ROCK HILL, S.C. -- The Coastal Carolina University men's track and field team wrapped up its first day of competition at the Asics/Winthrop Invitational at Irwin Belk Track & Field Facility Friday, March 28. The Chanticleers saw one school record fall, had four top-10 finishes and eight athletes qualify for their event finals on Saturday.
Sophomore Ben Wheeler (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg) reclaimed Coastal's record in the 110-meter hurdles by clocking 14.49 in the prelims, breaking the previous record of 14.50 set by classmate Jack Hutchison (Chester, Md./Kent Island) two weeks ago at the CCU Invitational. Wheeler also placed third in the prelims in order to earn a spot in the Saturday's 110-meter hurdle finals. Also earning spots in Saturday's finals were Hutchison and sophomore Kasheem Clifton (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern). Hutchison placed fifth with a time of 14.56, while Clifton ran a personal best time of 14.95 and placed eighth.
In the 100-meter dash prelims, junior Jarvarius Phelps (Greenwood, S.C.,/Greenwood), sophomore Jerome St. Bernard (Markham, Ontario, Canada/McGivney (Monmouth) and freshman Ryan Edlich (Virginia Beach, Va./Bishop Sullivan) all qualified for the two-section finals on Saturday. Phelps finished eighth with a personal record time of 19.82. Both St. Bernard and Edlich raced 10.91 and finished tied for 12th.
Coastal had four runners from the 200-meter prelims advance to the finals. Edlich ran CCU's top 200-meter time on Friday, clocking 22.14 and finishing 11th. Junior Tyrone Murphy (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman) was 13th with a time of 22.20. St. Bernard finished 14th in a time of 22.23, while sophomore Alex Levy (Columbia, S.C./Ridgeview) ran 22.26 and placed 15th.
In the 400-meter prelims, Phelps ran a personal record time of 48.14 en route to placing fourth and qualifying for the finals.
In the field events, senior Jake Edelman (Dryden, N.Y./Dryden) set personal records in both the shot put and the hammer throw. Edelman was fifth in the shot put with a mark of 50'11.5" (15.53m), which was a 2.75" (.07m) improvement from his previous best of 50'8.75" (15.46m). He added another career best mark in the hammer throw with a third-place throw of 198'10" (57.87m), which was 11'1" (0.63m) better than her previous personal best of 187'9" (57.24m) set at last weekend's Shamrock Invitational. Meanwhile, redshirt senior Galen Jones (Evans, Ga./Lakeside) had a second-place finish in the hammer throw with a 197'5" (60.17m) mark.
Edlich finished 10th in the long jump with a mark of 21'4.25" (6.51m).
Coastal concludes competition at the Asics/Winthrop Invitational Saturday, March 29. Track events start at 9 a.m., while field events begin at 9:30 a.m.