CONWAY, S.C.-The Coastal Carolina mens and womens track and field team will begin the outdoor season this weekend with the inaugural "Battle of the Beach" against University of North Carolina Wilmington, Saturday, Mar. 5 at the Harold Greene Track and Field Complex.
The one day event will begin with the field events at 11 a.m. followed by the running events at 1 p.m. This is the first year of the rotating event with next years meet slated for Conway, S.C.
The event was a collective idea between Coastals womens track and field head coach Alan Connie and the Wilmingtons head coach Jim Sprecher, as a way to promote the sport of track and field in the area. It was felt with the proximity and natural rivalry of the two schools, this would be an excellent manner to begin the outdoor track season.
The winner of the meet will be awarded a three-foot trophy that resembles a surfboard and will be able to keep it for the calendar year. The trophy will rotate to which ever school wins the yearly meet.
Coastals mens team is lead in the meet by 2004 NCAA East Regional Pole Vaulting Champion junior Mark Johnson (North Myrtle Beach, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) who will trying to better his career best and school record marks of 5.26m/173". Also in competition for CCU men is 2004 NCAA National Qualifier and school and conference record holder in the javelin, sophomore Thomas Jordan (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest).
On the womens side senior Anne Marie Moutsinga (Galati, Romania/Radu Negru) will compete for the Lady Chanticleers. Mousinga a two-time Big South Runner of the Year and was the conference champion in the 3,000m , 5,000m and anchored the conference champion distance medley relay team at 2005 Big South Indoor Championship. Also in competition for the Chants will be throwers junior Tamara Bryant (Pasadena, Calif./La Salle (Moorpark Community College)) and freshman Sylvia Galarza (Millville, N.J./Millville). Both had strong indoor seasons capped off by the All-Conference selection of both at the 2005 Big South Indoor Track and Field Championships.
In competion for Wilmington are sophomores Anne Raynor and Zach Ledwell. Raynor was her teams top performer during the indoor season and qualified for the National Indoor Championship in the high jump. Ledwell was the high scorer for the UNC-Wilmington mens program during the indoor season and is expected to race in the high hurdles, intermediate hurdles, 400m relay and the 1,600m relay.
Both the mens and womens squads will next be in action next weekend, Mar. 11-12, with their home opener in the CCU Invitational.