Coastal Runners, Jumpers and Throwers Roll to Victory at Big South Triangular
HIGH POINT, N.C. - Coastal Carolina's track and field teams headed to High Point University's Vert Stadium on Friday, taking on conference rivals Liberty and High Point at the team-scored Big South Triangular.
With the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships less than a month away, the meet was a high-stakes affair with serious title implications for each of the three teams.
The Flames, Chanticleers and Panthers were all looking to build momentum heading into Big South Championships weekend, which is set for May 10 -- 12 in Lynchburg, Va. Coastal's men's team had a solid showing, finishing second with 118 points. CCU's women's team placed third with 101 points.
Liberty wrapped up the meet with first-place finishes both in the male and female categories, scoring 133 and 150 points, respectively. High Point's men's team finished third (115 points) and its female team placed second with 137 points.
Multiple Chanticleers turned in first-place finishes in their respective events. Ryan Minor picked up a big victory in the men's hammer, as he set a winning mark of 56.98m (186-11). Coastal also reigned supreme on the women's side of the hammer, with Samantha Layko earning a win and setting a new personal best with a throw of 53.72m (176-03).
Elsewhere in the field, Zach Bolton (16.09m, 52-09.50) notched a first-place finish in the men's shot put and Devontaye Edwards won the discus event with a mark of 52.22m (171-04). Brandon Richardson scored a win in the men's high jump, setting a mark of 1.96m (6-05.00).
Kelsey Briggs also won the women's long jump with a mark of 5.85m (19-02.50), which is a new personal best. Coastal had the top three finishers in the women's triple jump, with Kelila Naules (11.34m, 37-02.50) placing first, Courtney Lawson (11.06m, 36-03.50) taking second and Veneshia Holmes (11.05m, 36-03.00) finishing third.
Additionally, Kevondre' Hunt won the men's 100-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line at 14.41. In women's 100-meter hurdles action, Anacia Hines took first place with a time of 14.64. Teka Simpson also had a win in the women's 100-meter dash, finishing with a time of 11.97.
In the men's 200-meter dash, Jerome Coaxum Jr. finished first with a mark of 21.76. Coaxum's time was a new personal best. In other action, Coastal's team of Braylon Wilkerson, Malcolm Simmons, Deion Wellington and Nick Seabright won the men's 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:15.56.
The Chants return to action on April 22 at the Tom Jones Memorial in Gainesville, Fla.