March 24, 2012
COLUMBIA - The Coastal Carolina men's and women's track and field programs continued to impress on day two of the University of South Carolina-hosted Weems Baskin Invitational on Saturday as the squads combined to tally 14 top 10 finishes.
Junior Jessica Dennison opened the day on the track for the Chants as she turned in a fifth place finish in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 11.50.94. Spencer Lange equaled Dennison's placing in the men's 3,000m steeplechase as he crossed the finish line in 10:24.68.
The women's 1,500m saw the Chanticleers come away with four of the top 10 finishers. Both Sophie Perry (4:41.89) and Letitia Saayman (4:42.64) continued the hot starts to their collegiate careers as the pair finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 53-competitor field. Close behind the freshman duo were sophomores Emily Marchini and Shelby Nicosia in sixth and seventh place. Marchini stopped the clock at 4:43.55 with Nicosia just behind in 4:44.71.
The men's team also had two top 10 finishers in the 1,500m as Tyler Cummings, who placed sixth in 4:03.54 to set a new collegiate personal best, was followed by Cameron Wells with a season-best time of 4:04.85 to finish eighth. The pair also competed in the 800m finishing in the top 25 of the event. Cummings turned in a Chanticleer season-best time of 2:00.67 to place 17th as Wells finished 24th in 2:01.52.
Senior Christian Johnson represented the Chants admirably in the 800m as she blazed to the finish line in 2:12.10, the program's third-fastest time in the event, to place third in the field that featured 58 competitors.
Day two of the field events started with the continuation of the rain-delayed men's discus. Cameron Griggs finished the event with the Chanticleers' top distance of 43.72m (143-05), also the team's top effort of the season, to capture 18th place. Senior Tyler Swanson's toss of 40.32m (132-03) was good for 24th overall. Newcomer Ryan Minorfinished the day with a toss of 38.69m (126-11) to place 30th.
Additionally, Minor also finished ninth in the shot put with a distance of 14.81m (48-07.25). Griggs and Swanson also competed in the shot put, recording 15th and 17th place finishes, respectively. Griggs threw for a distance of 13.95m (35-09.25) as Swanson recorded a distance of 13.61m (44-08.00).
Freshman Danielle England, who opened her Coastal career with a javelin victory in the CCU Invitational, finished as the runner-up in the javelin with a throw of 41.67m (136-08) on her second attempt of the day. Classmate Otessa Velasquez also came away with a top 10 finish in the event as her throw of 34.30m (112-06) was good for 10th in the 42-competitor field.
Shantelle Patterson and Brittany Connor also took home top 10 finishes in the hammer throw. Patterson placed third with a throw of 55.35m (181-07) on her first attempt of the day. Connor recorded a season-best throw of 52.29m (171-07) to place fourth of the 54 athletes. Anjulia Nicholson and Naomi Atkins rounded out the Coastal contingent with a tosses of 46.38m (152-02) and 43.99m (144-04), respectively.
Due to inclement weather in Columbia, the women's 5,000m, the men's and women's 4x400m relay, women's discus and shot put, along with the men's and women's high jump were cancelled prior to completion.