April 19, 2012
MYRTLE BEACH - The Coastal Carolina men’s track and field team picked up a pair of all-conference honors and sits tied for first with defending champion Liberty after the first day of the 2012 Big South Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The Chanticleers and Flames both scored 27 points on the day and co-lead third-place Gardner-Webb (17) by 10 points.
The Chanticleers were a single competitor away from sweeping the podium in the long jump; however, Charleston Southern’s Braxton Drummond broke the Chants' stranglehold on the top three positions with a second-place-worthy jump. Although Coastal was unable to sweep the first podium of the 2012 Big South Championship, sophomore Tyler Askew captured his first Big South title followed by Burton Jones II earning all-conference honors in third and Raheen Frederick in fourth. Askew leapt for a personal-record setting distance of 7.32m (24-00.25), winning the event by .03 meter. Jones II cleared 7.25m (23-09.25) and Frederick finished with a 7.16m (23-06.00) effort. The leaps were personal bests for Jones II and Frederick.
Coastal scored six team points in the hammer throw as a trio of Chants claimed sixth through eighth place. Transfer James Gore led the Chanticleer contingent with a sixth-place finish of 51.99m (170-07). Gore’s efforts surpassed his previous personal-best by more than six meters. Following Gore was freshman Ryan Minor with a toss of 51.81m (170-00) to place seventh. Tyler Slapikas, a senior, came home eighth with a career-best throw of 51.51m (169-00). Cameron Griggs rounded out the Coastal competitors with a final distance of 47.28m (155-01).
Freshman Evan Niciphor, running in his first 10,000m event of his career, placed 11th overall in the 23-competitor field as he stopped the clock in 32:04.71. Senior Kyle Kling placed 15th with a time of 32:42.39.
Day two of the 2012 Big South Championship resumes on Friday at noon with the decathlon 110m hurdles.