April 23, 2011
LEXINGTON, Va. – The Coastal Carolina men’s track and field team concluded the 2011 Big South Championship in second place.
The Chanticleers tallied 111.5 points in the three days of competition. Liberty won its fifth straight Big South Championship as the Flames totaled 187.5 points. Charleston Southern placed third with 109 points followed by VMI (101 points) and Radford (83 points). With the second place finish, the Chanticleers have finished the championship meet no worse than third since the 2002 season.
Coastal Carolina completed the meet with five All-Big South Conference performers, including high jump champion Jacques Watson. Watson’s win in the high jump on Friday was the third Big South crown in the event for the senior.
On the third and final day of competition, 13 Chanticleers earned valuable team points. Matthew Hatheway started off Coastal’s day with an eighth place finish in the pole vault as he cleared a height of 4.0m (13-01.5). Cameron Griggs (45.19m / 148-03), Charlie Tidwell (43.97 / 144-03) and Tyler Swanson (43.97 / 144-03) then followed in the discus with fifth, seventh and eighth places, respectively. Chad Phillips concluded Coastal’s efforts in the field events with a triple jump of 14.48m (47-6.25) to place fifth.
On the track, the men in black and teal started fast as Corey Jameson, Chris Lawson, Lenny Steed, and Ryan Edlich took the fourth through seventh places in the 100 meter dash. Jameson led the way with a 10.67 clip followed closely by Lawson (10.75), Steed (10.76) and Edlich (10.76). It was Lawson leading the Chanticleers in the 200 meter dash as he placed fourth in a time of 21.63. Steed finished a close fifth in an identical 21.63 clip followed by Edlich in 25.03.
Sophomore Stevie Brunson placed sixth in the 400 meter dash crossing the finish line in 49.23. Russel Kanner took home sixth in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.17 and followed it up with a 55.16 split in the 400 meter hurdles to place fifth. Jacob Scheuer, a senior, capped his Big South meet career with a sixth place finish in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 55.69.
Rounding out the scoring finishes for the Chants was the 4x400 meter relay team with a sixth place finish. The quartet of Evan Desaulniers, Scheuer, Brunson, and Raheen Frederick turned in a Coastal Carolina season best in the event with a 3:21.98.
Coastal will return to action at the annual Penn Relays starting on April 28 in Philadelphia.
All-Big South Honors
Jason Flanagan - Javelin, second
Kyle Kling - 10,000m, second
Tyler Askew - Long Jump, third
Charlie Tidwell - Hammer, third
Jacques Watson – High Jump, champion
Men’s Team results
1. Liberty – 198
2. Coastal Carolina – 111.50
3. Charleston Southern – 109
4. VMI - 101
5. Radford - 83
6. High Point – 78
7. Gardner-Webb - 76
8. Winthrop - 54
9. UNC Asheville - 18
Men’s Most Outstanding Track Performer
Felix Kitur, VMI
Men’s Most Outstanding Field Performer
Elliott Galeone, Liberty
Men’s Freshman of the Year
Carson Sears, Gardner-Webb
Men’s Coach of the Year
Brant Tolsma, Liberty
Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Christoph Hutschalik, Gardner-Webb