Feb. 21, 2013
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Coastal Carolina women's indoor track and field team claimed two event titles and stands in second place in the team standings after Thursday's first day of the Big South Championships, held at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The Chanticleers totaled 54 points on the opening day, to trail only Liberty, which had 68. However, Coastal qualified 15 athletes for the finals in five events that will be held on Friday, while the defending champion Flames will have just five participants in those finals.
Leading CCU on Thursday were seniors Erica Peake and Mary Lawrence, who added Big South indoor championships to the outdoor ones they won last spring. Peake claimed her first Big South indoor long jump title with a personal-best leap of 5.86 meters (19-2.75), while Lawrence took first in the pole vault, clearing a season-best 3.58 meters (11-9.0). It is Peake's fourth individual conference championship and the second for Lawrence, who was runner-up during the 2010 indoor season.
Coastal's distance medley relay team set a new school-record to place second in the event. The quartet of Jessica Dennison, Sharmaine Barnes, LaChelsie Thomas and Shelby Nicosia clocked a time of 12:10.02. The previous CCU mark was 12:15.70, set last season.
All four of the Chanticleers' entrants in the 60-meter dash and 400 meters qualified for the finals. Peake led the way, finishing second in a time of 7.50. Gabrielle Lee was fifth in 7.68, Ruby Durham seventh in 7.77 and Teka Simpson eighth in 7.78.
Peake notched the top preliminary time in the 200, finishing in 24.49. Simpson was fourth in 25.27 and Thompson qualified fifth in 25.41. In the 60-meter hurdle prelims, Christina Davis took second in 8.65, Ashley Davis was third in 8.67 and Gelibert was seventh in the 8.96. Also advancing was Emily Marchini, who qualified third in the 800 meters with a time of 2:21.26.
Coastal claimed three of the top four finishes in the long jump, with Kelila Naules and Simpson backing up Peake. Naules took runner-up honors with a personal-best mark of 5.42 meters (17-9.50), while Simpson placed fourth with a leap of 5.40 meters (17-8.75).
Letitia Saayman took third place in the 3000 meters in a time of 10:05.21, while Kyla van Graan was seventh in 10:22.84. Jalacy Green set a personal-best of 12.69 meters (41-7.75) to finish seventh in the shot put, while Brianna Cristiano took seventh in the pole vault (9-11.25). In the pentathlon, Anna Carnegie finished eighth with 3,004 points, while Vanita Pulliam was ninth with 2,975. Both totals were season-bests.
The meet resumes at 10 a.m. on Friday, with the final event (the 4x400 relay) wrapping up the meet at 2:35 p.m.