April 19, 2014
ROCK HILL - The weather played a major role Saturday at the 2014 Big South Conference Track & Field Championships. With temperatures hovering in the 50s and rain pouring down the entire day the student-athletes battled to complete their championship. Despite having to move one women's event and two men's events to Monday, the Coastal Carolina men's and women's track & field teams have clinched their finishes. The women have clinched the 2014 Outdoor Track & Field Big South Conference Championship, which gives the program the "Triple Crown" for the 2013-14 season. The "Triple Crown" represents a championship in cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field.
The men currently sit in second behind Liberty and will be unable to catch the Flames on Monday. The men trailed Liberty by 70 points entering Saturday's events. Coastal cut the deficit to 46 points and could shrink that number on Monday.
Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Alan Connie and Men's Head Cross Country/Track & Field Coach Jeff Jacobs both expressed how proud they were of their student-athletes on Saturday. They mentioned that all the Chanticleers battled through the tough conditions and would not give up the entire day despite the multiple delays and terrible weather conditions.
The men won three events on Saturday while the women took home three events as well.
Alexander Hass, Stevie Brunson, Steve Carr and DeAndra Lipscomb combined to earn the most points in one event by any group of Chanticleers on Saturday. The quartet earned 28 points in the 400m. Hass led the way with a win in the event in 48.73, Brunson finished second at 49.38 and Carr came in third at 49.54 to sweep the podium. Lipscomb added to the point total with a fifth place finish at 49.89.
A trio of male jumpers earned the Chanticleers 24 points as Ishmael Kamara won the triple jump followed by Derrick Kinloch, Jr. and JaDarrell Barnette to sweep the podium. Kamara won with a leap of 14.49m (47-06.50), Kinloch, Jr. made a jump of 14.26m (46-09.50) and Barnette came up with a total of 14.09m (46-02.75).
Ashley Davis, Jessica Gelibert, Christina Davis and Camille Hurley combined to earn 20 points for the women's team in the 100m hurdles. Davis and Gelibert finished second and third. A. Davis finished with a time of 13.99 while Gelibert crossed the line in 14.00. C. Davis and Hurley finished fifth and seventh, respectively. C. Davis came in at 14.33 while Hurley posted a time of 14.49.
Kevondre' Hunt led a trio in the 110m hurdles which earned CCU's men 18 points. Hunt finished second in the event in 14.50. Carrington Fernandors came in third in 14.55 and Russel Kanner placed fifth in 14.96.
The three combined in the 400m hurdles to earn 18 points as well. Kanner finished second in the event at 54.18. Hunt placed third in 54.39 while Fernandors crossed the line fifth at 55.22.
Jessica Gelibert picked up a win in the 400m hurdles while leading a trio of women to 17 points. Gelibert crossed the line in 1:00.04 while Kaila Smith came in fourth at 1:02.18. The final women's finisher in the 400m hurdles was C. Davis who placed seventh with a time of 1:04.57.
Christal Green won the 400m in 55.48 and led the Chants to 15 points in the event. Hurley picked up four points with a fifth-place finish in 57.43 and Sharmaine Barnes earned one point with an eighth place finish in 59.15.
Four women finished third, fifth, sixth and seventh in the 100m to earn 15 more points for the Chants. Symphony Thompson came in third at 12.07, Kelila Naules came in fifth at 12.15, Teka Simpson placed sixth in 12.28 and Ruby Durham came in seventh at 12.36.
Simpson and Thompson placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 200m to earn 11 more points Simpson clocked in at 24.72 while Thompson crossed the line in 24.75.
The women's 4x100 relay team earned 10 points with a first place finish. Durham, Naules, Simpson and Thompson combined to cross the line in 45.32.
The men's 4x100 relay team also earned 10 points with a first place finish. Lipscomb, Hass, Ronnie Jackson and Brunson teamed up to finish in 41.10.
Hass and Lipscomb teamed up to earn 10 points in the 200m as well. Hass finished third with a time of 21.56 while Lipscomb placed fifth in 22.40.
The men picked up eight more points in the 4x400 relay as the Chants came in second with a time of 3:16.94. Carr, Corey Hackett-Greene, Deion Wellington and Brunson represented the Chants in the 4x400 relay.
The women earned eight points in the discus as Naomi Atkins and Cari Pallini finished fourth and sixth, respectively. Atkins had a distance of 39.13m (128-04) while Pallini made a throw of 38.77m (127-02).
Letitia Saayman picked up eight points in the 5000m as she finished second in the event with a time of 17:16.02. Marchini earned six points in the 800m with a third place finish in 2:18.55. Six more points came in the 4x400 relay as Smith, Leah Fair, Barnes and Imani Boatwright finished third with a time of 3:47.30.
The final Chanticleer points on the men's side came in the 1500m. Joseph Keitt and Cameron Wells combined for five points. Keitt finished sixth with a time of 4:00.87 while Wells came in seventh in 4:00.89.
With one women's event remaining the Chants now have 216 points and lead second place Liberty by 44 points. Campbell sits in third with 85 points. Liberty leads the men's side with 204 points. Coastal sits in second with 158 points and High Point is third with 118 points.
The women are finished competing and will claim their 2014 Big South Conference Championship on Monday while the men have four more competitors who will try and close the gap with Liberty on Monday.
2014 Big South All-Conference Performers (Women)
Sharmaine Barnes - 4x400mR, third
Imani Boatwright - 4x400mR, third
Ashley Davis - 100mH, second
Ruby Durham - 4x100mR, champion
Leah Fair - 4x400mR, third
Jessica Gelibert - 400mH, champion; 100mH, third
Christal Green - 400m, champion
Jalacy Green - shot put, second
Tiffani Kuhn - javelin, third
Emily Marchini - 800m, third; 1500m, third
Kelila Naules - 4x100mR, champion
Shelby Nicosia - 3,000m Steeplechase, champion
Letitia Saayman - 10,000m, champion; 5,000m, second
Teka Simpson - Long Jump, champion; 4x100mR, champion; high jump, second; 200m, third
Kaila Smith - 4x400mR, third
Symphony Thompson - 4x100mR, champion; 100m, third
Otessa Velasquez - javelin, second
2014 Big South All-Conference Performers (Men)
JaDarrell Barnette - triple jump, third
Stevie Brunson - 4x100mR, champion; 400m, second; 4x400mR, second
Steve Carr - 4x400mR, second; 400m, third
Jackson Corcoran - javelin, champion
Carrington Fernandors - 100mH, third
Corey Hackett-Greene - 4x400mR, second
Alexander Hass - 400m, champion; 4x100mR, champion; 200m, third
Kevondre' Hunt - 100mH, second; 400mH, third
Ronnie Jackson - 4x100mR. champion
Ishmael Kamara - triple jump, champion
Russel Kanner - 400mH, second
Derrick Kinloch, Jr. - triple jump, second
DeAndra Lipscomb - 4x100mR, champion
Reggie Nelson - Long Jump, third
Deion Wellington - 4x400mR, second