Men's Track and Field Finishes in Second at Big South Championship
CCU Men Set Five New School Records
LYNCHBURG, Va. -- The Coastal Carolina men's track and field team finished the 2007 Big South Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship in second-place behind Liberty on Saturday, April 22. in Lynchburg, Va. CCU broke five school records, set two NCAA Regional qualifiying marks, had eight All-Conference performances and broke one facility record.
Coastal took home first and second in the javelin with Thomas Jordan (Lebanon Valley, Pa./Cedar Crest) taking home his third straight title with a mark of 217-9. Jordan's mark is a four-meter improvement and set a new facility record at Liberty. Kyle Hoddy (Griswold, Conn./Griswold) was next in second-place with a throw of 198-11, both earning All-Conference accolades.
Aubrey Lemon (Goose Creek, S.C./Stratford) broke two school records in both the 100 and 200 meters. Lemon was named All-Conference and ran a 10.55 in the 100 meters and broke his own record of 10.58. Whittmin Reese (Durham, NC/Southern Durham) was in fourth in 10.81. Lemon qualified fo the NCAA East Regional in the 200 meters with a time of 21.18 and broke his own school record of 21.34 set in 2006. Jason Lambert (Londonberry, N.H./Londonberry) finished the 200 in 21.42 for fifth-place.
Tommy Sugishita (Arroyo Grande, Calif./Arroyo Grande (Moorepark JC)) finished in second-place in the discus with a toss of 157-05. Dorian Johnson (Camden, S.C./Camden) finished one spot behind Sugishita in third with a mark of 152-00, both named All-Conference in the event. Coastal also had two more top ten finishers in the discus. Chris Abercrombie (Mauldin, S.C./Mauldin (Charleston Southern)) was in fifth with a 147-06 mark and Eric Singleton (Beaufort, S.C./Beaufort) was in seventh with a throw of 146-08.
In the pole vault, Steve Harmon (Hazelwood, Mo./Hazelwood West) cleared 14-01.25 and finished the event in third-place and was named All-Conference.
Jack Hutchinson (Chester, Md./Kent Island) set a new school record of 14.71 in 110m hurdles and finished in fourth, breaking his own school record in the event of 14.74 set earlier this season. Behind him in fifth was Ben Wheeler (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg) who finished in 14.95.
Doug Currie (Sarnia, Ontario/Sarnia Northern) ran the 5000 meters in 14:59.87 for a fourth-place finish and took home a third-place in the 10,000 meters with a time of 30:53.32, earning All-Big South accolades in the 10,000.
Jarvarius Phelps (Greenwood, S.C./Greenwood) erned a seventh-place finish in the 400 meters finishing in 48.79.
Also finishing in seventh-place was Jamie McCarthy (Riverstick, Ireland/North Monastery) in the 800 meters with a time of 1:56.80. He also took home a fourth-place finish in the 1500 meters finishing in 3:52.44. John Heron (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) was seventh in the event with a time of 4:02.30.
In the triple jump, Marcus Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C./Orangeburg-Wilkinson (Clafin)) jumped into fourth-place with a mark of 46-2. Boyce Bivings (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg) recorded a 44-8.75 jump and finished in sixth-place.
CCU set a new school records in two relays. CCU took home second in the 4x100-meter-relay finishing in 41.01, finishing behind Charleston Southern. The team broke the school record set in 2004 of 41.39 and earned All-Conference in the event. (Phelps, Lemon, Reese and Simpson)
In the 4x400-meter-relay CCU also had an All-Conference finish in third-place in 3:11.32 with a team of Murphy, Simpson, Phelps and Lambert. This is also a new school record breaking the old record of 3:12.96 set in 2004.
Earning Big South honors for Coastal was Blair Paul (Queenston, Ontario/Sir Winston Churchill) who was named to the leagues All-Academic team for the 2007 season.
The final team rankings were as follows:
1. Liberty 248
2. Coastal Carolina 174
3. Charleston Southern 109
4. Radford 87.5
5. High Point 64
6. Winthrop 60.5
7. VMI 47
8. UNC Asheville 22