April 26, 2012
PHILADELPHIA - Members of the Coastal Carolina track and field teams traveled to Philadelphia, Pa., to compete in the 118th Penn Relays alongside some of the best track and field competition in the world. The Chanticleer women's distance medley relay team shined in the spotlight as the quartet earned medal honors at the prestigious event with a fourth-place finish.
The quartet of Christian Johnson, Christina Davis, Shelby Nicosia and Sophie Perry finished the 4,000m race in 11:48.82 to place fourth in the 14-team field. Johnson led off the team running the 1,200m leg in 3:32 followed by Davis' 59 seconds 400m leg. Nicosia then took the baton for the 800m leg, finishing in 2:16. Perry crossed the line after her 1,600m anchor leg in 4:58.
The Coastal women's 4x400m relay team of Erica Peake, Santresa Jamison, Qwontajah Thompson and Sharmaine Barnes finished 30th of 77 teams that stepped into the starting blocks. The foursome, who claimed gold at the Big South Championship last week, ran its second fastest time of the season, finishing in 3:44.82.
Mary Lawrence, who claimed the 2012 Big South Conference pole vault championship, tied for seventh in the 23-competitor field. The senior was one of three athletes to clear 3.65m (11-11.75).
Kierra Gabe, the 2012 Big South Indoor and Outdoor Field Performer of the Year, placed 18th in the high jump. The senior from Adams Run, N.C., cleared her final height of 1.60m (5-03) on her second attempt of the afternoon.
All-Big South Conference honoree C. Davis competed in the 400m hurdles championship, crossing the line in 1:05.80. The freshman placed 57th in the 64-member field.
Senior Brittany Connor made the most of her final appearance at The Penn Relays, finishing seventh in the hammer throw. Connor, an All-Big South honoree, threw the implement 52.68m (172-10) down range.
Anjulia Nicholson came away with a sixth-place finish in the collegiate division of the discus. The Aiken, S.C., product's throw of 45.07m (147-10) is her third best of the season. Connor finished eighth in the 30-competitor field with a toss of 44.23m (145-01).
Letitia Saayman brought home another Coastal Carolina top 10 finish with a seventh-place effort in the women's 3,000m run. The native South African and two-time all-conference honoree stopped the clock in 10:07.83
Kyle Kling was the only Coastal Carolina men's team member to compete on the day. The senior made the most of his last Penn Relays performance as he posted a season-best time of 14:48.94 in the 5,000m.
The Chanticleers will be represented in a total of 11 events during Friday's action at The Penn Relays.