Men's Track and Field Starts Outdoor Season with Battle of the Beaches VI
March 5, 2010
The Coastal Carolina University men’s outdoor track and field team will open the 2010 outdoor season looking to its recapture title at the Battle of the Beaches VI in Conway, S.C., Saturday, March 5. In last years meet, rival UNC Wilmington won 110-100, giving the Seahawks a 3-2 lead in the series. Last season’s meet, Kyle Kling won both the 1500-meter and 3000-meter races as a true freshman, and Jacques Watson cleared 6’10.25” to win the High Jump. Other 2009 event winners that return for 2010 include Jason Jensen (hammer throw) and Jason Flanagan (javelin). Also competing in this year’s edition of the meet will be The Citadel and Slippery Rock University (PA). This will be the first of three home meets for the Chanticleers.
The Chanticleers will open the 2010 season on Saturday, March 6 in the Battle of the Beach VI at home. After a third place finish in the Big South Conference Championships last season, the Chanticleers are returning a batch of proven talent and hoping promising newcomers will fill their roles on the team. Highlighting the returning class is redshirt-junior Jacques Watson, senior Jack Hutchison, redshirt-sophomore Corey Jameson, sophomor Kyle Kling and sophomore Jason Jensen.
Watson broke the Big South Conference record in the high jump at 7’ 3.25” at the Florida Relays last season, qualifying him for NCAA Regionals. Watson is a two-time NCAA National qualifier, and twice finished 3rd in the NCAA East Region meet. Watson won two of the three indoor meets he competed in 2010 and cleared an indoor personal best 7’ 1.75” at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup.
Hutchison is the reigning Big South Champion in the 110-meter hurdles and holds the Coastal Carolina school record in the event with a time of 14.46. Hutchison was also an All-Conference finisher in the 400-meter hurdles last season and will see action in both the 4x100 meter and 4x400-meter relays in 2010. Hutchison posted the fastest 60-meter hurdles time in the Big South during the 2009 indoor season with an 8.08 clocking at the Virginia Tech Hokie Invitational.
Jameson leads a deep sprint group into the 2010 campaign. Jameson won the 2009 Big South Championship in the 100 meter dash. He ran a personal best 10.67 in the preliminaries and was also a part of the All-Conference 4x100-meter relay that finished second with a time of 41.20. Jameson ran a school record posting a time of 6.87 for 60-meter indoors at the Tiger Paw Invitational in February.
Top distance returner Kling set a school record last season in the 3,000-meter event, by running a 8:36.31 and winning the Coastal Carolina Invitational. The sophomore set personal bests of 14:31.32 for 5,000 meter at the Penn relays and 3:56.27 for 1500 meter to win the Chanticleer Classic last season. Kling already lowered his 3,000-meter best to 8:34.58 indoors at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup in 2010.
Jensen leads the throwing squad. Jensen earned Junior All-American status in 2009, with his sixth place finish at the USATF Junior (under 20) National Championship in the hammer throw. Jensen’s personal best of 179’ 4” in the hammer came at the Penn Relays. In the indoor season, Jensen suprised everyone in the indoor season by throwing a 61’11” in the weight throw, good for first place in the competitive Sykes-Sabock Challenge at Penn State University.
The Chanticleers welcome three top-newcomers to the squad. Jerry Ntumba from Olympia High School in Greece, N.Y., was an All-New York State High Jumper (6’ 9”). Jarod Williams from Louisville High School, was All-Ohio State in the 1600 meter with a time of 4:16 and has already proven himself as a competitive cross country runner in the 2009 season. Running mid-distance will be Stevie Brunson of Sumter High School in S.C., was am All-South Carolina State selection in the 800 meter with a time of 1:58.00.
Chanticleers Participate in Three Indoor Meets
The men’s track and field team participated in the first day of Virginia Tech Indoor Invitational on Friday, January 15 in Blacksburg, Va. The Chanticleers sent 14 athletes that weekend, with three placing in the top-15 on the first day. Redshirt-junior Jacques Watson highlighted the day for the Chants by winning the high jump event with a mark of 7’00.25”, tying a career-best in indoor. Senior Jack Hutchison had a great start to the season, placing eighth in a very competitive 60-meter hurdle final with a time of 8.08. In the weight throw, sophomore Jason Jensen had a team-best fourth- place finish with a throw of 57-05.00”. Sophomore Corey Jameson had a strong showing, running a 6.99 in the 60-meter dash to take a 15th-place finish out of 34 participants. Junior Ross Graves also participated in the event, jumping a 6’04.75”.
SYKES-SABOCK CHALLENGE CUP
The Coastal Carolina men’s track and field team finished ninth with six top-10 finishers in a highly competitive Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup on Saturday, Feb. 6. Jason Jensen highlighted the first day by winning the weight throw, clearing a mark of 61’11”. Jensen beat his personal-best by nearly four feet. In the 60-meter hurdles, Jack Hutchison tied for third place with a time of 8.24. Kyle Kling set a school record in the 3000 meters with a time of 8:34.58, finishing in 12th place. The Chanticleers’ distance relay team of John Heron, Travis Owens, Stevie Brunson and Kling took fifth place with a 10:20.95 on the first day. On the second day of competition, Jacques Watson placed second in the high jump, clearing 7’1.75”. Burton Jones led the Chants in the triple jump, placing sixth, 46’11’.
