Coastal Men, Women Finish Second at Big South Championships

CCU's men finished with 156 points and its women wrapped the event with 133 points


Teka Simpson
May 12, 2016

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LYNCHBURG, Va. - Coastal Carolina's men's and women's track & field teams both finished second in the Big South Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Liberty University's Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex in Lynchburg, Va.

Liberty reigned supreme both on the men's and women's sides, with 257 and 235.50 points, respectively. CCU's men finished with 156 points and its women wrapped the event with 133 points. Campbell finished third on the men's side with 138 points, while High Point took third on the women's side (120.50).

Rounding out the field for the men was fourth-place High Point (99 points),  fifth-place Winthrop (61), Gardner-Webb in sixth (47), Charleston Southern in seventh with 31 points and UNC-Asheville in eighth with 15 points. For the women, Campbell came in fourth with 108 points.

Charleston Southern finished fifth with 53 points, Winthrop tied with Gardner-Webb for sixth with 48.5 points. Radford (37 points) and UNC-Asheville (35 points) finished eighth and ninth, respectively.

Coastal's day was highlighted by Desmond Wallace winning in the 110m hurdles, as he had a winning time of 13.83. He was joined on the podium by Coastal's Kevondre' Hunt (second place, 14.26) and Dee Jennings (third place, 14.58)

The redshirt senior, who ranks first in the Big South and eighth in the East Region in the event, is Coastal's first back-to-back conference winner in the 110m hurdles since Jack Hutchinson (2009-10). Elsewhere in the event, Jerome Coaxum Jr. placed fourth with a time of 14.69.

Additionally, Teka Simpson went All-Big South with a victory in the women's 100m. She earned the win by crossing the finish line at 11.71, and Coastal's Karissa Lunn (11.91) placed fourth in the event.

Simpson, who was named Women's Track Athlete of the Meet, also won the women's 200m with a time of 23.92, setting a new personal best mark in the process.

Elsewhere, Rozelle Meier became the All-Big South runner-up in the women's 400m HH, as she crossed the finish line at 1:01.85, which was a season-best time for her.

On the men's side of the 400m hurdles, Coaxum (51.94) and Jennings (54.30) both made it to the podium, finishing first and third, respectively. Coaxum set a new CCU school record in the event.

Wrapping up the afternoon, Coastal's team of Coaxum, Tre Stanley, Wellington and Wilkerson finished first (3:11.51) in the men's 4x400 relay.

Therius Styles (10.56) earned All-Big South honors with a third-place finish in the men's 100m, and Kahlim Denmark (10.60) finished right behind him in the No. 4 spot.

Deion Wellington (47.54) and Braylon Wilkerson (47.96) both earned spots on the podium in the men's 400m dash, finishing second and third, respectively. Styles also became the all-conference runner-up in the men's 200m, crossing the finish line at 21.35.

The final day of competition opened with the men's shot put. Zach Bolton had an impressive showing, setting a mark of 15.77m (51-9) to finish fifth overall.

Ryan Minor threw for 14.82m (48-7.5) and Devontaye Edwards set of mark of 14.79m (48-6.25), finishing eighth and ninth, respectively. In other field action, Robert Castellani finished fourth in the men's javelin, with a throw of 64.46m (211-6).

Coastal's team of Simpson, Lunn, Anacia Hines and Kelila Naules went All-Big South in the women's 4x100m, finishing second with a time of 45.65. Simpson ran the lead leg for Coastal.

CCU also placed second to earn All-Big South honors on the men's side of the 4x100m, as Denmark, Ryan McCain, Styles and Chiason Tenkiang crossed the finish line at 40.24.

Aynslee van Graan earned All-Big South honors with a second-place finish (4:27.96) in the women's 1500m, and Amirah Al-Bayyinah (11.79m, 38-8.25) placed fourth in the women's triple jump.

Van Graan also earned a spot on the podium in the women's 5000m, finishing second with a time of 17:41.07. Elsewhere, Anacia Hines went all-conference with a third-place finish in the women's 100m hurdles, as she crossed the finish line at 14.16.

On the women's side of the 4x400 relay, Hines, Rozelle Meier, Jonnay Anthony and Imani Boatwright placed fourth with a time of 3:52.99.

Lisha Van Onselen finished No. 8 in the women's 1500m with a  season best time of 4:38.94. Charles Bascom tied his personal best in the 800m, finishing seventh with a time of 1:54.31.

Additionally, Kyla van Graan was named to the women's all-academic team and Minor to the men's.



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