Men's Track and Field to Compete at Buccaneer Invitational
OFF TO CHARLESTON: Coastal Carolina’s men’s track and field team and several members of Coastal Carolina’s women’s track and field team will take the short trip to Charleston Southern for the Buccaneer Invitational March 9.
MEN SLATED TO COMPETE: Head Coach Jeff Jacobs has entered 29 athletes to compete at the Buccaneer Invitational.
HOME SWEET CCU TRACK: Coastal Carolina will host three invitationals at the CCU Track during the 2008 season. CCU hosts the two-day CCU Invitational (March 14-15) and the three-day Shamrock Invitational (March 20-22) in back-to-back weekends. The final meet that will take place at the CCU Track will be the Chanticleer Classic April 12.
CHANTS BACK-TO-BACK BATTLE OF THE BEACH CHAMPS: For the second consecutive year, Coastal Carolina has claimed the Battle of the Beach title over UNC Wilmington, defeating the Seahawks 108.5-96.5 at the CCU Track Sunday, March 2. CCU posted four NCAA Regional qualifying marks, broke two school records and won 11 events in the dual meet.
TALLAHASSEE BOUND: Just one meet into the season and four Chants have punched their ticket to the NCAA East Regional Championships being held at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla., as redshirt senior Galen Jones (hammer throw), juniors Kyle Hoddy (javelin) and Tyrone Murphy (400m hurdles) and freshman Keith Graham (long jump) all met regional qualifying standards at Battle of the Beach.
HURDLES RECORDS JUST FALL: Coastal Carolina saw program records in both the 110-meter and the 400-meter hurdles fall at Battle of the Beach. Sophomore Ben Wheeler ran 14.54, breaking Jack Hutchison’s record of 14.71. Junior Tyrone Murphy broke his own 400-meer hurdle record of 52.47 by running 52.17, which was also a new meet record.
LEAPS AND BOUNDS: Freshman Keith Graham won both the long and triple jumps at Battle of the Beach, making him CCU’s only multiple event winner of the meet. Graham leapt 24’1” (7.34m) in the long jump, which matched the NCAA Regional standard and made him just the second Chant to jump at least 24-feet in the long jump. Graham concluded the day with a 46’1.5” (14.06m) mark in the triple jump, which ranks fifth all-time among Coastal’s leaders.
SIMPSON BECOMES FOURTH CHANT TO QUALIFY FOR NATIONALS: With a third place finish in the long jump at the 2007 NCAA East Regional Championships, Jerome Simpson became just the fourth Chanticleer to qualify for the NCAA Track and Field National Championships. Simpson leapt a school record 24’7.25” (7.50m) at Regionals.
JORDAN TAKES SIXTH AT REGIONALS: Competing in just his second meet of the season, redshirt senior Thomas Jordan launched a 221’7” (67.55m) throw in the javelin in order to place sixth at the NCAA East Regionals May 26, 2007. Jordan has competed in the javelin three times at the NCAA East Regionals and has placed no lower than 13th in those three years.
MEN FINISH SECOND AT NEW BALANCE BIG SOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS: Coastal Carolina’s men’s track and field team took second place at the New Balance Big South Men’s Track and Field Championships held at Liberty’s Matthes-Hopkins Complex. The Chanticleers totaled 174 points and saw individual champions in Jerome Simpson (long jump) and redshirt senior Thomas Jordan (javelin).
CHANTS GO 1-2 IN JAVELIN: Redshirt senior Thomas Jordan and junior Kyle Hoddy finished first and second, respectively, at the 2007 New Balance Big South Track and Field Championships. The pair totaled 18 points in the event. Jordan threw 217’9” (66.38m), which set a new facility record at Liberty’s Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex.