April 17, 2010
CONWAY, S.C.-Coastal Carolina University men’s track and field team claimed second place in the Big South Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship at Charleston Southern, crowning five Champions in individual events and garnering 11 All-Big South individual honors, April 17. The Chanticleers finished the final day with 117.5 points, while Liberty claimed the Big South title with 194 points. In the award ceremony at the end of the meet, sophomore Jason Jensen earned a spot on the All-Big South Academic Team.
“I’m very proud of the team,” Head Coach Jeff Jacobs said. “We performed very well at this championship. We had five individual conference champions, with four of them returning next year, so I feel like we can improve upon that. I’m excited about the rest of season; we have some guys that I believe can make it to the NCAA championship.”
The Chanticleers had three record-breaking performances on the final day of competition. Jack Hutchison broke the Big South meet record and school record in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.07, winning the event for the second year in a row. Following him in fifth place was Kasheem Clifton with a time of 14.84.
Also breaking a school record was Chad Phillips in the triple jump, leaping 49’2.25” (14.99 meters) to win the event and earning his first All-Conference honors of his career.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Corey Jameson, Ryan Edlich, Jerome St. Bernard and Lenny Steed smashed the school record with a time of 40.29, finishing in second place and earning the All-Big South award.
Kyle Kling ran the 1,500 meters in dramatic fashion, as he passed the favored Josh Morgan of High Point with 700 meters left in the race. Morgan stayed close as the two made a diving finish, with Kling edging Morgan by one-one hundredth of a second with a personal-best time of 3:52.47 to win the event.
Also earning All-Conference honors on the day was Steed in the 100-meter dash, as he finished third with a personal-best time of 10.69. Ryan Edlich followed right behind Steed in fourth with a time of 10.77. Edlich also took sixth place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.81.
The Chants also completed the 400-meter dash with Stevie Brunson taking seventh, clocking a time of 49.43. Darren Tymczak followed two places behind in ninth at 51.25. In the 400-meter hurdles, Jacob Scheuer ran a personal-best 54.42 to place seventh, while Shane Norris ran 58.18 good for ninth.
The Chanticleer 4x400-meter relay team of Scheuer, Brunson, Hutchison and Alex Levy ran the best time in two years, clocking a time of 3:19.84.
Finishing the field events of the day was the discus, as Tyler Swanson threw a personal-best 148’3” (45.18 meters), finishing in seventh in the event, while CJ Smiley was 11th with a toss of 136’9” (41.68 meters). Coastal also took part in the 5,000 meters, with Jamie McCarthy placing 10th with a time of 15:41.36 and Max Hacker finishing in 11th in a time of 15:50.55.
The Chanticleers will continue the regular season as they travel to High Point, N.C., to the Vertklasse Meet on Sunday, April 25.