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Men's Track & Field In Second Place After Day Two At New Balance Big South Outdoor Championships

Men's Track & Field In Second Place After Day Two At New Balance Big South Outdoor Championships

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CONWAY, S.C. – Coastal Carolina’s men’s track and field stands in second through two days of competition at the 2006 New Balance Big South Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Fri., Apr. 21. The host Chanticleers have tallied 71 points and trail Radford by 4.5 points entering the final day of competition. Liberty is in third with 60.5 points, followed by VMI (25), Charleston Southern (16), UNC Asheville (14) and High Point (6).   “After two days, our guys continue to compete hard and it shows in the standings,” head coach Jeff Jacobs stated. “Everyone has performed well and given everything in every event. People have persevered to score points in events and surpass expectations. Tomorrow will be a battle for the crown, but we have given ourselves a chance to win it on the track and on the field.”   In the field events, junior Galen Jones (Evans, Ga./Lakeside) won the shot put competition with a personal-best and No. 2 Coastal all-time distance of 15.15m/49’8.5”. Sophomore Jacob Edelman (Dryden, N.Y./Dryden) finished fifth with a personal season-best  14.55m/47’9” mark, the fourth best in school history. Sophomore Jerome Simpson (Reidsville, N.C./Reidsville) finished third in the high jump, breaking his own school record with a leap of 2.05m/6’8.75”, earning All-Big South honors. Simpson also earned All-Big South honors in the long jump, placing third with a personal-best leap of 7.10m/23’3.5”, while freshman Whittmin Reese (Durham, N.C./Southern Durham) finished eighth with a jump of 6.76m/22’2.25”.   On the track in the 3000 meter steeplechase, senior Nelson Oliveira (Coimbra, Portugal/Quintas das Flores) garnered All-Big South accolades after finishing third with the second-best time in school history of 9:18.55, a season-best by 19 seconds, while senior Johnny Mitchell (Duncan, S.C./Byrnes) finished eighth in the event with a personal season-best time of 9:47.63. In the decathlon, CCU came up with points in the event as senior Elrid Cason (Damascus, MD/Damascus) finished fourth overall, while freshman Jonathan Jeffries (Rock Hill, S.C./Victory Christian Center) placed fifth, as each completed their first-ever decathlon competitions.   Several personal bests were posted by the Chants in advancing at least one CCU runner to each of Saturday’s finals. Freshman Aubrey Lemon (Goose Creek, S.C./Stratford) set a new school record in the 200-meter dash, running a time of 21.34 to qualify third. He also recorded a personal best in the 100-meter dash of 10.70, the third best in CCU annals. Freshman Jarvarius Phelps (Greenwood, S.C./Greenwood) set a new personal best in the 400 meters with a 49.03, the fifth-best all-time at CCU. Sophomore Chad Smith (South Aiken, S.C./South Aiken) recorded a time of 15:10 in the 110 high hurdles, no. 2 in the record books, while sophomore Jim Chmelik (Westlake, Ohio/St. Ignatius) had a 55.98 in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, the fifth-best ever at Coastal.
Competition wraps up Saturday, April 22, starting at 9 a.m. with the men’s javelin. Saturday’s schedule has been revised due to concerns of possible weather issues, with the updated schedule posted on www.GoCCUSports.com.