Chanticleers Win Big South Championship
Feb. 22, 2013
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Coastal Carolina women's indoor track & field team captured four more event titles and set two Big South Championship records Friday on its way to winning its sixth conference title and first since 2009.
After three straight runner-up finishes to Liberty, the Chanticleers got over the hump against the Flames this time, racking up 182 points in the two-day event. Liberty finished second with 142.
"Our ladies were on a mission," Coastal head coach Alan Connie said. "They stepped up throughout the Championship. It took a total team effort. We as coaches are extremely proud of them."
Erica Peake added titles in the 60-meter dash and 200 meters to her long jump crown she won on Thursday, Jessica Gelibert took the 400-meter title and the Chanticleers' 4x400 relay team set a championship record in winning that event to finish off the meet in style.
Peake was named the Women's Most Outstanding Track Performer, while Gelibert earned the Women's Freshman of the Year honor. Mary Lawrence, who won the pole vault, on Thursday was named to the Women's All-Academic Team for the second straight year. Connie increased his record for Big South Coach of the Year honors to 31, 10 of them in indoor track.
Peake also set a new championship mark in the 200 with a time of 24.07. Charleston Southern's Gabrielle Houston held the previous record of 24.14.
The senior standout also bettered Houston on the track Friday, edging her in the 60-meter dash. Peake won with a time of 7.39, .02 seconds ahead of runner-up Houston. The time broke Coastal's Chasity Johnson's Big South indoor meet record of 7.45 and equaled the CCU and conference record that Peake established two weeks ago.
Gelibert earned her first Big South individual title with the victory in the 400 meters, finishing in a time of 56.66. She finished just ahead of teammate Thompson who clocked 57.18. Hurley took fourth place in 58.55. Thompson also placed third in the 200 meters in a time of 24.89.
Emily Marchini and Anjulia Nicholson added runner-up finishes. Marchini was second in the mile run with a personal-best 5:05.60, while Nicholson took second in the weight throw with a mark of 17.05 meters (55-11.25), tying her personal-best.
Letitia Saayman followed closely behind Marchini in the mile, finishing fourth in a personal-best 5:06.53. Marchini also took fourth in the 800 meters in 2:16.28.
Also for the Chanticleers, Simpson placed third in the high jump, clearing 1.60 meters (5-3). Raven Hamilton achieved the same mark and placed fourth. Amirah Al-Bayyinah finished fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 11.81 meters (38-9), Gabrielle Lee placed fifth in the 60-meter dash in 7.70, Kyla van Graan was sixth in the 5000 meters (17.52.11) and Naules took sixth in the high jump (1.55 meters) and eighth in the triple jump (11.16 meters).
The Coastal women return to action next weekend at the Virginia Tech Last Chance meet.
1. Coastal Carolina 182
2. Liberty 142
3. Charleston Southern 74
4. Gardner-Webb 57
5. Campbell 50
6. High Point 41
7. UNC Asheville 38
8. Radford 28
9. VMI 25
9. Winthrop 25
All-Big South Honors
Erica Peake - 60m, 200m, long jump, 4x400 relay, champion
Jessica Gelibert - 400 m, champion; 4x400 relay, champion
Mary Lawrence - Pole vault, champion
Qwontajah Thompson - 400 m, second; 200 m, third; 4x400 relay, champion
Camille Hurley - 4x400 relay, champion
Emily Marchini - Mile, second
Kelila Naules - Long jump, second
Anjulia Nicholson - Weight throw, second
Jessica Dennison, Sharmaine Barnes, LaChelsie Thomas, Shelby Nicosia - Distance Medley relay, second
Ashley Davis - 60 hurdles, third
Letitia Saayman - 3000m, third
Teka Simpson - High jump, third
Women's Most Outstanding Track Performer
Women's Freshman of the Year
Women's Coach of the Year
Women's All-Academic Team