Wimington, N.C.-The Coastal Carolina mens and womens track and field team began the outdoor season by earning a split decision as the women captured the team crown and the men placed second on Saturday, Mar. 5 in the inaugural "Battle of the Beach" against University of North Carolina Wilmington at the Harold Greene Track and Field Complex.
Coastals womens team was led to the 107-92 victory by junior thrower Tamara Bryant (Pasadena, Calif./La Salle (Moorpark C.C.)) who won two of her three events with individual victories in the discus (46.54m) and the womens hammer throw (52.17m).The discus throws qualifies as the second best throw in the event in school history. Fellow junior thrower Brittany Reid (McKinney, Texas/Rowlett (Coffeyville JC) also had a strong meet as she was the shot put champion (13.88m) and placed second in the weight throw (49.86m) and third in the discus (43.20m) all are career bests and rankamong the top three in school history.
Freshman DeMiracle Washington (Irmo, S.C./Irmo) also did well in her first outdoor meet of the season as she won the triple jump and placed second in the 200m dash and the long jump.
Other Coastal womens athletes that posted individual victories include freshman Christina Mohr (Ulmen, Germany/Geschwister-Scholl-Gymnasium) (800m), seniors Kim Nemergut (Youngstown, Ohio/South Range) (1,500m) and senior Anne Marie Moutsinga (Galati, Romania/Radu Negru) (3,000m) and junior Jessica Goeden (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids) (3,000m steeplechase). Coastals distance medley team also won its event.
Coastals mens team placed second to UNCW 105-98. Leading the mens team was senior Terah Kipchiris (Kitale, Kenya/Saboti Secondary (Kenyatta) who won the 3,000m (8:47.04) and the 3,000m steeplechase (9:13.17).
Junior Marcus Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C./Orangeburg-Wilkinson (Clafin)) had two individual victories for CCU as he won the long jump (7.10m) and the triple jump (14.33m). The long jump mark is a personal best and a school record.
Junior Mark Johnson (North Myrtle Beach, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) set a new school record and won the pole vault with his 5.29m. Other CCU men with individual victories include junior Taylor McFadden (Chester, Va./Thomas Dale) with a 1.98m in the high jump and sophomore Thomas Jordan (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) in the javelin, 57.92m. Coastal mens distance medley team also won its event.
Both the mens and womens squads will next be in action next weekend, Mar. 11-12, with its home opener in the CCU Invitational.