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Men's Track & Field In Second After First Day Of New Balance Big South Conference Championships

Men's Track & Field In Second After First Day Of New Balance Big South Conference Championships

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CONWAY, S.C. – After the first day of competition, Coastal Carolina’s men’s track and field is in second at the 2006 New Balance Big South Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Apr. 20. The Chanticleers are hosting the event at CCU's Track Facility in Conway through Saturday, Apr. 22. The Chanticleers currently have 23 points, trailing first-day leader Radford by seven points, while Liberty sits in third with 18.   "I am very pleased with the opening day of competition for our team," head coach Jeff Jacobs said. "Every performer who went out and competed today left everything they could in their efforts. We had numerous personal bests and are ahead of the pace that I had hoped we would be on. I encouraged our team to use that momentum to propel themselves for the the next two days."   In the hammer throw, the Chanticleers posted four personal bests put four in the scoring column and total 15 points for their efforts. Junior Galen Jones (Evans, Ga/Lakeside) led CCU with a third-place finish with a throw of 58.96m/193’5” to earn All-Big South honors. Junior Tommy Sugishita (Arroyo Grande, Calif./Arroyo Grande (Moorpark JC)) was next in fourth with a toss of 55.04m/180’7”, while sophomore Jacob Edelman (Dryden, NY/Dryden) threw 50.24m/164'10" and junior Art Hill (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern) posted a mark of 44.88m/147'3" to place sixth and eighth, respectively.   In the decathlon, two Chanticleers are in their first-ever competitions in the 10-event, two-day challenge and have done well on the first day. Freshman Jonathan Jeffries (Rock Hill, S.C./Victory Christian Center) is currently second in the decathlon with 1689 points, followed by Elrid Cason (Damascus, MD/Damascus) in third with 1545. Jeffries and Cason went 1-2 in the opening 100m dash to spur their efforts.   In the final event of the night, Coastal had three runners score in the grueling 10,000-meter run. In his first-ever collegiate 10k race, sophomore Blair Paul (Queenston, Ontario/Sir Winston Churchill) battled to finish fourth in a time of  32:19.15. CCU sophomore Jake Morris (Aiken, S.C./Aiken) placed seventh in a time of 32:40.06, followed closely by junior Timmy Supplee (Columbia, S.C./Irmo), who scored for the Chanticleers by running a personal-best by more than 40 seconds to finish eighth in 32:41.72.

Competition for the men will continue Fri., Apr. 21 beginning at noon with the trials and finals in the long jump.