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Men's Track & Field Begins Competition This Week

Men's Track & Field Begins Competition This Week

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COASTAL TRACK & FIELD HOSTS BATTLE OF THE BEACH: Coastal Carolina Men’s Track & Field will start their 2006 season on Saturday March 4 in a dual meet against UNC Wilmington. The opening meet will be the first of four home events that the Chanticleers will host this 2006 Track & Field season. The first meet of the season, named "Battle of the Beach", is the second annual dual meet against UNC Wilmington. Last season, the Seahawks took the championship on the men’s side, but this year the Chanticleers will look to reverse that result with the advantage of being at home.

HOME SEASON SCHEDULE: After this first home meet, CCU Track & Field will host two spring break meets, on March 10-11, and March 17-18. These meets will include schools such as American, Liberty, Iona, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota. The Chanticleers will also be hosting the 2006 Big South Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship on April 20-22.

GOING INTO THE SEASON: Coastal was the 2003 Big South Champion, and runner up for the last two seasons, but this season the Chanticleers hope to dethrone Liberty. Coastal Carolina Track & Field will also travel to prestigious Track & Field meets such as the 112th Annual Penn Relays (the oldest Track & Field meet in U.S.) and the Raleigh Relays.

TOP RETURNEES:

Mark Johnson (North Myrtle Beach/Myrtle Beach): Senior and team captain. Holds the school and Big South Conference record in Pole Vault, and three-time conference champion. Johnson was Coastal Carolina’s first NCAA All-American.

Marcus Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C./Orangeburg-Wilkinson (Claffin): Junior and team captain. Johnson was All-Conference in the triple jump during the 2004 season.

Nelson Oliveira (Comibra, Portugal/Quinta das Flores) Senior and team captain. Oliveira was a two-time All-Conference member during the 2005 season.

Thomas Jordan ((Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest): 2004 NCAA qualifier and Big South Conference champion in javelin. Jordan is also the school and conference record holder in javelin.

Galen Jones (Evans, Ga./Lakeside): 2005 NCAA Regional qualifier in the hammer throw.

Doug Currie (Sarnia, Ontario/Sarnia Northern): Holds the school record in the 1500 meters.

Jim Chmelik (Westlake, Ohio/St. Ignatius): Holds the school record in the 100 meter hurdles.

Newcomers:

Jamie McCarthy (Riverstick Ireland, North Monastery): Finished 31st at the 2004 European Junior Cross Country Championships and 14th at the 2005 National Irish Cross Country Championships. McCarthy also finished fourth at the 2004 Junior National Irish Cross Country Championships.

Eric Singleton (Beaufort, S.C./Beaufort): 2005 South Carolina High School AAAA champion in the discus.

Aubrey Lemon (Goose Creek, S.C./Stratford): Three time 100 m finalist in the South Carolina High School AAAA championships.

Tyrone Murphy (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman): Third in the 400 m hurdles in the 2005 AAAA South Carolina Championships with a personal best of 53.01.