Men's Track and Field Has Solid Performance at CCU Invitational
Three Chanticleers Win Individual Events
Conway, S.C.- The Coastal Carolina mens and womens track and field teams opened up its 2007 home outdoor season as they hosted the CCU Invite on Friday and Saturday, March 9-10. The Chanticleers had a very successful day with three individual champions including freshman Jack Hutchison (Chester, M.D./Kent Island) breaking the school record in the 110-meter-hurdles with a time of 14.74. Hutchinsons first place finish was his first time running the event in a Coastal uniform.
Also competing in the 110-meter-hurdles with Hutchison was Ben Wheeler (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg) who finished third with a time of 15.00. and Jim Chmelik (Westlake, Ohio/St. Ignatius) placed fourth in 15.13. Kasheem Clifton (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern) was the last Chanticleer to place in the event, finishing sixth at 15.51.
Freshman Jason Lambert (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) won the 200 meter with his time of 21.90. Coastal had six runners finish in the top 10 and had 12 runners compete overall in what Head Coach Jeff Jacobs called one of the most impressive sprinter groups in CCU history. Aubrey Lemon (Goose Creek, S.C./Stratford) placed fourth in 22.20, Javarius Phelps (Greenwood, S.C./Greenwood) earned fifth place in 22.21 while Hutchison and Wheeler both finished sixth with a time of 22.22. Alex Levy (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley (The Citadel)) finished tenth with a time of 22.55.
The other first place winner came in the 5,000 meters when senior Doug Currie (Sarnia, Ontario/Sarnia Northern) crossed the finish line at 14:52.37 while Jamie McCarthy (Riverstick, Cork Co., Ireland/North Monastery) finished second in 15:01.79. The next two Chanticleers were both freshman, running their first 5,000 meter race of their career, John Heron (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) finished third with a time of 15:02.32 and Max Hacker (Hazelwood, Mo./Hazelwood West) placed fifth in 15:21.56. Blair Paul (Queenston, Ontario/Sir Winston Churchill) had a personal-best race with his sixth place finish in 15:23.43. Jake Morris (Aiken, S.C./Aiken) and Timmy Supplee (Columbia, S.C./Irmo) also competed finishing ninth and 15th, respectively. Morris finished in 15:32.99 and Supplee crossed the line at 16:05.46.
The 4x400-meter-relay team of Tyrone Murphy (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman), Ben Wheeler, Aubrey Lemon and Alex Levy finished fourth out of 24 teams with a time of 3:15.88. This finish also places them fourth on the CCU All-Time list. The 4x100-meter-relay team consisting of Jarvarius Phelps (Greenwood, S.C./Greenwood), Ben Wheeler, Aubrey Lemon and Alex Levy finished second out of eight teams, losing for the second week in a row to UNC Wilmington. The team finished with a time of 41.93.
In other running events, Lemon finished third in the 100-meters with a time of 10.94. Marshawn Martin (Columbia, S.C./Richland Northeast (South Carolina State)) finished fifth in the 400-meters in 49.08 and Murphy finished 14th in 50.29. Ryan Caputo (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) placed sixth in the 3,000-meters with a time of 9:23.44 while Korey Larson (Sanbam, NY/Niagara Wheatfield (Erie CC)) finished 11th in the 1,500 meters in 4:07.97.
Kyle Hoddy (Griswold, C.T./Griswold) placed second in the javelin with a throw of 19311" (59.10m).
Jason Lambert finished ninth in the high jump clearing 60 3/4" (1.85m) while Steve Harmon (Columbia, S.C./Irmo) placed seventh in the pole vault clearing 131 1/2" (4.00m) and Alex Levy finished 12th clearing 121 1/2" (3.70m).
The Chanticleers had four athletes compete in the long jump with Marcus Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C./Orangeburg-Wilkinson (Claffin)) finishing the highest. Johnson placed fourth with a jump of 221 3/4" (6.75m). Lambert finished sixth with his leap of 218 1/4" (6.61m) with Boyce Bivings (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg) placing 11th in 21 0 3/4" (6.42m) and Trevino Pope (McCormick, S.C./First Presbyterian Day (Alabama)) placed 14th in 20 4 1/2" (6.21m).
Jacob Edelman (Dryden, NY/Dryden) placed 12th in the shot put with his heave of 451 3/4" (13.76m) while Dorian Johnson (Camden, S.C./Camden) finished 26th with a throw of 393 3/4" (11.97m).
Tommy Sugishita (Arroyo Grande, Calif./Arroyo Grande (Moorpark JC)) finished third in the discus with a throw of 1613" (49.15m) while Eric Singleton (Beaufort, S.C./Beaufort) set a personal-best throw of 1585" (48.28m) which garnered him fourth place. Dorian Johnson finished fourth with a launch of 1478" (45.00m) while Chris Abercrombie (Mauldin, S.C./Mauldin (Charleston Southern)) finished 11th with a throw of 1433" (43.67m) and Edelman placed 17th in 1311" (39.96m).
Sugishita also finished fifth in the hammer throw with a throw of 1713" (52.21m) while Edelman placed seventh in 1604" (48.88m). Abercrombie finished 10th with a throw of 1367" (41.64m).
"I felt like we took a very positive step forward from last weekend," Jacobs commented. "We still have a few more steps to go before the Big South Championships at Liberty but were at full strength right now and Im proud of our team today."