May 6, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Coastal Carolina track & field team swept the Big South Conference men's and women's track & field athlete of the week awards following its performance at the historic Penn Relays. The men's 4x400 relay team was named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's Track Athletes of the Week, while Jessica Gelibert was named the Big South Women's Track Athlete of the Week. Reggie Nelson was named the Big South Men's Field Athlete of the Week, while Amirah Al-Bayyinah earned the Big South Women's Field Athlete of the Week.
It is the third honor this season for both Jessica Gelibert and Reggie Nelson and the first honor for Al-Bayyinah and the 4x400 relay team. Gelibert and Nelson were named the Big South Women's Track Athlete of the Week and Big South Men's Field Athlete of the Week, respectively, on March 27 and April 10.
The 4x400 relay team, consisting of DeAndra Lipscomb, Corey Hackett-Greene, Alexander Hass and Stevie Brunson, finished fifth in the college finals at the historic Penn Relays and surpassed the Coastal Carolina school record which was set during last season's Penn Relays. The team crossed the line in 3:09.42.
Gelibert, a sophomore from Bay Shore, N.Y., competed in a pair of relays and also finished fourth in the 400m hurdles as an individual with a time of 57.97. She was a member of the 4x400 relay team which placed third in the college finals with a time of 3:35.73, and she also ran on the shuttle hurdle relay team, which placed third in the Women's Shuttle Hurdle Relay Championship of America with a time of 56.80.
Nelson, a redshirt-junior from Dillon, S.C., hit a personal best height of 2.16m (7-1.00) while winning the college final in the high jump at the historic Penn Relays. With his jump, Nelson now ranks 12th in the NCAA East Region. The top 48 ranked student-athletes in each event advance to the NCAA Preliminary Round.
Al-Bayyinah, a sophomore from Winchester, Va., hit a personal best distance of 12.51m (41-00.50) while finishing sixth in the triple jump. Her distance of 12.51m (41-00.50) moved her into 39th in the NCAA East Region rankings.
Coastal Carolina returns to the track at the Virginia Challenge hosted by the University of Virginia May 9-10.