Formed in 1989, the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) is a 10-member coalition of four-year, co-educational institutions that promotes intercollegiate athletic competition among schools located in close geographic proximity that have similar educational and athletic philosophies. The CAC strives to develop a harmony of good feeling and a spirit of competitive sportsmanship, fellowship, and uniformity of practice among member institutions. Conference members are required to operate their intercollegiate athletic programs under the highest ethical standards and to maintain a program consistent with the overall educational philosophy of the member institutions. Eight CAC member institutions sponsor the sports of men's and women's track & field - Christopher Newport, Frostburg State, Mary Washington, Penn State Harrisburg, Salisbury, Southern Virginia, Wesley, and York.
The SU Track and Field Complex, resurfaced in 2003, features an eight-lane, 400-meter oval and has hosted a number of local and regional championship meets, including the Capital Athletic Conference championships on several occasions. The Bermuda grass infield is one of the finest in the Mid-Atlantic region.