OFF TO WINTHROP: Coastal Carolina’s men’s and women’s track and field teams head to Rock Hill, S.C. for the Asics/Winthrop Invitational. This will be the teams’ first of two trips to the Irwin Belk Track and Field Facility as the New Balance Big South Championships will also be hosted by Winthrop April 17-19. The women’s competition begins Thursday, March 27 with the first day of the multi events, while the men start competing on Friday.
MEN SLATED TO COMPETE: Head Coach Jeff Jacobs has entered 28 athletes in the Asics/Winthrop Invitational.
HOME SWEET CCU TRACK: Coastal Carolina’s men’s and women’s track and field teams have one final home meet remaining on the schedule for the 2008 season as both teams host the Chanticleer Classic April 12. Both teams have already hosted the CCU Invitational March 14-15 and the Shamrock Invitational March 20-22, while the men also held Battle of the Beach IV March 2 at the CCU Track.
MEN TOPPING THE BIG SOUTH: Four Chants hold top times or marks in the Big South. Among those leading the conference are redshirt senior Thomas Jordan (javelin), junior Tyrone Murphy (400-meter hurdles), sophomore Jack Hutchison (decathlon) and freshman Keith Graham (long jump).
MEN HAVE 22 TOP-10 FINISHES AT SHAMROCK INVITATIONAL: Coastal’s men’s track and field team registered 22 top-10 finishes in 14 events at the Shamrock Invitational March 20-22. Among those finishes was a first-place showing in the javelin from redshirt senior Thomas Jordan, who was competing in his first meet of the season.
TWO MORE MEN HEADED TO REGIONALS: Redshirt senior Thomas Jordan and senior Jake Edelman became the fifth and sixth Chants to earn a berth to the NCAA East Regional Championships, reaching qualifying standards at the Shamrock Invitational. Jordan qualified for his fourth regional championships in the javelin with a mark of 212’6” (64.77m), surpassing the qualifying standard of 202’9” (61.80m) by 9’9” (2.97m). Meanwhile, Edelman had a regional-qualifying mark of 187’9” (57.24m) en order to become the second Chant to qualify for the hammer throw this season. The NCAA Regional standard for the hammer throw is 186’4” (56.80m).
CHAMPIONS HIGHLIGHT SHAMROCK FIELD: In addition to the collegiate athletes, a national champion and a world champion competed at the Shamrock Invitational. Current CCU volunteer assistant coach and former standout Amber Campbell, a two-time USA Indoor National Champion in the weight throw, won the hammer throw with a mark of 224’8” (68.49m). Additionally, Campbell’s mark met the United State Track and Field “A” Standard for the USA Track and Field Olympic Trials that will be held June 27-July 6 in Eugene, Ore. Meanwhile, Bershawn Jackson, the 2005 World Outdoor Champion in the 400-meter hurdles, finished third in the 800 meters with a time of 1:53.50 and also ran on the GW Express ‘A’ 4x400-meter relay teams.
MEN RECORD 11 TOP-FIVE PERFORMANCES AT CCU INVITATIONAL: The Chanticleers had 11 top-five finishes at the CCU Invitational March 14-15. Among those top-five performances were first place finishes in the 110-meter hurdles (sophomore Jack Hutchison) and the 4x100-meter relay (redshirt senior Dee Stokes, freshman Ryan Edlich, junior Tyrone Murphy and sophomore Jerome St. Bernard) as well as the top collegiate finisher in the long jump (Edlich).
HUTCHISON WINS 110 HURDLES, RECLAIMS RECORD: Not only did sophomore Jack Hutchison claim the 110-meter hurdle title at the CCU Invitational with a time of 14.50, he also reclaimed the CCU program record. Hutchison’s former personal best time of 14.71 was CCU’s top 110-meter hurdle time until sophomore Ben Wheeler broke the record at Battle of the Beach IV March 2 with a time of 14.54.
WATSON TIES CCU HIGH JUMP MARK: In just three meets, redshirt freshman Jacques Watson has tied Coastal’s high jump record. Watson cleared 6’8.75” (2.05m) at the CCU Invitational, which matched Jerome Simpson’s program record set in 2006.
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 Murphy, junior 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.
MURPHY SETS NEW PROGRAM, MEET RECORD: Junior Tyrone Murphy broke his own 400-meter hurdle record at Battle of the Beach as well as set a new meet record. Murphy ran 52.17, which was .30 faster than his previous CCU record of 52.47 and 1.63 faster than the previous Battle of the Beach record of 53.80.
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.