Feb. 8, 2014
NEW YORK - Another day and another couple of Coastal Carolina women's indoor track and field record fell Saturday as Aynslee van Graan and the 4x400 relay teams set new standards on the final afternoon of the Armory Collegiate Invitational.
For the second time in as many weeks, van Graan broke the CCU mile record as she clocked 4:51.66 on Saturday, bettering her time of 4:54.07 from last weekend's meet at Clemson. The freshman placed third overall out of 56 runners in the event's college division, behind only runners from Delaware and Arkansas.
The Chanticleers' 4x400 relay continued to lower the CCU and Big South records, with Jessica Gelibert, Camille Hurley, Leah Fair and Christal Green combining to turn in a run of 3:42.44. The Chants finished third out of 23 teams in the event, trailing just Ohio State and George Mason, while finishing ahead of Vanderbilt and BYU.
A third school record nearly fell on the day in the 800 meters as van Graan recorded a time of 2:13.76 to place ninth in the college division. It was the second fastest time in school history and just .01 off the mark held by Saskia Janssen since 2006. It was Janssen's mile record that van Graan had broken last week and bettered on Saturday.
Through the first four meets this season, Coastal has totaled eight school-record breaking performances.
Other top performances in the meet Saturday were Amirah Al-Bayyinah placing fourth in the college triple jump with a leap of 12.23 meters and Emily Marchini running a personal-best 5:00.20 to place seventh in the mile, giving CCU two of the top seven finishers.
Green had qualified for the 400 meter finals, but did not compete. She did run in the championship division of the 200 meters and finished 19th out of 69 runners with a Coastal season-best time of 24.80.
Marchini also ran a personal-best in the 800 meters with a time of 2:16.08 to place 19th in the college division field of 77. Emma Hulburd also ran a personal-best time in the event.
Also this weekend, the Chanticleer throwers competed in Mountaineer Open at Appalachian State and freshman Kristen Sansbury notched two top-five finishes. Sansbury placed fourth in the Division I shot put Saturday with a season-best throw of 12.87 meters. Teammate Jalacy Green finished fifth with a mark of 12.54 meters. Sansbury also took fourth in the Division I weight throw, recording a toss of 16.36 meters.
Coastal will compete in its final meet prior to the Big South Championships when they travel to Winston-Salem next weekend for the UCS Invitational.