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Men's Track & Field Hosts The Shamrock Invitational This Week

Men's Track & Field Hosts The Shamrock Invitational This Week

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COASTAL TRACK & FIELD HOSTS SHAMROCK INVITATIONAL: Coastal Carolina’s Men’s Track & Field team will host the Shamrock Invitational Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18. The Chanticleers will host 26 teams including East Carolina, Minnesota, Iowa, Iona, American, Dayton and Big South rival Charleston Southern. Competition will begin at 2 p.m., Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.

JORDAN NAMED BIG SOUTH ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Coastal Carolina’s Thomas Jordan was named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men’s Track & Field Athlete of the Week, announced Wednesday, March 8.

Jordan, a redshirt sophomore from Lebanon, Pa., opened up the 2006 outdoor track season with an NCAA regional qualifying toss of 227" 5’ (68.33 meters) in the javelin to win the title at the Battle of the Beach, Saturday, March 4. Jordan was the Big South champion in the javelin during the 2004 season, but sat out the 2005 season due to injury.

TOP PERFORMERS IN THE SHAMROCK INVITATIONAL: Coastal will be highlighted by Nelson Oliveira in the mile and 800m, Mark Johnson in the Pole Vault, Thomas Jordan in the javelin, Tommy Sugishita in the hammer and discus, Jamie McCarthy in the mile, Doug Currie in the mile, Galen Jones in the shot put and the hammer, Marcus Johnson in the long jump competition, and Aubrey Lemon in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay, and the 4x400m relay.

CCU INVITATIONAL RESULTS: The Coastal Carolina men’s track and field team crowned a pair of champions on the opening day of the CCU Invitational, Mar. 10.

In the men’s 10,000 meters, senior Johnny Mitchell posted a personal-best time of 33:07.82 to win the event by over 14 seconds. The other event champion was freshman Kyle Hoddy, who won his first collegiate javelin competition with a throw of 59.21m (194’3"), the third-best performance in CCU history.

In the hammer throw, Coastal had two finish in the fop four, as junior Galen Jones finished third with a personal-best throw of 56.28m (184’8"). It was the second-best throw in Coastal history and good enough to qualify Jones for the NCAA East Regional. Junior Tommy Sugishita placed fourth with a toss of 54.07m (177’5"), also a personal best and the fourth-longest throw in school annals. Sophomore Jacob Edelman also had a personal best in the event, throwing 45.78m (150’2") to place 10th.

In the second day of competition, Aubrey Lemon finished second in the 100m with a time of 10.71 which is third of CCU’s all-time list. Lemon also finished third in the 200m with a time of 21.85, being fourth on CCU’s all-time.

Mark Johnson won the pole vault with a 16’ 1". Tyrone Murphy finished first in the men’s 400 high hurdles with a 53.22 which is second on CCU’s all-time list.