March 15, 2013
MYRTLE BEACH - The Coastal Carolina men's and women's track and field team picked up three victories and three second-place finishes on day two of the Shamrock Invitational. The women shined as senior Mary Lawrence won the pole vault, senior Anjulia Nicholson won the open hammer throw and freshman Kelila Naules finished third in the high jump "B" flight. As a team the women won the 4x200 in impressive fashion and took second in the 4x800 with a great push on the last leg of the race.
On the men's side it was sophomore Joseph Keitt and junior Jackson Corcoran leading the way with second-place finishes in the 3000 meter steeplechase and javelin, respectively, while freshman Jordan Entwistle finished fifth in the javelin.
Lawrence battled high winds to take the top spot in the pole vault as she cleared every height on her first attempt until failing to clear the final height. Her winning vault was 3.65 meters (11-11.75). Nicholson's throw of 49.42 meters (162-02) gave her the victory in a field of 51 competitors. Nicholson trailed Louisville's Catie Gilmore heading into the final round but she unleashed her best throw of the day on her final attempt to take the victory.
The 4x200 race was indoor All-American Erica Peake's debut in the outdoor season and she did not disappoint as she gave the Chants an early lead on the opening leg and CCU went on to win by nearly two seconds over a field featuring teams from Purdue and Ohio State. Peake team up with teammates Teka Simpson, Gabrielle Lee and Qwontajah Thompson to record a time of 1:36.37 just 25 one hundredths of a second off the meet record.
The 4x800 team of Shelby Nicosia, Jessica Gelibert, LaChelsie Thomas and Emily Marchini edged Purdue for second by just three one hundredths of a second. As Marchini used a strong anchor leg to pull the Purdue runner in and pass her at the finish line. CCU's time was 9:07.82 while Purdue finished the race with a time of 9:07.85.
Naules cleared the first two heights in the high jump on her first attempts but was unable to clear 1.60 meters which put her in third for the day with a jump of 1.55 meters (5-1.00) in the "B" flight of the high jump.
Keitt finished the 3000 meter steeplechase in a time of 9:25.15 just five seconds behind first-place finisher Mark Castelli of Army. Corcoran's throw of 68.17 meters (223-08) placed him second in the javelin while CCU alum Jason Flanagan won the event with a toss of 74.83 meters (245-06) which bested his meet record which he set last year. Entwistle placed fifth with a throw of 61.17 meters (200-08).
Sophomore Joseph Wilson was the lone Chant on both the men's and women's side to qualify for the 100 meter finals as he posted a 10.92 in the preliminaries to qualify seventh in a field of 115 competitors. He will race for the 100 meter crown tomorrow at 1 p.m.
The Chants have a full slate of events tomorrow with action getting underway at 9 a.m. at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach.