March 2, 2014
CONWAY - For the first time since the 2007 and 2008 season, the Coastal Carolina men’s track & field team earned back-to-back Battle of the Beaches victories. The annual dual meet pits the men’s track & field programs of UNC Wilmington and Coastal Carolina against one another with a surfboard trophy on the line. Coastal has now won five of the nine events dating back to 2005. CCU’s 113-93 victory matches the largest margin of victory in the meet’s history. The Seahawks defeated Coastal by the same 113-93 margin at the Battle of the Beaches VII.
Coastal won 12 of the 20 events during the meet while breaking the meet record in five. Coastal opened the day by finishing first and second in the hammer throw. Sophomore Ryan Minor and senior Cameron Griggs took the top two spots. Minor’s 58.48m (191-10) bested all the competitors by over three meters. Griggs placed second with a throw of 55.11m (180-10).
Senior Chris Tillotson then blew away the competition in the javelin by over 10 meters. He threw a meet best toss of 53.55m (175-08). Griggs picked up his second, second-place finish of the day with a throw of 43.19m (141-08).
Minor and Griggs once again teamed up to sweep the top two spots in the shot put as Minor picked up his second victory of the day with a throw of 14.89m (48-10.25) while Griggs placed second for the third time with a throw of 14.70m (48-02.75).
Junior Joseph Keitt kicked off the track portion of the event by breaking the meet record in the 2000 meter steeplechase. His time of 6:06.50 broke the previous meet record of 6:10.59 set by CCU’s John Heron in 2007.
A podium sweep and meet record highlighted the 110 meter hurdles. Sophomore Desmond Wallace ran a meet best 14.22 to break the record of 14.25 set by CCU’s Jack Hutchison in 2010. Freshman Kevondre' Hunt placed second with a time of 14.39 while junior Carrington Fernandors came in third at 14.59.
Back on the field side of the meet junior Reggie Nelson and Hunt placed first and second in the high jump. Nelson came up just short of a meet record with a leap of 2.05m (6-08.75) while Hunt hit a height of 1.85m (6-00.75).
Juniors DeAndra Lipscomb and Steve Carr placed first and second in the 400 meters. Lipscomb won with a time of 48.41 while Carr finished second with a time of 48.74. Senior Ryan Beckley followed with a win in the 800 meters with a meet record time of 1:53.81. The time bested UNCW's Will Zahorodny record time of 1:55.04 set in 2009.
Junior Alexander Hass then took first in the 200 meters and broke the meet record with a time of 21.46. The previous record of 21.47 was held by UNCW’s Justin Prevette which he set in 2011.
Back on the field, Griggs and Minor once again teamed up to provide some big points for the Chants. Griggs placed first in the discus with a throw of 44.63m (146-05) while Minor came in second with a toss of 44.23m (145-01).
Freshman Ishmael Kamara, competing in his first collegiate outdoor event, broke the meet record in the triple jump with a distance of 14.95m (49-00.75). The previous record was 14.75m held by UNCW’s Arial Chatman. Senior JaDarrell Barnette finished second in the triple jump with a distance of 14.26m (46-09.50).
The final event of the day was a thrilling 4x400 meter relay. The Chants and Seahawks were neck-and-neck most of the way but CCU’s Alexander Hass ran the anchor leg and pulled the Chants from behind to win the race and claim another meet record. Hass, Lipscomb, Carr and senior Stevie Brunson combined to run a time of 3:14.74 to break UNCW’s 2007 record of 3:14.92.
The Chanticleers will be back in action this Friday, March 7 at the Palmetto Classic hosted by College of Charleston.