Men in Second, Women Third at Big South Championships
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Coastal Carolina's men's and women's track teams climbed toward the top of the leaderboard on the second day of competition of the Big South Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Liberty University's Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex in Lynchburg, Va.
With 6-of-21 events scored, CCU's men are in second place with 35 points, trailing Liberty by 41. Coastal's women are in third place with 51 points after nine events scored. Liberty leads with 112.5 points. High Point is in fifth place on the men's side with 28 points, and in second place with 73.5 points in women's action.
Coastal's day was highlighted by a first-place finish in the women's high jump from Teka Simpson, who edged the competition with a mark of 1.73m (5-8). Simpson's jump was a new personal best and tied her for second in CCU school annals.
The senior also picked up a win in the prelims of the 100m, crossing the finish line at 11.67. She advanced to the 100m finals along with Karissa Lunn, who placed fourth with a time of 11.85. Simpson and Lunn both set new personal best marks in the 100m. Kelila Naules also advanced to the 100m finals, as she finished sixth in the prelims with a time of 12.12.
CCU picked up another victory in the prelims of the men's 400m, as Deion Wellington advanced to the finals with a winning time of 48.27. Braylon Wilkerson (48.82) also qualified for the 400m finals with a third-place finish in the prelims.
In the decathlon, Nick Seabright headed into day two trailing Liberty's Zach Davis by 116 points. The Coastal junior inched closer to the top of the leaderboard with a second-place finish in the decathlon 110m hurdles, crossing the finish line at 15.99.
Seabright continued to build momentum with a third-place finish in the discus portion of the 10-event competition, setting a mark of 32.58m (106-11). In the pole vault, the eighth decathlon event, he finished third with a launch of 3.95m (12-11.50).
Seabright (59.25m, 194-4) had a first-place finish in the javelin and took fifth place (5:36.71) in the 1500m, to wrap the decathlon with 6,277 points and second place overall. His top three finish earned him an All-Conference nod.
In other field action, Samantha Layko (55.29m, 181-4) finished third in the finals of the women's hammer, and Emma Kroger (3.95m, 12-11.5) had a third-place finish in the women's pole vault. Layko and Kroger both set new personal bests and earned All-Conference for placing in the top three.
The day's track events opened with Anacia Hines (14.34) placing third in the women's 100m hurdles, to qualify for the finals. Additionally, Kahlim Denmark (10.53) and Therius Styles (10.62) both advanced to the finals of the men's 100m, finishing third and sixth, respectively.
In the women's 800m, Aynslee van Graan finished strong, placing second with a time of 2:11.51, a new personal best. Charles Bascom advanced to the finals of the men's 800m, after finishing eighth in the prelims with a time of 1:55.09.
Wrapping up the afternoon, Alesia Muklebust (11:38.17) finished eighth in the finals of the women's 3000m steeplechase and Zach Hensel placed eighth in the men's side of the event, crossing the finish line at 10:05.65.
The Chants are set to compete tomorrow in day three of the Big South Championships, with events slated to begin at 11 a.m. See HERE for the complete list of events on tap for the final day of the conference championships.