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Men’s Track Completes First Day of Big South Championship

Men’s Track Completes First Day of Big South Championship

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LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Coastal Carolina University men’s track and field team finished the first day of competition at the 2007 New Balance Outdoor Track and Field Championship on Thursday, Apr. 19. Jerome Simpson broke CCU’s school record in the long jump and won the event with a leap of 24-6.   “The first day of competition went well,” head coach Jeff Jacobs said. “Jerome’s performance in the long jump was a great boost for our team. We are going to have to compete well the next couple of days to stay in the top three.”   Simpson’s jump in the long jump broke the old school record of 23-6 by a foot and made him a NCAA East Region qualifier, the fourth Chanticleer to qualify thus far this season.   Whittman Reese (Durham, N.C./Southern Durham) also competed in the long jump and finished in seventh-place with a jump of 22-00.25.   Doug Currie (Sarnia, Ontario/Sarnia Northern) earned All-Conference honors for the first time with a third-place finish in the 10,000-meter-run finishing in 30:53.32.   In the hammer throw, Coastal took home fifth and sixth-place. Jacob Edelman (Dryden, NY/Dryden) had a personal best throw of 177-09 and finished in fifth. Tommy Sugishita (Arroyo Grande, Calif./Arroyo Grande (Moorpark JC)) was in sixth with a hurl of 161-11.   After completing five events in the decathlon, Jack Hutchinson (Chester, M.D./Kent Island) is currently in third-place with 3, 150 points.   The championship continues Friday, Apr. 20 with competition starting at 9:30 a.m.