May 14, 2011
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Coastal Carolina men's track & field team turned in several outstanding performances in day one of the North Florida Invitational held at the Osprey's Hodges Stadium.
Leading the way were the Coastal sprinters who turned in a combined five personal records. In the preliminaries of the 100 meter dash, Chris Lawson set the tone for the Chants with a personal record setting time of 10.54 to qualify for Saturday's final. The time would have been good enough to break the Coastal Carolina record in the event; however, the wind reading of 3.3 exceeds the NCAA limit and the record will not be counted. Junior Corey Jameson finished just off Lawson's pace with a person-best 10.56 in the third heat to also earn a place in the finals.
Also competing in the 100 meters on the day was Lenny Steed who crossed the finish line in 10.69 in the fourth heat. Freshman Tyler Askew set a new personal record with a 10.70 in the event while Ronnie Jackson, also a freshman, reestablished his personal best with a 10.87.
Russel Kanner, a South Aiken High School product, continued the trend as he set a personal record on the day with a 15.14 in the second preliminary heat of the 110 meter hurdles.
The long jump saw junior Chad Phillips and freshman Raheen Frederick place fourth and fifth, respectively. Phillips finished with a final distance of 6.97m (22-10.50) on his fourth jump of the day. Frederick's leap of 6.90m (22-07.75) also came on his fourth jump after fouling on his second and third attempts.
The second and final day of the North Florida Invitational will start at Noon on Saturday with the women's discus and conclude around 4:45 p.m. with the men's 4x400 meter relay.