April 18, 2014
ROCK HILL - The Coastal Carolina track & field team continued its strong showing at the 2014 Big South Conference Championships hosted by Winthrop University. The women maintained their first place ranking after the second day of action while the men climbed into third place behind Liberty and High Point.
The women had 20 student-athletes qualify for event finals, which will be held on Saturday, while the men sent 14 student-athletes to finals after qualifying races on Friday.
Shelby Nicosia became Coastal Carolina’s third women’s team member to earn an individual championship this weekend. Nicosia won the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 10:43.22 which gave Coastal 10 more points towards the overall team standings.
Jackson Corcoran became the men’s team’s first individual champion as he won the javelin with a throw of 63.26m (207-06). The throw picked up 10 valuable points for the men’s team.
The women picked up 14 points in the javelin as senior Otessa Velasquez and junior Tiffani Kuhn finished second and third, respectively. Velasquez registered a distance of 39.74m (130-04) while Kuhn made a throw of 38.85m (127-05).
The CCU women’s team picked up nine more points in the shot put as Jalacy Green finished second and Krissy Sansbury finished eighth. Green made a toss of 13.08m (42-11.00) while Sansbury came in at 12.62m (41-05.00).
Teka Simpson and Kelila Naules helped the Chants earn nine points in the high jump as Simpson finished second and Naules tied for seventh. The second place finish for Simpson makes her CCU’s first two-event All-Conference performer in 2014. Simpson made a jump of 1.65m (5-05.00) while Naules came in at 1.55m (5-01.00).
Six more points for the women came in the heptathlon. Senior Anna Carnegie came in fourth with 4,212 points while freshman Olivia Coopwood came in eighth. Carnegie who entered the day in fourth placed second in the long jump, fifth in the javelin and sixth in the 800m. Coopwood who entered the day in sixth finished seventh in the long jump, 10th in the javelin and eighth in the 800m.
The men earned three points in the decathlon as freshman Nick Seabright came in sixth. Seabright entered the day in sixth and went on to finish fifth in the 110m hurdles, fifth in the discus, second in the pole vault, second in the javelin and 11th in the 1500m.
Two more points came for the men in the 3000m steeplechase as junior Joseph Keitt came in seventh with a time of 9:29.41. The final point of the day came in the shot put as Cameron Griggs finished eighth. Griggs had a toss of 14.57m (47-09.75).
The women now have 80 points and lead second place Liberty by 10 points. High Point sits in third with 44 points. Liberty leads the men’s side with 103 points. High Point sits second with 42 points and Coastal Carolina is third with 33 points.
The Chants will return to action tomorrow, April 19, as they close out the 2014 Big South Conference Championships.
2014 Big South All-Conference Performers (Women)
Jalacy Green – shot put, 2nd
Tiffani Kuhn – javelin, 3rd
Shelby Nicosia – 3,000m Steeplechase, champion
Letitia Saayman – 10,000m, champion
Teka Simpson – Long Jump, champion, high jump, 2nd
Otessa Velasquez – javelin, 2nd