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Men's Track & Field Competes In Western Carolina Invitational This Week

Men's Track & Field Competes In Western Carolina Invitational This Week

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COASTAL TRACK & FIELD COMPETES IN WESTERN CAROLINA INVITATIONAL: Coastal Carolina’s Men’s Track & Field team will compete in the Western Carolina Invitational Friday, March 31 and Saturday April 1. There will be six schools competing including Western Carolina, East Tennessee State, UNC Asheville, Charleston Southern, and King College. Competition will begin Friday at 5 p.m.

TOP PERFORMERS IN THE WESTERN CAROLINA INVITATIONAL: Coastal will be highlighted by Mark Johnson in the pole vault, Galen Jones in the hammer and shot put, Jamie McCarthy in the 800m, Doug Currie in the 3,000m, Nelson Oliveira in the 3,000m steeplechase, Tommy Sugishita in the hammer and discus, Aubrey Lemon in the 100m, 200m, 4x100 relay, and the 4x400 relay, and Tyrone Murphy in the 400 intermediate hurdles, 4x100 relay, and 4x400 relay.

RALEIGH RELAY RESULTS: 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.

Senior Mark Johnson added to his school legacy in the pole vault, winning the title with a leap of 5.05m (16’ 6.75"). Freshman Tyrone Murphy placed fifth in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles 53.47. Coastal had two in the top 10 in the discus as junior Tommy Sugishita was with a throw of 47.08m (154’ 5") while freshman Eric Singleton was 10th at 44.62m (146’ 5"). Junior Marcus Johnson posted a season-best of 6.71m (22’ 0.25") in the long jump.

In 5,000-meter "A" race, senior Nelson Oliveira finished 12th with a personal-best time of 14:29.99, the third-best all time at Coastal. Junior Doug Currie placed 19th in "A" race with a season-best time of 14:42.42. In the 5,000-meter "B" race, freshman Jamie McCarthy was third with a time of 14:34.31, also a personal best and No. 5 all-time at Coastal. Sophomore Jake Morris finished 15th in the 10,000 meters with personal best of 32:27.73, surpassing his old mark by over 20 seconds.

The Coastal Carolina men’s track and field teams had numerous top-10 finishes on the final day of the Raleigh Relays, Mar. 25.

Freshman Aubrey Lemon finished second in the 200 meter invitational event, running a time of 22.38. Coastal’s 4x100-relay team of sophomore Daniel Stokes, Lemon, freshman Tyrone Murphy and freshman Jonathan Jeffries finished in seventh in a time of 42.11.

In the throwing events, junior Galen Jones placed third in the hammer throw with a toss of 56.32m (184’ 9"). In the javelin, sophomore Thomas Jordan finished fourth with a throw of 63.82m (209’ 4"), while freshman Kyle Hoddy placed ninth with a distance 55.68m (182’ 8").

BIG SOUTH CONFERNCE LEADERS: The Chanticleers have several members of the track & field team on the Big South Conference top preformance list for the 2006 season. Freshman Aubrey Lemon holds the third spot on the Big South Conference records in the 100m with a 10.71 Daniel Stokes is in fifth with a 10.86. Lemon also holds second in the 200m with a 21.79. Senior Nelson Oliveira holds the third spot in the 800m with a 1:55.29 as well as the top spot in the 5,000m with a personal-best time of 14:29.99. Oliveira also holds the best time in the 3,000m steeplechase. Freshman Jamie McCarthy holds the second spot in the 5,000m while junior Doug Currie holds the third. Sophomore Jake Morris holds the top spot in the 10,000m with a time of 32:27.73, joined by teammate Timmy Supplee who holds the seventh position. Senior Mark Johnson holds the top pole vaulting result with a 16’ 6.75" recorded at three meets this season. Redshirt sophomore Thomas Jordan holds the javelin record in the conference with a 224’ 2". Junior Tommy Sugishita leads the discus throw with a 162’ 11.5" and is in third for the hammer throw with a 177’ 4.5". Junior Galen Jones is in second in the hammer throw with a 56.48m.