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Men's Track and Field Finishes Second at Big South Championships

Men's Track and Field Finishes Second at Big South Championships

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ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Coastal Carolina's men's track and field team finished second at the 2008 New Balance Big South Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Irwin Belk Track Complex in Rock Hill, S.C., totaling 156 points. Liberty won the men's title with 232 points.

In the final day of competition Saturday, April 19, the Chanticleers won four events, including both the 110-meter and the 400-meter hurdles. The Chants also earned 10 All-Conference honors, which includes the four event winners, in the final day's competition.

Sophomore Ben Wheeler (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg) and junior Tyrone Murphy (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman) claimed titles in the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles, respectively. Wheeler clocked 14.60, while Murphy ran 53.06.

Redshirt senior Thomas Jordan (Lebanon Valley, Pa./Cedar Crest) won his fourth Big South crown in the javelin with a 215'10" (65.78m) toss.

Redshirt freshman Jacques Watson's (Sumter, S.C./Sumter) win in the high jump came down to a jump-off between him and Winthrop's Jason Williams. Both Watson and Williams cleared 7'0.25" (2.14m), but were unable to clear the next mark of 7'1.75" (2.18m) and a jump-off was used to determine the winner. Each athlete has one attempt to clear the mark in the jump-off, but if neither clears the mark, the height is reduced. Watson emerged as the winner as he cleared 6'8.25" (2.04m).

In addition to Wheeler and Murphy on the track, Coastal earned All-Conference honors in the 100-meter dash, the 110-meter hurdles, the 4x100-meter relay and the 4x400-meter relay. Freshman Ryan Edlich (Virginia Beach, Va./Bishop Sullivan) was third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.87. Sophomore Jack Hutchison (Chester, Md./Kent Island) took third in the 110-meter hurdles, clocking 14.92. The 4x100-meter relay team of Wheeler, junior Jarvarius Phelps (Greenwood, S.C./Greenwood), sophomore Jerome St. Bernard (Markham, Ontario, Canada/McGivney (Monmouth)) and Edlich finished third with a time of 41.15.

Also scoring points for Coastal on the track were St. Bernard in both the 100 meters (fourth, 11.03) and the 200 meters (sixth, 22.11); both Murphy (fifth, 48.63) and Phelps (sixth, 48.75) in the 400 meters; junior Jamie McCarthy (Riverstick, Ireland/North Monastery) in the 1,500 meters (eighth, 3:58.39); sophomore Kasheem Clifton (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern) in the 110-meter hurdles (fifth, 15.14) and freshmen Kiefer Whitmore (Mauldin, S.C./Mauldin), Ross Graves (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Myrtle Beach), Travis Owens (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill) and Jacob Scheuer (Blackstone, Ill./Dwight Township) in the 4x400-meter relay (fifth, 3:23.48).

In the field, Coastal got points from Graves in the high jump (eighth, 6'4.75"/1.95m); both freshman Keith Graham (Charleston, S.C./West Ashley (Fork Union)) (fourth, 48'0.75"/14.65m) and Watson (fifth, 45'8.5"/13.93m) in the triple jump; both senior Jake Edelman (Dryden, N.Y./Dryden) (seventh, 144'9"/44.13m) and redshirt junior Chris Abercrombie (Mauldin, S.C./Mauldin (Charleston Southern) (eighth, 141'7"/43.16m) in the discus and in the javelin, junior Kyle Hoddy (Griswold, Conn./Griswold) (fourth, 185'9"/56.62m), redshirt sophomore Jon Wright (Mount Pocono, Pa./Pocono Mt. West) (sixth, 181'3"/55.25m) and freshman Zack Barr (Williamsport, Pa./Williamsport Area) (seventh, 167'8"/51.12m).

Following the meet, the All-Academic Team was announced with senior Blair Paul (Queenston, Ontario, Canada/Sir Winston Churchill) being selected to the team.

Coastal Carolina returns to action when the Chants travel to Philadelphia, Pa., for the 114th Penny Relays Thursday, April 24-Saturday, April 26.