CONWAY, S.C.-Coastal Carolinas mens and womens track and field teams will split up on the road this weekend to participate in three events.
The majority of the team is going to the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C. hosted by North Carolina State. The two-day Raleigh event will kick off at 10 a.m. Friday, Mar. 25 with the mens 10,000 meters and the mens discus. The second day of action is set to begin at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Mar. 26 with the 3,000m steeplechase. The day is expected to conclude at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 26. with the womens 4x400m relay.
Among the other schools competing at the Raleigh Relays are Duke, Michigan (men), Minnesota (men), North Carolina, South Florida, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech. The other Big South schools expected to attend include Radford, High Point and UNC-Asheville.
Two of CCUs distance runners, seniors Terah Kipchiris (Kitale, Kenya/Saboti Secondary (Kenyatta) and Anne Marie Moutsinga (Galati, Romania/Radu Negru) are traveling to Palo Alto, Calif. to run at the Stanford Invitational. Kipchiris and Moutsinga are running Friday, Mar. 25 at the Stanford Invitational at 8:30 p.m. and 9:50 p.m. est. respectively, in the 10,000 meters. They are competing against some of the best distance runners in the collegiate ranks in each event.
In addition two members of CCUs mens track and field team, junior Mark Johnson (North Myrtle Beach, S.C./North Myrtle Beach), the defending NCAA East Regional Champion, and sophomore Tim Roa (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) are headed to Gainesville, Fla. to pole vault at the Florida Relays, Saturday, Mar. 26 at 12 p.m.
The Coastals womens track and field team had a great meet at the Shamrock Invitational with four regional qualifiers. Junior throwers Tamara Bryant (Pasadena, Calif./La Salle (Moorpark Community College)) and Brittany Reid (McKinney, Texas/Rowlett (Coffeyville JC)) both reached NCAA Outdoor Regional Qualifying standards with their career best discus throws of 49.18m/1614" and 48.05m/1578", respectively. Javelin thrower sophomore Dana Sizemore (Gibbstown, N.J./Paulsboro) also had an NCAA Regional Qualifying throw of 43.98m/1443".
Sophomore Chasity Johnson (North Charleston, S.C.), in her first outdoor meet of the season, won the triple jump while setting a new school, conference and personal record. Her triple jump of 13.01m/428.25" was also a NCAA Regional Qualifying mark.
Senior Kendall White (Columbia, S.C./Richland Northeast) (400m) and Mark Johnson (pole vault) were both event champions for the men program at the Shamrock Invitational.