Saayman Leads Coastal on First Day in Winston-Salem
Feb. 1, 2013
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Coastal Carolina sophomore Letitia Saayman was runner-up in the 5,000 meters during Friday's first day of the Hilton Garden Invitational at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Saayman, who was All-Big South in the 5,000 in last year's outdoor season, clocked a time of 17:42.20 Friday to finish behind only winner Hannah Witt of King College in the 25-runner field. Witt had a time of 17:35.25. The runner-up finish is Saayman's best in an indoor 5,000-meter race.
Freshman Kyla van Graan finished right behind teammate Saayman in third place with a time of 18:13.75. It was her second top-five finish in as many meets, after taking fifth in the 3,000 meters last weekend.
Senior Erica Peake took fourth in the 60-meter dash in a time of 7.49. Peake, who has two wins in the event this season, had the quickest time in the preliminaries (7.54).
Senior Mary Lawrence posted a season-best mark in the pole vault to finish in a tie for fifth. Lawrence cleared 3.40 meters (11-1.75) on her first attempt at the height.
Freshman Amirah Al-Bayyinah notched her second straight top-five finish in the triple jump. Al-Bayyinah recorded a personal-best of 11.90 meters (39-0.5) to place fifth. Senior Anjulia Nicholson placed seventh in the weight throw, recording a mark of 16.38 meters (53-9.0).
Sophomore DeAndra Lipscomb posted the top performance for the Coastal men's team. Lipscomb took third place in the 400 meters in a time of 49.65. Also for the men, junior JaDarrell Barnette placed fifth in the triple jump, recording a mark of 14.19 meters (46-6.75) on his sixth and final attempt.
The meet, which includes more than 40 schools, resumes Saturday at 9:45 a.m., with running and field events getting under way at 10 a.m. Click here for live results.