Kyla van Graan Takes 5000 Meter Title, Coastal Placed 2nd in Big South
BLACKSBURG, VA. - The Coastal Carolina women's track and field team captured second place in the Big South Championships on Saturday evening. The team fell 70 points short of first place finisher, Liberty who captured its 11th title with 178.50 points.
Overall, Coastal totaled 109 points finishing with two individual first place finishes while having two second place and two third place finishes. The Chants finished just one point ahead of Campbell, who had 108 points taking third place.
Kyla van Graan won the 5000 meter championship, in her first time competing in the event this season with a time of 17:10.38. In 8th place, Rachel Byrd had a personal best time of 18:46.22 to give the Chants a point. Jackie Brengel (19:13.36) and Lisa Pieterse (19:31.84) also represented the Chanticleers finishing 12th and 17th, respectively.
In the 4x400 meter relay, Coastal placed seventh overall with a time of 3:56.02. Jonnay Anthony led the Chants off followed by Rozelle Meier and Teka Simpson, then Imani Boatwright brought up the back end to finish.
Tallying eight points, Aynslee van Graan finished second in the one-mile run with a time of 4:56.48. Kyla van Graan (5:03.42) and Lisha Van Onselen (5:06.43) also placed top-10 for CCU finishing 6th and 8th overall. Alesia Muklebust rounded up the timing for Coastal, finishing with a time of 5:27.50.
Aynslee van Graan adding another top three finish in the 800 meter finals finishing third with a time of 2:14.19, a personal best time. Rounding up the scoring for Coastal, Imani Boatwright finished 7th with a time of 2:18.54 and Lisha Van Onselen with a time of 2:19.64.
In the field for Coastal, Amirah Al-Bayyinah captured a second place finish in the triple jump with her best mark at 12.56 meters (41-02.50). Finishing fourth, Kelila Naules had a personal best with her best jump at 11.63 meters (38-02.00). With another personal best, Veneshia Holmes finished 8th with her best jump at 11.28 meters (37-00.25).
Samantha Layko placed 7th overall in her first time competing in the shot put with her best throw at 12.39 meters (40-07.75).
Also for Coastal in the field, Raven Hamilton placed 5th in the high jump while Latesha Simpson placed 6th with their best jumps at 1.65 meters (5-05.00). Chloe White had a personal best jump at 1.60 meters (5-03.00) and Alexis Zehner rounded out the field for CCU had her best jump of the day at 1.50 meters (4-11.00).
All-Big South Conference
Emma Kroger, Pole Vault Champion
Amirah Al-Bayyinah, Triple Jump second
Kyla van Graan, 5,000 Meter Champion, 3,000 Meter second
Aynslee van Graan, 800 Meter third, One-Mile second
Teka Simpson, 200 Meters third, Long Jump third
Big South Final Scores
1) Liberty 178.50
2) Coastal Carolina 109
3) Campbell 108
4) Winthrop 55
5) Charleston Southern 52
6) High Point 49
7) Gardner-Webb 42
8) Radford 37.50
9) UNC-Asheville 32
Women's Coach of the Year: Michael Kelly, Campbell
Women's Track Athlete: Lilla Juhasz, Campbell
Women's Field Athlete: Marthaline Cooper
Women's Freshman: Delaney McDowell, Liberty
Women's Indoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year Jamie Schnuck, Sr., High Point
2015-16 Women's Indoor Track & Field All-Academic Team
Lilla Juhasz, Jr., Campbell
LaQuestis Scott, Sr., Charleston Southern
Kyla van Graan, R-Jr., Coastal Carolina
Merideth Byl, Sr., Gardner-Webb
Jamie Schnuck, Sr., High Point
Erin Zappia, Soph., Liberty
Cara Myrtle, Jr., Radford
Sarah Heisner, Jr., UNC Asheville
Taryn DeLeon, Jr., Winthrop