Chants Rack Up Wins at UNF Spring Break Invitational and Raleigh Relays

Aynslee Van Graan set a new Coastal Carolina record in the women's 1500-meter race


Kahlim Denmark
March 25, 2016

UNF Spring Break Results
Raleigh Relays Results

Coastal’s track stars led the way during the first day of the UNF Spring Break Invitational at University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium, as well as at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C.

Several Chants finished in the top 10 in their respective competitions, and two Coastal athletes set new school records.

On Day One of the Raleigh Relays, Kyla van Graan scored a first-place finish in the women’s 5000-meter race. The redshirt junior crossed the finish line at 16:42.87, outpacing the competition by over 10 seconds.

Elsewhere at the meet, Aynslee van Graan finished fifth and set a new Coastal Carolina record in the women’s 1500-meter race with a mark of 4:22.11. In UNF Spring Break Invitational action, the Chants had three track athletes qualify for tomorrow’s finals in the 110-meter hurdles, as Desmond Wallace (14.35) placed third, Kevondre' Hunt (14.78) came in seventh and Dee Jennings took eighth after crossing the finish line in 14.94.

Coastal had two top-10 finishers in the men’s 400-meter dash, with Braylon Wilkerson placing second with a time of 47.98 and Deion Wellington (48.76) cruising in at eighth-place. The Chants also had a strong showing in the men’s 100-meter dash, as Kahlim Denmark finished seventh and set a new CCU school record with a time of 10.51.

In the women’s 800-meter run, Imani Boatwright placed eighth with a finish of 2:14.35. On the men’s side of the 800-meter run, Charles Bascom crossed the finish line at 1:55.29 to take sixth place.

Coastal freshman Rozelle Meier impressed in the women’s 400-meter hurdles, placing eighth with a time of 1:02.96. The Chants had three of the top-10 finishers on the men’s side of the 400-meter hurdles, as Jerome Coaxum Jr. (52.30) finished third, Tre Stanley (52.79) took fourth and Dee Jennings (55.24) placed seventh.

The Chants also dominated in the men’s 200-meter dash, with Denmark placing fifth with a finish of 21.21, and Therius Styles crossing the finish line at 21.49 to secure ninth-place. Coastal’s throwers were out in force, as Samantha Layko started the day with a third-place finish in the women’s hammer. The freshman set a mark of 52.10m (170-11).

On the men’s side of the hammer throw, three Chants finished in the top five, with Ryan Minor taking the top spot with a throw of 59.30m (194-07), Zach Bolton (49.10m, 161-01) placing third and Kieran Moore (48.27m, 158-04) coming in fifth. Elsewhere in the field, Cari Pallini finished seventh in the women’s discus with a throw of 39.89m (130-10).

Coastal had three top-10 finishers in the women’s pole vault, as Emma Kroger (3.65m, 11-11.75) tied for second, Brianna Cristiano (3.20m, 10-06.00) placed sixth and Alexis Zehner came in eighth with a launch of 3.05m (10-00.00). Additionally, Brandon Richardson placed third in the men’s high jump with a mark of 2.05m (6-08.75).

Coastal picked up more high honors in the men’s pole vault, with Brinson Corn (4.40m, 14-05.25) finishing second and Alex Botello (4.40m, 14-05.25) placing third. Also, Raven Hamilton placed sixth in the women’s high jump with a mark of 1.55m (5-01.00).

In the women's long jump, Teka Simpson finished third with a strong performance, jumping 5.75m (18-10.50).

Deandre Baker finished sixth in the men’s long jump with a mark of 7.02m (23-00.50). In other field action, Amirah Al-Bayyinah capped the afternoon with a fifth-place finish in the women’s triple jump. The senior had an impressive jump of 12.55m (41-02.25). On the men’s side of the triple jump, Derrick Kinloch, Jr. finished sixth with a mark of 13.89m (45-07.00).

The Chants are set to compete tomorrow in Day Two of the UNF Spring Break Invitational, with events set to begin at 9 a.m. After that, Coastal travels to High Point, N.C., next weekend for the VertKlasse Meeting. Action is set for April 1 and 2 at Vert Track, Soccer & Lacrosse Stadium at High Point University.

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