Coastal In Good Position After Day One of Big South Championships
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Coastal Carolina's men's and women's track teams are in good position after day one of the Big South Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Liberty University's Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex in Lynchburg, Va.
CCU's men are tied with Campbell for second place with 23 points, just four points behind Liberty. Coastal's women are in third place with 28 points, trailing Liberty by 20. High Point is in fourth place on the men's side with 14 points, and in second (26 points) in women's action.
Coastal's day was highlighted by Ryan Minor, who reigned supreme in the men's hammer with a mark of 60.70m (199-2). With the win, Minor became Coastal's first Big South men's hammer champion since Nick Kenworthy in 2003.
Coastal had two top finishers in the women's long jump, with Teka Simpson (6.04m, 19-9.75) setting a new personal best and becoming the All-Conference runner-up, and Kelsey Briggs placing fifth with a mark of 5.64m (18-6).
Simpson also had a strong showing in the prelims of the women's 200m, crossing the finish line with a season-best mark of 24.59 to take third place. Coastal's Karissa Lunn (24.73) finished fifth. Both qualified for the finals of the event.
The afternoon opened with the women's discus, as Cari Pallini (41.14m, 135-0) and Samantha Layko (37.45m, 122-10) both finished in the top eight to qualify for the finals. Pallini placed sixth and Layko finished just behind her in the No. 7 spot.
Nick Seabright got off to a fast start in the decathlon, racking up 771 points with a first-place finish after crossing the finish line at 11.41 in the 100m.
After two decathlon events, the Coastal junior held a slim lead for the top overall spot, even after a second-place finish (6.52m, 21-4.75) in the long jump. Seabright tallied 534 more points with an impressive showing in the shot put portion of the decathlon, placing third with a mark of 10.81m (35-5.75).
His 1.80m (5-10.75) mark in the high jump was good for fifth place, and he crossed the finish line at 52.65 to take second-place in the decathlon 400m. After the opening day of competition, Seabright (3,331 points) is in second place overall in the decathlon, 116 points behind Liberty's Zach Davis.
In the women's 400m hurdles, Rozelle Meier (1:02.06) advanced to the finals with a second-place showing. Coastal had three top finishers on the men's side of the 400m hurdles preliminary round, with Tre Stanley (53.25) finishing second, Jerome Coaxum Jr. (54.02) taking third and Dee Jennings (54.74) placing fourth. All three advanced to the finals.
In field action, Chloe White finished second in the women's javelin with a mark of 44.03m (144-5), to earn All-Conference. In the prelims of the women's 1500m, Lisha Van Onselen (4:48.42) had a season-best mark and placed eighth and Aynslee van Graan (4:48.90) came in ninth. Both qualfied for the finals.
Elsewhere, Brandon Johnson, Deandre Baker and Marquez Moore each placed in the top eight in the men's long jump. Johnson came in sixth with a mark of 7.20m (23-7.50), Baker finished seventh 7.20m (23-7.50) and Moore was right behind in the No. 8 spot with a mark of 7.17m (23-6.25). Baker and Moore set new personal records in the event.
Jackie Brengel closed out the evening with a sixth-place finish in the women's 10,000m, crossing the finish line at 38:41.44, good for a new personal best mark. Rachel Byrd (39:21.24) placed ninth in the event.
The Chants are set to compete tomorrow in day two of the Big South Championships, with events slated to begin at 9 a.m. See HERE for the complete schedule of events on tap for May 11.