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Men's Track and Field to Compete in Two Meets This Weekend

Men's Track and Field to Compete in Two Meets This Weekend

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SPLITTING SQUADS: Both Coastal Carolina’s men’s and women’s track and field teams will send athletes to two meets April 4-5.  Part of the men and women will travel to Gainesville, Fla., for the Pepsi Florida Relays, while others venture to Durham, N.C. for the Duke Asics Invitational.

MEN SLATED TO COMPETE: Head Coach Jeff Jacobs has entered 16 athletes in the Pepsi Florida Relays and 13 athletes in the Duke Asics Invitational.

MEN TOPPING THE BIG SOUTH: Five 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), redshirt freshman Jacques Watson (high jump) and freshman Keith Graham (long jump).

WATSON BREAKS RECORDS, QUALIFIES FOR NCAA REGIONALS: Redshirt freshman Jacques Waston broke both Coastal’s and the Irwin Belk Track record and qualified for the NCAA East Regional Championships with his 7’0.5” (2.15m) showing at the Asics/Winthrop Invitational. He is the first ever athlete to clear seven feet in Coastal history. Prior to the Asic/Winthrop Invitational, Watson was tied for CCU’s program record with Jerome Simpson with a 6’8.75” (2.05m) mark. Additionally, the Sumter, S.C., native is the seventh Chanticleer to reach an NCAA qualifying mark as his high jump mark surpassed the standard of 6’10.75” (2.10m).

AND THE RECORD BELONGS TO WHEELER AGAIN: Sophomore Ben Wheeler reclaimed Coastal’s 110-meter hurdle record at the Asics/Winthrop Invitational, running 14.49 in the prelims and breaking classmate Jack Hutchison’s record of 14.50 that was set at the CCU Invitational. Between Wheeler and Hutchison, Coastal’s 110-meter hurdle record has been broken three times already this season with Wheeler initally breaking it at the Battle of the Beach IV.

MURPHY WINS!: Junior Tyrone Murphy captured his second 400-meter hurdle individual title of the season by winning the event at the Asics/Winthrop Invitational. Murphy ran a top time of 52.47.  His first 400-meter hurldle title of the 2008 season came at the Battle of the Beach IV, where he ran a regional qualifying time and CCU’s record time of 52.17.

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 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).

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 juniors Murphy and Jarvarius Phelps, freshman Ross Graves and sophomore Jack Hutchison ran 3:20.60.
     In the field, senior Jake Edelman won the shot put title with a then-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.