March 29, 2014
ROCK HILL - Junior transfer Alexander Hass of the Coastal Carolina track & field team broke the Coastal Carolina record in the 400 meters by one hundredth of a second with a winning time of 47.55 on the final day of the Winthrop Invitational. The record had stood for 10 years prior to Hass breaking it. The previous record was held by Jacob Simatwa who posted a time of 47.56 back in 2004.
The men won four events on the day led by Hass’ school record breaking performance while the women took home three titles. The women were led by sophomore Jessica Gelibert who won the 400 meters with a time of 56.50. The women also took home the crown in the 200 meters as Christal Green finished first with a time of 24.80. Leah Fair came in two spots back in third with a time of 25.37.
The men took home the 400 meters as well as the triple jump which was won by JaDarrell Barnette who posted a distance of 14.84m (48-08.25). Ishmael Kamara came in seventh in the event with a jump of 13.51m (44-04.00). The men also won the high jump as Reggie Nelson bested the competition by tying his season best height of 2.10m (6-10.75).
The men also posted four second place finishes while the women had one. The men finished second in the 400 meters as well as the 1500 meters as Cameron Wells posted a season best time of 4:04.71. Jake Riff also finished sixth in the event with a time of 4:09.76.
The men also finished second in the javelin as Chris Tillotson unleashed a throw of 53.67m (176-01).
Ronnie Jackson finished fourth in the 100 meters with a time of 11.15 while Otessa Velasquez and Tiffani Kuhn finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the women’s javelin. Velasquez had a throw of 36.72m (120-06) while Kuhn’s javelin stuck at 36.04m (118-03).
LaChelsie Thomas finished fifth in the women’s 800 meters with a time of 2:19.87 while Cari Pallini and Naomi Atkins finished fifth and ninth, respectively, in the discus. Pallini had a throw of 38.66m (126-10) while Atkins’ toss registered in at 34.74m (114-00).
The final two top ten finishers for the Chants were Ryan Beckley in the 800 meters and Cameron Griggs in the discus. Beckley finished ninth in the 800 with a time of 1:57.24 while Griggs turned in a season best distance of 44.84m (147-01) which placed him 10th.
The Chanticleers will be back in action this Friday and Saturday as they travel to Auburn, Ala. for the Tiger Track Classic.