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Men's Track & Field Hosts Big South Championships This Week

Men's Track & Field Hosts Big South Championships This Week

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COASTAL TRACK & FIELD HOSTS THE BIG SOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS: Coastal Carolina’s men’s track & field team will host the Big South Conference Championships. Competition will begin Thursday April 20 and continue until Saturday April 22.

COMPETITION IN THE BIG SOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS: The top returneers for the opponent teams are Liberty’s Brandon Hoskins 2005 All-Big South performer in four events and Josh McDougal, also from Liberty, the 2005 Big South Champion in the 5000 meters and the 10,000 meters. Brian Richotte a 2005 All-Big South performer in hammer, discus and shot put from Radford. Winthrop’s Kandrick Cooper, who is the defending 100 meter high hurdles champion. Paul Vince Obuon, a 2005 Big South Champion in the 100 meter dash from VMI. Charleston Southern brings Michael Rhue and Nathan Breland who are both 2005 All-Big South performers in two events.

COASTAL CAROLINA COMPETITING IN CHAMPIONSHIPS: Senior Mark Johnson is the three-time defending champion in the pole vault at the Big South Championships. During the 2005 season, Johnson posted a 16’10" mark and currently leads the Big South Conference with a personal-best and school record mark of 17’8.5". Thomas Jordan won the javelin in 2004 and currently leads the Big South with a 231’8.25" mark. Senior Nelson Oliveira finished second in the 800 meter run during the 2005 championships with a time of 1:55.25. Oliveira also finished second in the 1500 meter run with a 4:00.63 mark. Jim Chmelik finished fifth in the 100 meter high hurdles in 2005 with a time of 15.71. Sophomore Chad Smith finished eighth in the 110 high hurdles and fourth in the 400 meter hurdles with times of 16.17 and 55.75, respectively.

BIG SOUTH CONFERNCE LEADERS: The Chanticleers have several members of the track & field team on the Big South Conference top performance list for the 2006 season. Daniel Stokes is seventh in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.70 and is followed by teammate freshman Aubrey Lemon, who is in eighth with a 10.71 time. Freshman Jamie McCarthy is third in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:53.65. Senior Nelson Oliveira is seventh in the 1,500 with a time of 3:54.94. Oliveira leads the 5,000 meters with a mark of 14:29.99. Oliveira is also third in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a 9:38.74. Tyrone Murphy leads the 400 meter intermediate hurdles at 52.77, a school record. Senior Mark Johnson leads the pole vault with a personal-best and school record mark of 17’ 8.5", which he recorded at the Texas Relays. Thomas Jordan leads the javelin competition with a mark of 231’ 8.25" recorded at the Texas Relays.

SETTLE BAGWELL RESULTS: Coastal Carolina’s men’s track and field had several outstanding performances at the Settle Bagwell Invitational, hosted by Charleston Southern Saturday, April 15.

In field events, junior Galen Jones won the shot put competition with a mark of 47’7.5" (14.51m) and the hammer throw with a 181’11" (55.44m) throw. Jones also finished second in the javelin competition with a personal best of 162’4" (49.49m). Junior Tommy Sugishita was the champion in the discus with a 161’11" (49.36m) while teammate sophomore Jacob Edelman finished second with a 150’1" (45.75). Senior Casey Chow won the pole vault with a season best of 14’11" (4.55m)

On the track, Coastal finished first in the 4x100 meter relay with the team of sophomore Daniel Stokes, freshman Aubrey Lemon, freshman Whittmin Reese and sophomore Jerome Simpson with a time of 41.23. Freshman Jamie McCarthy won the 800m with a time of 1:54.93 and was followed by teammate junior Doug Currie in second, who posted a seasonal best of 1:55.21. Stokes also finished second in the 100 meters with a personal best of 10.70.