April 20, 2012
MYRTLE BEACH - The Coastal Carolina men's track and field team sits in second after two days of Big South Championship competition.
The defending champion Liberty Flames lead the championship with 90.5 points followed by the Chanticleers with 52 points. However, the Chants advanced seven competitors to Saturday's finals and several of Coastal's top performers, including Big South javelin record holder Jason Flanagan, have yet to compete.
Senior Burton Jones II made his 2012 high jump debut a memorable one as he claimed silver in the event. Jones II cleared a career-best 2.04m (6-08.25), falling only to Liberty's Kyle Wheeler who set a new Big South Conference Championship meet record with a height of 2.16m (7-01.00). Aaron Noble tallied four team points with a fifth-place finish of 1.96m (6-05.00). Reggie Nelson placed sixth overall with a height of 1.91m (6-03.25).
Stevie Brunson and Anthony Lynch punched their tickets to the finals of the 400m with very impressive performances. Brunson, who won the event at the Chanticleer Classic, took first in his heat with a career-best time of 48.65. Lynch, a newcomer from Schenectady Community College, was the final qualifier for the event as he ran a personal-best 48.99. DeAndra Lipscomb ran a 49.14 to place 11th overall followed by Nicholas Park's 14th-place time of 49.86.
Also qualifying for Saturday's finals were Tyler Askew and Corey Jameson in the 100m-dash. Askew and Jameson both finished second in their heats with times of 10.85 and 10.88, respectively. Joseph Wilson ran a 10th-place-worthy time of 10.93.
Russel Kanner led the Chanticleer charge in the 400m hurdles with a time of 54.64 to advance to the finals. Senior Shane Norris also advanced to the finals with a time of 55.51. Carrington Fernandors and Jacob McKown also competed in the event, crossing the finish line in 56.23 and 56.94, respectively.
Claiming Coastal's final qualifying spot of the day was freshman Florence, S.C., native Joseph Wilson in the 200m. Wilson placed second in the fourth and final heat of the day with a time of 21.55. The time was Wilson's fastest yet and seventh quickest of the day. Askew placed 13th overall with a time of 21.79 followed by Jameson (21.89) and Ronnie Jackson (22.10).
NOTE: Due to an error in the men's 110m hurdle trials, the second heat will be rerun on Saturday at 11:45 a.m. unofficially, two Chanticleers will advance to the finals.
Coastal scored eight team points in the shot put. Freshman Ryan Minor was the Chants' top finisher in the event as he placed fourth in the impressive field with a career-best throw of 15.82m (51-11.00). Senior Tyler Swanson threw for a season-best distance of 14.93m (48-11.75) to place seventh. Ruby, S.C., native Cameron Griggs placed eighth with a toss of 14.65m (48-00.75). James Gore rounded out Coastal's efforts in the event with a throw of 13.08m (42-11.00).
In the 1,500m run freshman Joseph Keitt narrowly missed making his first career Big South final has he placed 13th overall with a time of 4:02.54. Classmate Tyler Cummings finished the event in 4:07.87 to place 17th followed by Cameron Wells (4:08.57) in 19th.
Tim Bryson represented the host Chanticleers in the 800m, placing third in his heat and 14th overall with a season-best time of 1:58.24.
Keitt scored two team points for the Chants with a seventh-place finish in the 3,000m steeplechase. Keitt ran a personal-best time of 9:30.08. Spencer Lange stopped the clock in 10:14.86 to finish 14th overall.
Competing in his first career decathlon, senior Darren Tymczak tallied 2,899 points on Thursday and 1,737 points on Friday on his way to a ninth-place finish with 4,636 points.
Saturday's non-stop action starts at 10 a.m. with the women's discus and concludes with the always exciting men's 4x400m relay at 4:30 p.m.