March 30, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, FLA./RALEIGH, N.C. - The Coastal Carolina men’s and women’s track and field teams notched numerous top finishes as student-athletes competed in both the Raleigh Relays and North Florida Invitational on Friday.
Coastal Carolina distance specialists Kyle Kling, Letitia Saayman and Emily Marchini competed in the 10,000m run at the Raleigh Relays on Friday evening. The race was the first of the 10,000m variety for each this season and the first in the young career of Saayman.
Kling finished with an impressive showing as he crossed the finish line in 31:37.54 to place 22nd overall. The senior, who is steadily making his return from an injury that sidelined him for the cross country season, now holds the third best time in the Big South this season.
Saayman, known for her superb distance performance this season, placed 12th in the 48-athlete field. The freshman’s time of 36:21.70 is tops in the Big South this season and ranks fourth in the CCU annuals. Marchini crossed the line in personal-record setting 37:54.83 to place 27th overall.
North Florida Invitational
Freshman Ryan Minor continued his excellent rookie campaign as he placed fifth with a personal and Chanticleer season-best mark of 52.44m (172-00). Minor’s mark ranks as the ninth-best in Coastal history. Tyler Swanson and Cameron Griggs also turned in top 10-worthy performances. Swanson threw for a distance of 48.87m (159-11) to finish eighth followed by Griggs with a heave of 48.74m (159-11) to place 10th. Swanson’s mark was his best of the season.
Anjulia Nicholson tied for seventh in the women’s hammer with a toss of 47.99m (157-05) to take Coastal’s top placing in the event. Nicholson was closely followed by senior Brittany Connor with a 10th-place throw of 47.22m (154-11). Naomi Atkins also competed in the event, finishing with a distance of 43.47m (142-07).
Griggs, a sophomore from Ruby, S.C., took home fifth in the shot put with a season-best distance of 15.06m (49-05.00). Minor and Swanson immediately followed Griggs as the pair placed sixth and seventh, respectively. Minor’s best put of the day came on his final attempt as he placed the implement 14.22m (46-08.00) down range. Swanson threw for a distance of 14.13m (46-04.25).
The 22-competitor women’s shot put field saw Atkins lead the charge for the Chants with a 10th-place finish. Atkins opened the event with her best throw of the day to the tune of 12.36m (40-06.75).
The day’s throwing event concluded with Griggs earning his best finish of the day with a toss of 46.45m (152-05) in the discus. Griggs’ throw, which earned him fourth-place finish, was his second best of the season. Hot on Griggs’ heels was Swanson with a fifth-place finish of 45.93m (150-08). Minor rounded out the Coastal contingent with a heave of 39.75m (130-05) to place 10th overall.
Mary Lawrence, Coastal’s lone pole vaulter competing on the day, turned in the best performance of her career on her way to a fourth-place finish. After passing twice on opening heights and clearing 3.50m on her initial attempt, the senior cleared a personal and Chanticleer season-best height of 3.65m (11-11.75) on her second attempt.
Kierra Gabe finished tops in her flight with a distance of 5.48m (17-11.75) on her way to a 14th-place overall finish in the long jump. The event marked Gabe’s season debutin the long jump. Also competing for the Chants in the event were Erica Peake (5.46m (17-11.00)), Caitlin Baker (4.98m (16-04.25)) and Anna Carnegie (4.52m (14-10.00)).
Senior Burton Jones II came away with an eighth-place finish in the long jump with a distance of 6.66m (21-10.25).
Three Chanticleers qualified for the finals of the women’s 100m hurdles. Sophomore Ashley Davis led the way as she won her heat with a time of 14.18. Davis’ time was good for seventh fastest in the 41-athlete field. Also qualifying for Saturday’s finals were Christina Davis (14.59) and Camille Hurley (14.73).
In the 110m hurdles four athletes wearing the black and teal of Coastal Carolina advanced to Saturday’s finals. Tre’von Gee paced the Chants as he stopped the clock in 14.99 to place 11th overall in the preliminary round. Gee’s teammates were all within .18 second behind as Russel Kanner (15.08), Shane Norris (15.12) and Carrington Fernandors (15.17) ran the 13th, 14th and 15th fastest clips of the day.
Coastal advanced a pair of women to the finals of the 100m. This time it was veteran Erica Peak pacing the Chants as she won her heat in a personal-record time of 11.71, defeating her closest challenger by .14 second. Peak’s mark was the second quickest of the day and ranks third on the Chanticleers’ all-time list. Gabrielle Lee also advanced to the finals with a time of 12.10, which placed her second in her heat.
Senior Corey Jameson turned it up a notch in his 100m qualifying effort as he claimed victory in the first heat of the day with a blazing time of 10.66. Jameson’s time was the seventh best of the day and a mere .11 second off the CCU record. Fellow Chants Tyler Askew (10.76), Ronnie Jackson (10.80), Nicholas Parks (10.82) and Joseph Wilson (10.85) refused to be upstaged by the senior as each earned a spot in the final alongside Jameson.
Joseph Keitt, a freshman, placed 10th overall in the 1,500m. Keitt won his section of the event with a time of 4:02.82. Tyler Cummings was close behind, stopping the clock in 4:04.69 to place 12th. Sophomore Cameron Wells (4:05.65) and newcomer Evan Niciphor (4:10.68) also toed the line in the event. Senior standout Christian Johnson took to the track for her first 1,500m event of the season and didn’t disappoint as she finished 11th in the 41-competitor field with a time of 4:34.50. Sophie Perry, a freshman, finished four places behind Johnson with a time of 4:36.65. Shelby Nicosia (4:40.14) and Seanna Kautz (5:10.39) rounded out the Coastal finishers in the event. Jessica Dennison was the lone Coastal representative in the women’s 5,000m. The junior finished second in the first section of the race and 19th overall with a time of 8:26.01.