March 30, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Coastal Carolina men's and women's track and field teams combined to pick up nine first-place finishes at the University of North Florida Invitational. The men won three events while the women had six victories. The teams also set top season marks in 14 different events while earning 30 top-five finishes.
The women were led by senior Erica Peake who won both the 100 and 200 meter races as well as running the lead-off leg for both the 4x100 and 4x400 winning relay teams. The men were paced by sophomore Reggie Nelson and junior Cameron Griggs who placed first in the high jump and shot put, respectively.
Peake won the 100 meter race with a season-best time of 11.58. Sophomore Symphony Thompson also bested the previous season low while placing third and posting a time of 11.90. Peake was just .08 of a second away from breaking the school-record in the 200 meter race with a time of 23.35. Qwontajah Thompson finished third in the 200 with a time of 24.66.
Peake ran the lead leg of the 4x100 while the team finished first and posted a Big South season-best time of 45.24. Peake was joined by Darriale Henley, Teka Simpson and Q. Thompson. Peake also ran the lead leg in the 4x400 with the team placing first with a time of 3:42.10. Q. Thompson, Camille Hurley and Jessica Gelibert joined Peake on the squad.
Simpson picked up a pair of victories in the high jump and the long jump. She hit a Big South season-high 1.70 meters in the high jump while jumping for a distance of 5.40 meters in the long jump. Freshman Raven Hamilton placed third in the high jump with a leap of 1.55 meters.
Hurley placed second in the 400 meter race with a time of 56.53 while Gelibert placed second in the 100 hurdles and improved her Big South leading time with a season-best time of 13.92. Senior Mary Lawrence finished third in the pole vault with a height of 3.55 meters while freshman Amirah Al-Bayinnah placed third in the triple jump with a season-best jump of 12.00 meters. Freshman Kelila Naules also bested the previous best jump in the triple jump with a distance of 11.63 meters while placing fifth.
Gelibert also finished fourth in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:00.21. Senior Anjulia Nicholson placed fifth in the discus with a throw of 44.74 meters while sophomore Tiffani Kuhn finished fifth in the javelin with a toss of 34.85 meters.
The women's 4x800 meter relay team competed at the Raleigh Relays while setting a new season-best time of 9:11.68 and placing fourth.
Reggie Nelson and freshman Wesley Edwards tied in height in the high jump with season-best leaps of 2.05 meters but Nelson made the jump in fewer attempts to place first while Edwards finished second. Cameron Griggs made throw of 15.80 meters to win the shot put competition.
Junior Russel Kanner placed second in the 400 hurdles with a time of 53.57 while freshman Jordan Entwistle placed second in the javelin with a toss of 58.99 meters. Junior Jackson Corcoran finished fourth in the event with a throw of 56.81 meters. Sophomore DeAndra Lipscomb came in third in the 400 meters with a season best time of 48.30.
Freshman Jordan Roach finished third in the discus with a throw of 48.24 meters while Griggs placed fifth with a throw of 46.47 meters. Freshman Desmond Wallace set a season-best time in the 110 meter hurdles and placed fourth with a time of 14.29.
Griggs also had a top-fove finish in the hammer throw with a toss of 50.41 meters while finishing fifth. Freshman Brinson Corn set a season-best height in the pole vault with a leap of 4.35 meters while placing seventh.
The Chants will return to action April 5-6 at the Auburn Tiger Track Classic.