Dec. 1, 2012
CLEMSON, S.C. - Senior Erica Peake and freshman Jessica Gelibert each turned in first-place finishes as the Coastal Carolina women's indoor track & field team opened its season Saturday afternoon at the Orange & Purple Winter Classic at Clemson University.
Peake, the Big South Conference's Track Athlete of the Year for last year's outdoor season, opened the 2012-13 indoor campaign by dominating the 60-meter dash. She notched a personal-best time of 7.52 to win by .07 seconds over Georgia Southern's Ebony Carter.
Gelibert, the New Balance High School national champion in the 400 hurdles, excelled in her debut as a Chanticleer Saturday, taking first place in the 500 meters in a time of 1:15.62. Georgia Southern's Talia Colbert was second in 1:16.30.
Fellow freshman Teka Simpson was runner-up in the high jump to lead a strong Coastal performance in the event. Simpson cleared a height of 1.65 meters (5-05.00) to finish ahead of a five-way tie for third that included fellow freshmen Kelila Naules and Raven Hamilton. Naules and Hamilton each cleared 1.55 meters (5-01.00).
Also notching a second-place finish was the 4x400 relay team of Peake, Simpson, Qwontajah Thompson and Gelibert, who recorded a time of 3:49.10 to trail only Clemson's top squad.
Peake added a third-place finish in the 300 meters with a time of 38.89, while fellow senior Mary Lawrence took fourth in the pole vault, clearing 3.35 meters (10-11.75).
Three Coastal athletes placed in the top eight in the 60-meter hurdles, as Gelibert led the way in 8.63 to finish sixth. Junior Ashley Davis was just behind in seventh with a time of 8.79 and sophomore Camille Hurley finished eighth in 9.19.
Sophomore Ruby Durham placed sixth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.76. Durham set a new personal-best in the event of 7.74 during the preliminary heat.
Junior Anna Carnegie and freshman Vanita Pulliam each competed in the pentathlon, with Carnegie notching a third-place finish in the 800 meters in a time of 2:36.31 and Pulliam placing fifth in the shot put with a throw of 9.25 meters (30-04.25).
The Chanticleers return to action Jan. 18 at the Virginia Tech Invitational in Blacksburg, Va.