RALEIGH, N.C. -- With 78 collegiate and another 20-plus post-collegiate squads competing at the nationally-renowned Raleigh Relays, the Coastal Carolina men's track and field teams had an individual event winner on the first day of competition, Mar. 24.
For the men, senior Mark Johnson (North Myrtle Beach, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) added to his school legacy in the pole vault, winning the title with a leap of 5.05m (16' 6.75"). Freshman Tyrone Murphy (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman) placed fifth in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles 53.47. Coastal had two in the top 10 in the discus as junior Tommy Sugishita (Arroyo Grande, Calif./Arroyo Grande (Moorpark JC)) was with a throw of 47.08m (154' 5") while freshman Eric Singleton (Beaufort, S.C./Beaufort) was 10th at 44.62m (146' 5"). Junior Marcus Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C./Orangeburg-Wilkinson (Claffin)) posted a season-best of 6.71m (22' 0.25") in the long jump.
In 5,000-meter "A" race, senior Nelson Oliveira (Coimbra, Portugal/Quintas das Flores) finished 12th with a personal-best time of 14:29.99, the third-best all time at Coastal. Junior Doug Currie (Sarnia, Ontario/Sarnia Northern) placed 19th in "A" race with a season-best time of 14:42.42. In the 5,000-meter "B" race, freshman Jamie McCarthy (Riverstick, Ireland/North Monastery) was third with a time of 14:34.31, also a personal best and No. 5 all-time at Coastal. Sophomore Jake Morris (Aiken, S.C./Aiken) finished 15th in the 10,000 meters with personal best of 32:27.73, surpassing his old mark by over 20 seconds.
The final day of the Raleigh Relays is Sat., Mar. 25.