March 5, 2011
WILMINGTON, N.C. - The Coastal Carolina men's track & field team opened the season with a second place finish in the Battle of the Beaches held at UNC Wilmington's Greene Track & Field Complex.
The Chanticleers finished with 92 team points, but UNC Wilmington was able to take back the surfboard trophy as the Seahawks scored 113. The Citadel and Slippery Rock also competed in the meet.
Coastal's 4x100m quartet of Chris Lawson, Ryan Edlich, Raheen Frederick and Lenny Steed won the event in a meet record setting time of 41.20. Steed also picked up another victory as he crossed the finish line in the 100m with an impressive 10.88 and pulled out a second place finish in the 200m (21.64). Additionally Lawson finished second in the 100m (11.01) and third in the 200m (21.65) while Edlich placed third in the 100m (11.11) and fourth in the 200m (21.88).
Kyle Kling won the 3,000m in a time of 8:33 to round out the three Coastal victories on the track and claimed second in the 1,500m with a time of 3:59.06. Also turning in strong performances on the track with top three finishes were Stevie Brunson (2nd / 400m / 49.46), Cameron Wells (3rd / 1,500m / 4:01) (3rd / 800m / 2:01.48), Evan Desaulniers (3rd / 400m / 49.74), and Russel Kanner (3rd / 400m hurdles / 56.36).
In the field event the Chants claimed the top spot in three events. Senior Jacques Watson, an NCAA Regional Preliminary Round qualifier last season, won the high jump as he cleared 6'9.75" (2.08m). Sophomore Chris Tillotson won the javelin with a throw of 187'02" (57.04m) and freshman Charlie Tidwell won his first meet event as a collegian with a throw of 47'7.25" (14.51m) in the shot put. Tidwell also finished second in the hammer with a distance of 188'06" (57.45m) and fourth in the discus with a toss of 149'01" (45.45m) to finish out his superb day.
Rounding out Coastal's top performances in the field were Tyler Slapikas' second place javelin throw of 173'11" (53.02m) along with juniors Chad Phillips' and Burton Jones' leaps of 47'10" (14.58m) and 46"5.25" (14.15m) in the triple jump.
Coastal Carolina will return to action on March 11-12 at home as the Chanticleers host the Coastal Carolina University Invitational.