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Men's Track and Field Holds First Home Invitational of the Season This Weekend

Men's Track and Field Holds First Home Invitational of the Season This Weekend

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HOME SWEET CCU TRACK: Coastal Carolina’s men’s and women’s track and field teams will host three invitationals at the CCU Track during the 2008 season, starting with this weekend’s CCU Invitational March 14-15. Both teams will also host the three-day Shamrock Invitational (March 20-22) and the Chanticleer Classic (April 12).

PERFORMANCE LIST AND FINAL SCHEDULE POSTED: The performance list and the final schedule for this weekend’s CCU Invitational has been posted to both the men’s and women’s track and field’s websites on www.GoCCUSports.com.

MEN SLATED TO COMPETE: Head Coach Jeff Jacobs has entered over 30 athletes in the CCU Invitational.

MEN WIN FOUR AT BUCCANEER INVITATIONAL: The Chanticleers swept the relay events and won the shot put and the high jump at the Buccaneer Invitational Saturday, March 9. The 4x100-meter relay team of sophomore Ben Wheeler, freshman Ryan Edlich, junior Tyrone Murphy and sophomore Jerome St. Bernard clocked a winning time of 41.80. The winning 4x400-meter relay team of juniors Tyrone Murphy and Jarvarius Phelps, freshman Ross Graves and sophomore Jack Hutchison ran 3:20.60.
In the field, senior Jake Edelman claimed the shot put title with a season-best mark of 49’11.25” (15.22m). Redshirt freshman Jacques Watson came out on top in the high jump with a winning mark of 6’2” (1.88m).

CHANTS TAKE 1-2-3 IN THE SHOT PUT: Coastal Carolina swept the top three places in the shot put at the Buccaneer Invitational March 9. Senior Jake Edelman had a winning mark of 49’11.25” (15.22m), while redshirt junior Chris Abercrombie was second with a throw of 46’7.25” (14.20m). Redshirt senior Galen Jones rounded out the Chants in the event, taking third with a mark of 46’5.25” (14.15m).

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: After the first meet of the season, four Chants have punched already 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-meter 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.