DURHAM, N.C. and GAINESVILLE, FLA. -- Coastal Carolina's men's track and field team wrapped up competition at both the Duke Asics Invitational at Wallace Wade Stadium and the Pepsi Florida Relays at Percy Beard Track Facility Saturday, April 5. The Chanticleers totaled four career best marks at the two meets as well as had one event winner and two runner-ups at the Pepsi Florida Relays, which was shortened due to inclement weather in Gainesville, Fla.
Senior Jake Edelman (Dryden, N.Y./Dryden) and redshirt senior Galen Jones (Evans, Ga./Lakeside) finished first and second, respectively, in the hammer at the Pepsi Florida Relays. In addition to winning the event, Edelman had a career best mark of 195'7" (59.61m), which was 5'9" (1.74m) better than his previous career best. Meanwhile, Jones recorded a 192'11" (58.80m) mark in the hammer throw.
Freshman Ross Graves (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Myrtle Beach) tied for second in the high jump 'B' section by clearing 6'4.75" (1.95m).
The Chants also had top-10 showings in the high jump 'A' section and the javelin. Redshirt freshman Jacques Watson (Sumter, S.C./Sumter) cleared 6'8.75" (2.05m) and tied for seventh in the high jump 'A' section. Junior Kyle Hoddy (Griswold, Conn./Griswold) and redshirt sophomore Jon Wright (Mount Pocono, Pa./Pocono Mt. West) finished seventh and ninth, respectively, in the javelin. Hoddy had a mark of 195'9" (59.66m), while Wright threw 189'5" (57.74m) in the event.
Three Coastal athletes had career best times at the Duke Asics Invitational. Freshman Travis Owens (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill) ran a career best 1:55.95 in the 800-meter developmental section and finished eighth. Owens' time was .36 faster than his previous top 800-meter time. Junior Tyrone Murphy (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman) was sixth in the 400 meters with a career best time of 48.39, a personal record by .43. Meanwhile, sophomore John Heron (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) placed sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, running a career best time of 9:16.76. Heron's time was an improvement of 6.24.
Coastal returns to action next weekend at the Chanticleer Classic, which will be the Chants' final home game of the season. Field events are currently scheduled to start at 9 a.m., while track events start at 12:45 p.m.