Chants Win Big at Georgia Invitational
ATHENS, Ga. - Coastal Carolina's men's and women's track teams continued to build momentum toward the Big South Outdoor Championships, as they wrapped the regular season with an impressive showing Saturday afternoon at the Georgia Invitational in Athens, Ga.
Derrick Kinloch reigned supreme in the men's triple jump, winning the event with a mark of 14.10m (46-03.25). Jerome Coaxum Jr., Deion Wellington, Tre Stanley and Braylon Wilkerson scored another win for the Chants, as the team finished first in the men's 4x400 with a time of 3:11.79.
On the men's side of the hammer, Coastal's Zach Bolton came in fifth and set a new personal best mark with a throw of 50.79m (166-08). Kieran Moore (43.01m, 141-01) finished seventh in the event. As for Bolton, he also finished tenth and set a new CCU school record in the men's shot put, with a throw of 16.74m (54-11.25).
Coastal had three top-10 finishers in the men's long jump, with Marquez Moore (7.04m, 23-01.25) placing fifth, Deandre Baker (6.89m, 22-07.25) right behind in the No. 6 spot and Brandon Johnson (6.70m, 21-11.75) finishing seventh.
Elsewhere in the field, Samantha Layko finished eighth in the women's hammer, setting a mark of 53.95m (177-00), a new personal best.
Additionally, Emma Kroger had a mark of 3.73m (12-02.75), which was good for seventh-place in the women's pole vault.
In other field action, Kelsey Briggs (5.78m, 18-11.75) finished ninth in the women's long jump, Cari Pallini (39.14m, 128-05) was eighth in the women's discus and Teka Simpson (1.60m, 5-03.00) placed sixth and set a new season best mark in the women's high jump.
Coastal had three top-10 finishers in the women's triple jump, as Amirah Al-Bayyinah (12.02m, 39-05.25) placed sixth, Veneshia Holmes (11.05m, 36-03.00) came in ninth and Courtney Lawson (11.03m, 36-02.25) took 10th.
In track events, Karissa Lunn (11.99) placed fifth in the women's 100m, Imani Boatwright (2:15.01) had a fourth-place finish in the women's 800m, Rozelle Meier (1:02.98) came in sixth in the women's 400m hurdles and Jonnay Anthony (1:01.92) finished tenth in the women's 400m.
The Chants had three top-10 finishers in the women's 200m, as Lunn (24.51) placed third, Simpson (24.72) finished fifth and Anthony (25.42) came in tenth. Lunn's mark in the event was a new personal best, and Simpson's was a season best.
On the men's side of the 200m, Kahlim Denmark (21.27) finished eighth and Therius Styles (21.31) placed tenth.
Styles' mark was a new personal best and he now ranks No. 5 all-time in the event for CCU. In the men's 110m hurdles, Dee Jennings finished fifth, crossing the finish line at 14.73.
Jennings also had an impressive performance in the men's 400m, finishing fourth with a time of 54.80.
In the women's 1500m, Kayla Tracy (4:51.48) and Jackie Brengel (4:51.48) both set new personal-best times.
The Chants are back in action May 10-12 at the Big South Outdoor Championships in Lynchburg, Va.