Dec. 11, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Coastal Carolina's duo of Christal Green and Amirah Al-Bayyinah swept the Big South Conference's first women's indoor track and field weekly honors of the season, which the League announced on Wednesday.
Green was named the Big South Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, while Al-Bayyinah was tabbed as the conference's Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week.
Competing in her first meet in a Coastal uniform, Green came away with a pair of first-place finishes at the JDL College Kickoff last Saturday. The junior transfer from Columbia, S.C. won the 400 meters in a time of 57.21 and then followed up by running a 56.60 split in the first leg of the 4x400 relay, leading teammates Teka Simpson, Kaila Smith and Camille Hurley to the victory and a time of 3:49.28. Green's converted 400-meter time (56.46) is currently ranked first in the Big South and No. 10 in the nation, while the 4x400 meter relay team's converted time (3:46.28) is good for No. 7 in the country and tops in the league.
Al-Bayyinah won the triple jump at the JDL Kickoff with a mark of 40-8.75 and also placed third in the long jump with a leap of 18-7. It was the first indoor event victory for the sophomore from Winchester, Va., who claimed the Big South outdoor triple jump title last season. Her distance in the triple jump is the best in the conference and No. 4 in the country.
Team scores for Division I schools that participated in the JDL Kickoff were also released Wednesday and the Coastal women led the way with 143.5 points, despite not having its distance runners and throwers compete. Wake Forest was second with 110, followed by N.C. State with 69.5.
Individually, three other Chanticleers rank in the top 20 nationally in the 400 meters, with Hurley at 11th, Leah Fair at 15th and Sharmaine Barnes 20th. Imani Boatwright ranks 17th in the 800 meters and first in the Big South.