Jan. 26, 2013
FAIRFAX, Va. - Freshman Kelila Naules and senior Anjulia Nicholson won individual events and the Coastal Carolina women's indoor track & field team posted 11 top-five finishes at the George Mason Patriot Games Invitational on Saturday.
Competing in her third collegiate meet, Naules took first place in the triple jump with a season-best leap of 11.87 meters (38-11.50). Naules edged out teammate and fellow freshman Amirah Al-Bayyinah, who recorded a mark of 11.73 meters (38-6.0) to finish second.
Nicholson won the weight throw with a mark of 16.18 meters (53-1.0), and notched her second straight top-three finish in the event. She placed third last weekend at the Virginia Tech Invitational.
Freshmen Jessica Gelibert and Teka Simpson both notched runner-up finishes Saturday. Gelibert took second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:17.87. Simpson placed second in the high jump, clearing 1.65 meters (5-5.0) for the third time in as many meets.
Sophomores Sharmaine Barnes and Qwontajah Thompson and senior Erica Peake each posted third-place finishes. Barnes placed third in the 400 meters in a time of 58.87, which was second-best among collegiate runners in the event. Thompson took third in the 200 meters with a time of 25.38. Peake placed third in the long jump for the second straight week, recording a mark of 5.61 meters (18-5-0).
Freshman Kyla van Graan, who joined the team earlier this month, turned in a top-five finish in her first collegiate meet. She placed fifth in the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:10.45.
Junior Emily Marchini and sophomore Christina Davis rounded out the Chanticleers' top-five performances with fourth-place finishes. Marchini was fourth in the 800 meters with a personal-best time of 2:18.35, while Davis took fourth in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.89.
Junior Naomi Atkins set a personal-best in the weight throw, finishing sixth with a mark of 14.27 meters (46-10). Also placing sixth were Marchini in the mile run (5:05.91) and Gelibert in the 60 hurdles (8.94). Freshman Raven Hamilton was seventh in the high jump with a season-best 1.60 meters and junior Gabrielle Lee tied for seventh in the 60-meter dash (7.84).
Also for the Chants, freshman Jalacy Green made her collegiate debut in the shot put and finished eighth (11.79 meters). Senior Mary Lawrence placed eighth in the pole vault (10-10.5). Saayman ran a personal-best in the mile run (5:07.11) to finish ninth, while freshman Keegan Woodson was ninth in the triple jump (35-2.0) and Atkins took ninth in the shot put (38-7.50). Simpson placed 10th in the long jump (16-10.5).
In Friday's pentathlon competition, freshman Vanita Pulliam and junior Anna Carnegie each turned in season-high totals. Pulliam had a runner-up finish in the shot put (10.35 meters) and finished with 2,788 points, while Carnegie placed third in the 800 meters (2:35.05) and totaled 2,771 points.
A total of 26 women's teams participated in the meet. Coastal will next compete in the Hilton Garden Invitational next Friday and Saturday in Winston-Salem, N.C.