Jan. 31, 2014
CLEMSON - Former Coastal Carolina University standout Amber Campbell took home first place in the weight throw competition on Friday's first day of the Bob Pollock Invitational at Clemson.
Competing in the meet unattached, Campbell easily outdistanced the primarily collegiate field, recording a mark of 22.58 meters with her final throw to win by more than three meters.
Amirah Al-Bayyinah led the current Chanticleers on the opening day of the meet with her fifth top-five finish of the season and third in the long jump. She set a new personal best in the event and placed fifth with a leap of 5.71 meters.
Ruby Durham and Kelila Naules each notched sixth-place finishes in unseeded sprint events. Durham had the second-fastest 60-meter preliminary time (7.75) before finishing the final in 7.91. Naules, meanwhile, competed in an indoor 200 event for the first time as a Chant and clocked 26.42.
Also for the Coastal women, Emma Kroger cleared a season-best 3.40 meters to finish seventh in the pole vault, Imani Boatwright placed eighth in the unseeded 800 meters with a time of 2:21.15 and Kristen Sansbury took 10th in the weight throw with a mark of 16.54 meters. Competing in the pentathlon, Anna Carnegie had a top finish of fourth in the 800 meters in 2:46.55.
The Coastal men's team had strong performances Friday in the unseeded 400 meters and 60-meter dash. Chanticleers claimed the second and third spots in the 400 as Steve Carr was runner-up in a time of 50.55, followed by teammate Stevie Brunson with a 50.71. In the 60, Ronnie Jackson finished second with a time of 6.93.
Also for the men, Ishmael Kamara took seventh in the long jump (7.06m), Ryan Minor was 10th in the weight throw (15.40m) and Brinson Corn placed 10th in the pole vault (4.20m). Nick Seabright competed in the heptathlon and had a best finish of fourth in the long jump (6.39m).
The meet resumes on Saturday with action beginning at 10 a.m. and concludes with the men's 4x400 relay at 3:30 p.m.