Chants Eye Four-peat at Big South Indoor Championships
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's indoor track and field team aims for its fourth consecutive conference title as the 2016 Big South Championships are held on Friday and Saturday at the Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va.
The Chanticleers are pursuing their ninth women's indoor conference title overall and are looking to four-peat for the second time in program history, joining the 2006-09 teams. Coastal and Liberty have won all of the 18 previous indoor championships and one of the two is almost certain to take home the title again this year.
Amongst the Big South season's event rankings, Coastal holds a total of 25 top-ten performances, including 16 in the top five and three No. 1 rankings. The Chanticleers return four 2015 individual champions including Amirah Al-Bayyinah, Takeyra Jenkins-Dodd, Teka Simpson and Aynslee van Graan.
The Chants own the conference's top two one-mile times with defending champion Aynslee van Graan and sister Kyla van Graan ranking first and second with teammate Lisha Van Onselen holding the sixth spot. Kyla van Graan also holds a No. 1 rank in the 3000 meter while Aynslee van Graan ranks fourth. Karissa Lunn and Teka Simpson rank in the top-five of the 60 meter dash, while Emma Kroger ranks fourth in the field on pole vault.
Coastal athletes rank top-ten in half of the field events, including defending triple jump champion Amirah Al-Bayyinah. Al-Bayyinah ranks first in the triple jump within the league while holding the 46th rank overall in D1 NCAA. Emma Kroger ranks fourth in the pole vault, Al-Bayyinah is third in the long jump and Teka Simpson stands fourth in the high jump.
Along with the trials in the hurdles and 60, 200, 400 and 800 meters, Friday's schedule on the track also includes the 3,000 meters and distance medley relay, while the pole vault, weight throw and long jump taking place in the field. The meet will wrap up with the 4x400 relay Saturday afternoon at approximately 5:00 p.m.