Feb. 27, 2014
CONWAY - After setting eight school records and four Big South Conference marks in just three full-squad meets, Coastal Carolina University's women's track & field athletes look to finish off their indoor season as a team by winning a second straight conference title when they compete in the Big South Championships Friday and Saturday on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.
The Chanticleers are looking for their seventh conference indoor title overall and will have 34 athletes competing in the two-day meet, which begins Friday at 10:30 a.m. and concludes with the final scheduled event - the 1,600 relay - beginning at 4:40 p.m. on Saturday.
Heading into the meet, Coastal leads the way in the conference's season performance rankings with 252 points. Liberty is a close second with 240 and Charleston Southern a distant third with 100. The Chanticleers have a total of 41 top-10 conference rankings in the 17 events, including 15 top-three spots and eight No. 1 rankings.
CCU owns the top three rankings in both 200 meters (Christal Green, Teka Simpson and Leah Fair) and 400 meters (Christal Green, Jessica Gelibert, Camille Hurley). Green is the Big South record holder in the 400. Aynslee van Graan is the leader in the mile run, while Kyla van Graan is ranked first in the 5,000 meters. Amirah Al-Bayyinah is the conference leader in the both the long jump and triple jump, and Coastal owns the conference record in the 4x400 relay and this season's top time in the distance medley relay.
Gelibert is also ranked second in the 60 hurdles, while Kyla van Graan and Letitia Saayman stand third in the 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters, respectively. The Chanticleers have five of the top eight spots in the 400 meters, four of the top five times in the 200 and four of the top eight in both the 3,000 and 60 meters.
The first day's events include the 3,000 meters, long jump, pole vault, weight throw and distance medley relay, along with preliminaries for the 60, 200, 400 and 800 meters and 60-meter hurdles.