April 18, 2013
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Both the Coastal Carolina men's and women's track & field teams sit in second at the end of day one at the 2013 Big South Conference Championships. The men trail leader Liberty by 24 points while the women trail the Flames by nine points. Senior Erica Peake defended her 2012 title in the women's long jump while freshman Jordan Entwistle kept the men's javelin title at CCU after 2012 champion Jason Flanagan (2009-12) exhausted his eligibility at the end of last season.
The men currently have 26 points. Liberty leads with 50 points while Charleston Southern sits in third with 23. The women have 24 points while the leader Liberty has 33 points. Currently tied for third on the women's side are Winthrop and High Point with 11 points each.
Peake led the way in the women's best event on day one as the team picked up 19 points in the long jump. Peake won the event on her first jump as she opened the competition with a distance of 5.89 meters (19-4.00). She either fouled or passed on all her other jumps but her first ranks as the top jump by a CCU student-athlete this season. Freshman Teka Simpson finished fourth in the event with a jump of 5.53 meters (18-1.75) which was also her first attempt. The final scoring Chanticleer was freshman Amirah Al-Bayyinah who placed fifth with a distance of 5.52 meters (18-1.50). Peake gained 10 points, Simpson earned five and Al-Bayyinah received four.
The men's top event was the javelin as the Chanticleers earned 20 of their 26 points. Entwistle won the competition with a toss of 62.89 meters (206-04). Junior Jackson Corcoran placed third with a distance of 61.67 meters (202-04) while junior Chris Tillotson came in fifth with a throw of 61.27 meters (201-00). Entwistle picked up 10 points, Corcoran received six and Tillotson earned four.
The women picked up four points in the 10,000 meters as sophomore Letitia Saayman placed fifth with a time of 37.18.27 which was her best time this season. The men earned four points in the hammer throw as junior Cameron Griggs came in fifth with a throw of 54.72 meters (179-06).
The men's final two points came in the long jump as sophomore Reggie Nelson came in seventh with a leap of 6.90 meters (22-7.75). The women's final point came in the hammer throw as senior Anjulia Nicholson came in eighth with a distance of 48.90 meters (160-05).
Junior Anna Carnegie sits in sixth in the women's heptathlon after four events. She won the 200 meters with a time of 25.32 while finishing fifth in the high jump, seventh in the shot put and eighth in the 100 meter hurdles.
The Chants will return to action tomorrow, April 19, as they continue to battle for the Big South Conference crown.