Chants Set Three School Records, Win 4x400 Relay at Va. Tech

Green breaks five-year mark in 400, combines with teammates to set relay record


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BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Coastal Carolina women's 4x400 relay team set a new school record to win the event at the Hokie Invitational Saturday afternoon, while Christal Green broke a five-year old school mark in the 400 meters and the distance medley relay team also broke a school record.

The team comprised of Jessica Gelibert, Camille Hurley, Teka Simpson and Green clocked a time of 3:44.84 to best the previous school mark of 3:45.76 established last season, also at Virginia Tech. Gelibert was a part of that squad as well, but the other three members are different. Saturday's team also established a new Big South Conference record in the event.

The time was over a second quicker than second-place Pittsburgh, which finished in 3:45.96. VCU was a distant third in the 20-team field in the event with a time of 3:48.63. Coastal's second relay team of Sharmaine Barnes, Anna Carnegie, Christina Davis and Kaila Smith finished eighth in 3:54.74.

Earlier Saturday, Green set a new indoor program record in the individual 400 meters, clocking a time of 55.41 to place third and break the previous mark of 55.57 held by Amber White since 2009. The transfer from South Carolina took almost two seconds off her winning time in her first meet as a Chanticleer last month.

Green led a strong team performance in the event as three Coastal athletes placed in the top seven and four were among the top 11. Gelibert finished sixth with a time of 56.16, Hurley was right behind in seventh with a 56.24 and Smith was 11th in 57.62.

The CCU distance medley record also fell Saturday as Aynslee van Graan, Leah Fair, Emily Marchini and Shelby Nicosia combined to finish finished in time of 11:55.70. The team broke the previous mark of 12:15.70, which was set two years ago and finished ninth in the event overall.

Also for Coastal, Amirah Al-Bayyinah notched a fifth-place finish in the long jump, recording a mark of 5.54 meters (18-2.25). Simpson (24.94) and freshman Leah Fair(24.98) placed eighth and ninth, respectively, in the 200 meters.

The Coastal men also earned a first-place finish Saturday as Reggie Nelson was victorious in the high jump, clearing 2.07 meters (6-9.5) in his second attempt to edge out Liberty's Zach Minor, who was successful on his third attempt at the height. The men's 4x400 relay team was also successful as Corey Hackett-Greene, DeAndra Lipscomb, Alexander Hass and Deion Wellington combined to place second with a time of 3:17.07. Hackett-Greene added a fifth-place finish in the 200 meters in a time of 22.03.

The Chanticleers return to action next Friday and Saturday at the Bob Pollock Invitational at Clemson.

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