CONWAY, S.C. -- Coastal Carolina's men's track and field team opened the 2008 season with a 108.5-96.5 victory over UNC Wilmington in the fourth annual Battle of the Beach dual meet Sunday, March 2 at the CCU Track. The Chanticleers registered four NCAA Regional qualifiers, broke two school records and won 11 events, including the events in which CCU had regional qualifiers.
"It was great head-to-head competition today that brought out great results," Head Coach Jeff Jacobs said. "The team showed strength and I'm happy with the results we've had this early in the season. The four regional qualifiers exceeded my expectations."
Redshirt senior Galen Jones (Evans, Ga./Lakeside) was CCU's first regional qualifier as he launched a personal record 199'11" (60.95m) mark in the hammer throw, which was 6'6" (1.99m) better than his previous career best of 193'5" (58.96m) set in 2006. Jones needed to throw at least 186'4" (56.80m) in order to meet the NCAA Regional standard.
Junior Kyle Hoddy (Griswold, Conn./Griswold) met the NCAA Regional qualifying mark in the javelin as he threw 203' (61.89m). The regional mark for the javelin is 202'1" (61.60m).
Junior Tyrone Murphy (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman) not only met the NCAA Regional standard in the 400-meter hurdles, but also broke his own school record. Murphy clocked 52.17, which was .34 faster than the NCAA standard of 52.51 and .30 faster than his previous record best time of 52.47.
Freshman Keith Graham's (Charleston, S.C./West Ashley) long jump mark of 24'1" (7.34m) matched the regional qualifying mark. Additionally, Graham's jump ranks second all-time among CCU's long jump marks as he and former NCAA National Championship long jump qualifier Jerome Simpson are the only two Chants to have a long jump mark over 24' in program history.
Sophomore Ben Wheeler broke Coastal's record in the 110-meter hurdles as he ran 14.54. Wheeler, who placed second, broke Jack Hutchison's record of 14.71 that was set last season as well as took .27 off his previous best time of 14.81.
On the track, sophomore Jerome St. Bernard (Markham, Ontario, Canada/McGivney (Monmouth)) edged out UNC Wilmington's John Carr by .03 in order to win the 100 meters in a time of 10.89. Senior Blair Paul (Queenston, Ontario, Canada/Sir Winston Churchill) ran a race-winning time of 8:49.40 in the 3,000 meters. The 4x100-meter relay team of junior Jarvarius Phelps (Greenwood, S.C./Greenwood), sophomore Alex Levy (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley), St. Bernard and sophomore Matthew Allen (Georgetown, S.C./Georgetown) ran 41.65 en route to winning the race.
In the field events, senior Jake Edelman (Dryden, N.Y./Dryden) won the shot put with a mark of 49'7.75" (15.13m). Redshirt junior Chris Abercrombie (Mauldin, S.C./Mauldin (Charleston Southern)) had a winning mark of 143'7" (43.76m) in the discus. Redshirt freshman Jacques Watson (Sumter, S.C./Sumter) had his best high jump mark of 6'7.5" (2.02m) in order to win the event. Graham won his second event of the day as he registered a 46'1.5" (14.06m) mark in the triple jump.
The Chants return to action Saturday, March 9 when they participate in the Buccaneer Invitational at Charleston Southern. The meet is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.