Aug. 6, 2012
CONWAY - Seven student-athletes have committed to join the Coastal Carolina men's track and field program beginning in the 2012 season, announced head men's cross country/track and field coach Jeff Jacobs.
The class includes six student-athletes who have excelled throughout their high school careers and performed on their respective state's regional and state championship stage. Additionally, the Chants will welcome one transfer, Ryan Beckley, who led Spartanburg Methodist to a seventh-place finish at the 2011 junior college cross country national championship.
"This is a quality group of athletes that will make an impact in every event area of our program: sprints, jumps, hurdles, distance/cross country and throws," said Jacobs. "I am very pleased with this year's incoming class."
The Chanticleers will embark on the 2012 cross country season as hosts to the annual CCU Invitational on Aug. 31.
Trey Childress (Clover, S.C./Clover HS)
Event Area: Sprints | Personal Bests: 100m - 10.83; 200m - 21.90
At Clover HS: Finished fourth in the 200m and eighth in the 100m at the 2012 SCHSL AAAA State Championship ... Ran a personal-best time of 21.90 in the 200m to win the 2012 Region 3-4A, and finished second in the 100m ... Clocked a personal-best 100m time of 10.83 in the 2012 AAAA State Qualifier ... Finished first in the 100m and runner-up in the 200m as a junior year at the Region Championship.
Brinson Corn (Boiling Springs, S.C./Boiling Springs HS)
Event: Pole Vault | Personal Best: Pole Vault - 4.27m (14-00)
At Boiling Springs HS: Two-time SCHSL State AAAA Championship qualifier in the pole vault...Cleared personal-best 4.27m (14- 0) to win 2012 Region 2-4A Championship ... Runner-up at 2012 Spartanburg County Championship.
Wesley Edwards (Simpsonville, S.C./Hillcrest HS)
Event Area: Jumps | Personal Best: High Jump - 2.03m (6-08)
At Hillcrest HS: Finished 10th at the 2012 New Balance High School Outdoor Track and Field National Championship in the high jump with a clearance of 2.00m (6-06.75) ... Leaped a personal-best 2.03m (6-08) to win the 2012 SCTCCCA Coaches Classic ... Placed third in the high jump in the SCHSL AAAA State Championship in 2012 and 2011 ... Jumped 1.98m (6-06) to win the 2012 Taco Bell Classic ... Two-time Region 2-4A Champion in the high jump.
Corey Hackett-Greene (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham HS)
Event Area: Sprints | Personal Bests: 100m - 10.79; 200m - 22.20; 400m - 48.59
At Hatboro-Horsham HS: Finished sixth at the 2012 PIAA Track and Field State Championship in the 400m, running a personal-best 48.59 in the prelims and 48.61 in the final ... Placed fourth in the 400m in the Emerging Elite division at the 2012 New Balance High School Outdoor Track and Field National Championship ... Won the 100m, 400m and finished second in the 200m at the SOL Continental Conference Championship.
Matthew Lights (Greenwood, S.C./Greenwood HS)
Event Area: Hurdles | Personal Bests: 110m hurdles - 14.69; 400m hurdles - 53.67
At Greenwood HS: Won the 400m hurdles at the 2012 SCHSL AAAA State Championships in a personal-record time of 53.67 ... Won both the 110m and 400m hurdles at the 2012 South Carolina USATF Junior Olympics in the Young Men's division ... 2012 Region 1-4A Champion in the 110m hurdles (personal-record time of 14.69) and 400m hurdles ... Finished third in 110m hurdles at the 2011 SCHSL AAAA State meet as a junior.
Jordan Roach (Fork Union, Va./Fork Union Military Academy)
Event Area: Throws | Personal Bests: High School Discus - 57.17m (187-06); Javelin - 49.61m (159-05)
At Fort Union Military Academy: Finished sixth in the discus at the 2012 New Balance High School Outdoor Track and Field National Championship ... Won the Virginia Independent Schools State Championship with a meet record toss of 55.74m (182-10) in the discus throw ... Set personal best of 57.17m (187-06) with the high school discus to win the Prep League/LIS Championship.
Ryan Beckley (Summerville, S.C./ Fort Dorchester HS/Spartanburg Methodist)
Event Areas: Mid-Distance/Cross Country | Personal Bests: 800m - 1:56.92; 1500m - 3:56.50; 5000m - 15:43.54; 8k (cross country) - 27:03
At Spartanburg Methodist: School record holder in the 800m (1:56.92) and 1,500m ... Ran personal-best 3:56.50 in the 1,500m at the 2012 Duke Twilight ... Competed at the 2011 National Junior College Cross Country Championship and helped the Pioneers to a seventh-place team finish ... Served as student body president ... Earned Junior College Academic All-American honors.
At Fort Dorchester HS: Finished seventh in the 1,600m at the 2010 SCHSL AAAA State Championship to help Fort Dorchester to the team championship with a then-personal record of 4:29.09 ... Placed third in the 1,600m at the Region 8-AAAA Championship.