March 23, 2012
COLUMBIA - Tyler Slapikas and Joseph Keittled the Coastal Carolina men's track team on Friday as both recorded top 10 finishes during the first day of the Weems Baskin Invitational hosted by the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
Slapikas, a sophomore, recorded a season-best in the javelin to place seventh of 33 competitors. The Prospect, Conn., native threw for 54.03m (177-03) on his fifth attempt of the day, narrowly missing his personal-best distance of 54.20m (177-10) by .17 meter.
Freshman Ryan Minor continued the excellent start to his collegiate career in the hammer throw as he came away with a 17th place finish in the stout field. Minor's throw of 48.94m (160-07) on his opening attempt was the 14th-best collegiate throw of the day as the top three finishers in the event were unattached competitors. Cameron Griggs, a sophomore, fouled on his first two attempts, but was able to put his third and final attempt 48.19m (158-01) down range to place 20th in the 49-competitor field. Tyler Swanson, who also competed in the event wearing the teal and black of Coastal Carolina, finished 22nd overall with a throw of 47.05m (154-04).
The final event of the day, the men's 5,000m run, featured a pair of Chanticleer freshmen battling for their first collegiate victories against a field of 28 competitors. Keitt led the charge for the Chants, breaking the tape in 16:00.79 to place seventh. Evan Niciphorstopped the clock in 16:17.70 to finish just outside the top 10 in 11th.
The discus, which was slated to be the day's final field event, was suspended due to inclement weather and will be resumed on Saturday at 9 a.m.