April 19, 2013
LYNCHBURG, Va. - The Coastal Carolina women's track and field team remained in second at the end of day two at the 2013 Big South Conference Championships while the men fell to fourth. The women trail leader Liberty by 48.75 points, 108-59.25 while the men sit behind Liberty, High Point and VMI. The CCU men have 43 points while Liberty has 84, High Point has 47 and VMI has 45.
The women's day was highlighted by freshman Teka Simpson capturing gold in the high jump while securing 10 points for the Chants. Simpson cleared 1.68 meters (5-6.00) while fellow freshman Raven Hamilton tied for second by clearing 1.63 meters (5-4.25). Hamilton's tied for second earned the Chants 5.75 points. Freshman Kelila Naules tied for seventh with a height of 1.58 meters while earning 1.50 points for the Chants.
The men's top performance came in the high jump as sophomore Reggie Nelson placed second with a season-best height of 2.09 meters (6-10.25) while earning eight points for CCU. Freshman Wesley Edwards placed fourth in the high jump with a leap of 2.04 meters (6-8.25) while picking up five points.
Senior Mary Lawerence picked up eight crucial points for the Chants while placing second in the pole vault. She cleared a height of 3.65 meters (11-11.75) which was the winning height but she cleared it on her second attempt while the victor cleared it in one attempt. Junior Shelby Nicosia also picked up eight points as she finished second in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Her time of 10:40.42 was the first sub-11 minute time by a CCU student-athlete this season in the event.
Sophomore Tiffani Kuhn and junior Anna Carnegie each earned one point with eighth-place finishes in the javelin and heptathlon, respectively. Kuhn had a distance of 34.03 meters (111-08) while Carnegie picked up 3,939 points.
Junior Cameron Griggs picked up a pair of points for the Chants in the shot put with a seventh-place finish. He had a distance of 14.97 meters (49-1.50). Sophomore Joseph Keitt also picked up two points in the 3000 meter steeplechase as he finished seventh with a time of 9:29.42.
The women advanced 18 runners into the finals on Saturday with top-eight finishes in the prelims on Friday. CCU's most dominate performance came in the 100 meter hurdles as CCU finished first through fourth. Junior Ashley Davis was the top qualifier with a time of 13.81 while her sister, sophomore Christina Davis, qualified second with a time of 13.90. Freshman Jessica Gelibert qualified third with a time of 13.89 while sophomore Camille Hurley finished fourth with a time of 13.95. All four will go for the crown on Saturday at 1:25 p.m.
Gelibert and C. Davis qualified first and second in the 400 meter hurdles with times of 1:00.22 and 1:02.79, respectively, and will go for the gold tomorrow at 2:50 p.m.
Junior Emily Marchini qualified first in both the 800 meters and 1500 meters. Her time in the 800 was 2:16.23 while her time in the 1500 was 4:47.11. Nicosia qualified second in the 1500 meters as well with a time of 4:50.79. Marchini will go for the conference crown in the 800 meters at 2:20 p.m. tomorrow while Marchini and Nicosia battle in the 1500 meters at 12:50 p.m.
Senior Erica Peake was the top qualifier in both the 100 and 200 meter races. She clocked a time of 11.30 in the 100 which would rank as the best in school history but it was wind aided. Her time of 23.09 in the 200 would also be a school record but once again it was wind aided. Sophomore Symphony Thompson placed fourth in the 100 with a time of 11.76 while sophomore Ruby Durham came in fifth with a time of 11.98. Peake, Thompson and Durham will compete in the 100 meter finals tomorrow at 2:05 p.m.
Simpson qualified fourth in the 200 meters with a time of 23.87 while sophomore Qwontajah Thompson placed fifth with a time of 24.08. Peake, Simpson and Q. Thompson will compete in the 200 meter finals at 3:20 p.m. tomorrow.
Q. Thompson was the top qualifier in the 400 meters with a time of 55.80. Hurley qualified second with a time of 56.37 while sophomore Sharmaine Barnes placed seventh with a time of 57.66. Q. Thompson, Hurley and Barnes will compete in the 400 finals at 1:50 p.m. tomorrow.
The men sent 14 student-athletes into the finals on Saturday. CCU sent three runners through in the 400 meters as sophomore DeAndra Lipscomb qualified second, freshman Corey Hackett-Greene third and freshman Deion Wellington sixth. Lipscomb had a time of 48.44 while Hackett-Greene registered a time of 48.51 and Wellington came across with a time of 48.65. The three will compete in the 400 finals at 1:55 p.m. tomorrow.
Freshman Matthew Lights qualified second in the 400 meter hurdles while junior Russel Kanner placed third and sophomore Carrington Fernandors came in seventh. Lights had a time of 54.29 while Kanner came across at 55.92 and Fernandors had a time of 56.37. The finals will be Saturday at 3:05 p.m.
Fernandors qualified fourth in the 110 meter hurdles while freshman Desmond Wallace came in seventh and Kanner came in eighth. Fernandors came in with a time of 14.56 while Wallace had a time of 14.83 and Kanner came across at 14.84. The three will compete tomorrow at 1:35 p.m.
Sophomore Joseph Wilson qualified second in the 100 meters with a time of 10.31 which would have bested the previous school record but it was wind aided. Junior Ronnie Jackson placed fifth with a time of 10.50. Both will go for the championship tomorrow at 2:10 p.m.
Lipscomb qualified seventh in the 200 meters with a time of 21.15 which would have been another school record but once again it was wind aided. Wilson placed eighth with a time of 21.25. They will compete in the finals at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow.
The final CCU qualifier was junior Ryan Beckley who placed seventh in the 800 meters with a time of 1:55.16. He will go for gold tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.
2013 Big South All-Conference Performers (Women)
Raven Hamilton - High Jump, second
Mary Lawrence - Pole Vault, second
Shelby Nicosia - 3000 Meter Steeplechase, second
Erica Peake - Long Jump, champion
Teka Simpson - High Jump, champion