CLEMSON TIGER PAW INVITATIONAL
The Coastal Carolina men’s track and field team participated in the Clemson Tiger Paw Invitational on Friday and Saturday Feb. 12-13 in Clemson, S.C. On the first day of competition, the Chanticleers had 11 top-ten finishers and six in the top-five. Highlighting day one was Jacques Watson winning the high jump, clearing 6’.10.25”. Ross Graves placed ninth with a jump of 6’4.25”. Continuing success in the field events, Jason Jensen threw for 58’.8” in the weight throw, taking fourth place. In the long jump, Burton Jones grabbed ninth place with a jump of 21’10.75” meters. In the running events, Jack Hutchison took third place in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles, running a time of 8.10. Corey Jameson qualified for the finals of the 60-meter dash and finished in fifth place with a time of 6.87. In the 500-meter dash, Stevie Brunson and Jacob Scheuer placed third and fourth, respectively. Brunson ran for 1:06.94, while Scheuer followed at 1:07.22. In the second day of events, the Chanticleers kept rolling along with three top-10 finishes. The distance medley relay squad was the highlight of the day as the team of Heron, Williams, Tymzcak and Kling took second place just behind Samford with a time of 10:17.51. The Chanticleers continued in the mid-distance relay events with Levy taking eighth place in the 300-meter dash with a time of 36.59. In the field portion of the day, Burton Jones took second in the triple jump with a leap of 47’8.75”.
2009 Cross Country Notebook
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY FINISHES THIRD IN BIG SOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP: The men’s cross country team placed third at the Big South Championship Saturday morning, Oct. 31 at Winston-Salem, N.C. The Chanticleers finished the race with a total of 59 points, while Liberty won the meet with 33 points and host High Point came in second with 46 points. Placing in fourth overall and first for the Chanticleers was senior Jamie McCarthy at 25:49. Sophomore Kyle Kling followed in fifth place with a time of 25:56 and redshirt-junior Max Hacker placed sixth with a time of 26:10, the highest he’s ever finished in the meet. For their efforts, McCarthy, Kling and Hacker earned All-Conference honors. Kling also garnered honors on the All-Conference Academic Team. Chanticleer senior Ryan Caputo finished with a time of 27:15 in 20th place, finishing 30 places ahead of last year’s result. Freshman Jarod Williams finished with a time of 27:28 in 24th place, rounding out the scoring for the Chanticleers. Josh Tormasi came in sixth for the Chants in 37th place with a time of 28:00, while David Mead finished in 50th place at 29:06. Spencer Lange was the final Chanticleer runner, placing 70th at 31:26.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY PLACES FOURTH IN BLUE RIDGE OPEN: The men’s cross country team finished fourth out of 14 teams at the Blue Ridge Open, Oct. 16, at Boone, N.C. in a muddy 8k race hosted by Appalachian State. The Chanticleers placed ahead of fellow Big South schools VMI, UNC Asheville, and Radford. However, conference-foe High Point won the open. Sophomore Kyle Kling finished first for the Chanticleers, placing eighth at 25:25.35. Senior Jamie McCarthy finished in 17th place running his season-best at 25:37.87. Following McCarthy in 37th place, was redshirt-junior Max Hacker at 26:08.08. Freshman Jarod Williams ran a personal best time of 26:19.77, placing 51st.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY COMPETES IN PAUL SHORT RUN: The men’s cross country team completed the Brooks Paul Short Run (8k) in Bethlehem, Pa., Friday, Oct. 2 in the highly competitive gold race. The Chanticleers finished 38th overall out of 42 teams. Indiana grabbed the team title with four of its runners placing in the top eight. Also representing the Big South in the race was VMI, who finished one place behind the Chanticleers in 39th. Sophomore Kyle Kling was the top finisher for the Chanticleers placing 37th with a personal best time of 24:27.
CHANTICLEERS WIN THE HOME INVITATIONAL: The Coastal Carolina men’s cross country team placed 1-2-3 to earn its second consecutive first-place finish at the fifth annual 6k Coastal Carolina Invitational on Sept. 18. Senior Jamie McCarthy placed first with a time of 19:13.71, followed by fellow senior Ryan Caputo 32 seconds later, with junior Max Hacker rounding out the top three with a time of 20:03.10.
CHANTICLEERS WIN THE GAMECOCK OPEN: For the second year in a row, the Coastal Carolina University men’s cross country team won the opening meet of the season, capturing the team title at the Gamecock Open 5k with five of the seven Chanticleers finishing in the top eight. Sophomore Kyle Kling claimed the individual crown with a time of 15:19.39. Not far behind was freshman Jarod Williams, who finished third with a time of 15:42.74. Last year’s Gamecock Open winner, senior Jamie McCarthy finished fourth overall with his time of 15:44.40. Redshirt junior Max Hacker finished sixth overall at 15:55.27.
KLING BIG SOUTH TWO-TIME RUNNER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore Kyle Kling was named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week twice this season for the weeks of Sept. 10 and Oct. 7. Kling won the Gamecock Open (5k) with a time of 15:19.39 Friday, Sept. 4 in Columbia, S.C. Kling earned the accolade a second time when he placed 37th out of 386 in the Paul Short Run with a personal-best time of 24:27, cutting 44 seconds off of his previous 8k time. Kling had the best finish and time of any Chanticleer that has ever participated in the Paul Short Run.