Feb. 12, 2014
CHARLOTTTE, N.C. - For her performance at last weekend's Armory Collegiate Invitational, Coastal Carolina University's Jessica Gelibert was named the Big South Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, the league announced on Wednesday.
Competing at one of the nation's largest collegiate indoor meets in New York City, Gelibert notched two personal-bests, helped lower two school records and one Big South mark and had one third-place finish.
Gelibert clocked her two best career times in the 60-meter hurdles, running an 8.47 in her preliminary heat and then bettering it with an 8.34 in the semifinals. The time was just .01 second off the CCU and Big South record held by LeAuna Sistruck and .29 seconds faster than her previous best. She qualified for the event's final in fourth position, but did not run because she also was competing in the 500 meters, which also held Friday evening.
In the 500, the sophomore from Bayshore, N.Y., broke her own school mark with a time of 1:12.66, trimming just under two seconds off her top time from last season. Gelibert took third place in the event, finishing just ahead of runners from Kansas and Mississippi State and behind only another athlete from Kansas and one from Hampton. She trailed the latter by just .6 seconds for second place.
Gelibert capped her weekend by teaming with Camille Hurley, Leah Fair and Christal Green to break the Big South record in the 4x400 relay for the second time this season. Gelibert ran a leadoff leg of 55.10 to get the quartet on its way to an overall time of 3:42.44. The team finished third in the event, just .18 behind first-place Ohio State. The time was more than two seconds quicker than the record-setting time clocked by the Chanticleers last month.
The Big South weekly honor is Gelibert's first for indoor competition and third overall of her career. She was also named the conference's Freshman of the Year in both indoor and outdoor last year.