.
Holmes delivered a yeoman's effort in the two-day event. He was fourth in the Long Jump on Friday and finished second in the Triple Jump (46-11.50), fifth in the 110 Hurdles (15.22) and ran a leg on the 4x100 Relay unit (42.14).
Bozzi, meanwhile, became the first Seahawk runner to win the 800 Meters with a time of 2:09.79, beating out Northeastern's Corrine Myers at 2:11.44. "Meredith wanted this win real bad after nipped at the line last year. She trained so hard for this moment. "
In other results, junior Chase Johanson wound up second in the High Jump with a leap of 6-4 to earn All-CAA honors for the third straight year in the event.
Sophomore Rian Fowler had a major PR in the 400 Meters with a 48.57 time for fourth place and senior Will Bunch capped a training whirlwind by finishing fifth the Decathlon with 4,815 points.