Coastal to Host Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational XX

Amber Campbell will begin road to 2016 Rio Games on Friday


Amber Campbell
March 16, 2016

CONWAY - Coastal Carolina University Track & Field along with the City of Myrtle Beach and Coach O Meet Management are ready to host the 20th Annual Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational. The event, which takes place Thurs., March 17 through Sat., March 19, will be held at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.

Daily Admission is just $6 for Adults. Students with a valid ID are free, as is all the action on Thursday. For the full schedule of events, SEE HERE.

The meet is named after retired women's track & field/cross country coach Alan Connie, who is a member of the CCU Athletics Hall of Fame. Connie, who won 28 Big South Championships during his 28-year career at Coastal, has been anointed Head Coach Emeritus by the Board of Trustees.

The meet includes over 1,300 athletes representing 38 collegiate teams and clubs from around the country including Tennessee, South Carolina, Clemson, Purdue, North Dakota, and Albany. CCU alum Amber Campbell will be making her 2016 outdoor debut in the hammer throw, beginning her quest to represent Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Campbell has qualified for two Olympic teams and was the 2012 Olympic Trials Champion. The Amber Campbell invitational Hammer Throw is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. World 400mIH Champion Bershawn Jackson is also scheduled to compete in the Seeded 800m at 1:50 p.m. Saturday and the 4x400m relay at 5:30 p.m.

Top Chanticleer athletes competing include Desmond Wallace, the school record holder and reigning Big South Champion at 110mHH. The high hurdle prelims are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday and the finals are set to go off at 12:10 p.m. Saturday.

Ryan Minor, an all-conference finisher in the hammer throw in 2015, has won both the Battle of the Beaches and the Coach O CCU Invitational hammer throw events this season. He is scheduled to compete in the hammer throw at 11 a.m. Thursday. Therius Styles won the 100m at the Coach O CCU Invitational last week. He will run the 100m prelims at 3:05 p.m. Friday, the 4x200m relay at 4:40 p.m. Friday, and anchor the 4x100m relay team at 11:35 a.m. Saturday.

Leading the Chanticleer women, senior Teka Simpson will run the Seeded 200m at 3 p.m. Saturday and will run legs on the 4x100m, 4x200m, and 4x400m relays. Aynslee van Graan will run the seeded Mile at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. She is the stadium and indoor school record holder in the event. Amirah Al-Bayyinah, an NCAA Qualifier in 2015, will make her outdoor debut in the triple jump at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

For live results from the 20th Annual Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational, SEE HERE.

The Chanticleer Track & Field team will also host a community service event -- the Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club Day -- at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. Track and Field Day, a free non-competitive event for children ages 6-12, gives children the opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of a big-time track and field meet. Team members will be on hand to get the kids get warmed-up and instruct them in basic track & field skills. For more info about Myrtle Beach Track & Field Day, SEE HERE.

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