Feb. 1, 2014
CLEMSON - With a new school record, two individual runner-up finishes and a relay victory, Coastal Carolina's distance runners led the Chanticleer women's indoor track and field team to a strong performance during Saturday's second day of the Bob Pollock Invitational at Clemson.
Competing in just her second collegiate meet, freshman Aynslee van Graanbroke the school record in the mile run by clocking a time of 4:54.07 while taking home second place. She broke the previous CCU record of 4:55.39 by Saska Janssen, which had stood since 2006. van Graan's time was the fastest of any collegiate runner in Saturday's meet, as she trailed only Grace Barnett, who finished in 4:52.86 while competing unattached. Van Graan's time was more than three seconds faster than the third-place runner.
Overall in the two-day meet, the Coastal women finished third out of 13 Division I teams. The Chanticleers totaled 89 points to trail only host Clemson (138) and Western Carolina (95). N.C. State was behind CCU in fourth, followed by Georgia Southern.
Also taking individual runner-up honors Saturday was redshirt senior Emma Hulburd, who finished the 3,000 meters in a time of 10:26.20. Hulburd finished more than 10 seconds ahead of third place and trailed only Charlotte's Morgan Richards (10:24.89) in posting the top finish of her career.
In the 4x400 relay, the Chants placed both of their teams in the top three places. The squad of Christal Green, Leah Fair, Christina Davis and Teka Simpson took runner-up honors in a time of 3:49.57. They finished just ahead of the team of Jessica Gelibert, Camille Hurley, Kaila Smith and Sharmaine Barnes, who clocked 2:49.83.
Individually, Gelibert had the top sprint finish of the day as she placed third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.72. Four of Coastal's five runners who entered the event qualified for the finals. Ashley Davistook fourth in 8.74, Smith was sixth in 8.97 and Hurley placed seventh.
Amirah Al-Bayyinah led the field event performances and notched her sixth top-five of the season with a fourth-place finish in the triple jump, recording a top mark of 12.22 meters (40-1.25). Jalacy Green took sixth place in the shot put with a personal-best throw of 13.06 meters (42-10.25). Simpson notched seventh place in the high jump (1.60 meters), while Raven Hamilton and Kelila Naulesboth finished ninth (1.55 meters).
Also for the Coastal women, Marchini added a fifth-place finish in the 800 meters (2:17.96) and Barnes was ninth in the 400 meters (57.95).
For the Chanticleer men, Reggie Nelson led the way with a runner-up finish in the high jump as he cleared a height of 2.11 meters (6-11.0). Clemson's Torian Ware had the same mark, but took first place with fewer attempts. Desmond Wallace placed fifth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.16) and DeAndra Lipscombtook fifth in the 400 meters (49.56).
The 4x400 relay team of Lipscomb, Steve Carr, Carrington Fernandors and Russel Kanner placed third (3:21.02), while Nick Seabrightplaced second in the heptathlon's 1000 meter run (3:00.13). The Chants finished sixth out of 12 Division I teams.
The CCU female sprinters, distance runners and sprinters will head to New York next week to compete in the New Balance Collegiate Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The throwers, meanwhile, will compete at Appalachian State.