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Men's Track & Field Captures 2006 New Balance Big South Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship

Men's Track & Field Captures 2006 New Balance Big South Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship

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CONWAY, S.C. – Coastal Carolina’s men’s track and field team won its second-ever Big South Conference Outdoor Track and Field title by capturing the 2006 New Balance Big South Championships presented by UCS, Sun., April 23. The men tallied a total of 205 points to clinch the title and were followed by Liberty with 173.5 points, Radford (150), Charleston Southern (97.5), VMI (65), Winthrop (58), High Point (38) and UNC Asheville (24). Head coach Jeff Jacobs was named Big South Co-Coach of the Year, while Tyrone Murphy (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman) was named Big South Men’s Track Freshman of the Year.

“It was truly a team effort,” Jacobs said. “We scored in every event in the competition, which is a hard thing to do with this depth of field. Event after event, our guys were setting personal records, so we couldn’t ask for anything more from the guys. It was exciting to see that kind of enthusiasm build throughout the meet and to score more than 200 points was extraordinary. A lot of credit goes to the assistant coaches – Tim Vaught (sprinters/hurdles) and Jacquie Grimes (throws) – as they really got their areas prepared well for this. And we still have a young team, so the future is definitely bright for CCU track and field.”

The field events gave the Chanticleers a major surge into the lead on the final day, as Coastal won each of the four events on the final day of competition. Mark Johnson (North Myrtle Beach, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) won his fourth straight Big South Conference championship in the pole vault with a leap of 4.90m/16’0.75”, while teammate senior Casey Chow (Sandy, Utah/Alta (Utah)) made it a 1-2 finish for the Chanticleers by clearing 4.42m/14'6". After missing last year’s championships due to injury, sophomore Thomas Jordan (Lebanon Valley, Pa./Cedar Crest) reclaimed the Big South javelin title he won in 2004 with a winning mark of 67.94m/222’11”. Freshman Kyle Hoddy (Griswold, C.T./Griswold) finished third with a personal best of 61.24m/200’11”, while junior Galen Jones (Evans, Ga/Lakeside) set a personal record of 51.52m/169’0” to place sixth.

Junior Tommy Sugishita (Arroyo Grande, Calif./Arroyo Grande (Moorpark JC)) won the discus throw with a personal-best mark of 50.55m/165’10”, with teammate freshman Eric Singleton (Beaufort, S.C./Beaufort) and freshman Dorian Johnson (Camden, S.C./Camden) placing third and sixth in the discus, respectively, both with personal bests. Coming back from a season-ending Achilles tendon injury last year, junior Marcus Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C./Orangeburg-Wilkinson (Claflin)) followed up his season-best leap and fourth-place finish in Friday’s long jump with a fourth in the triple jump with a season best of 13.84m/45’5”.

On the track, Murphy won the 400-meter hurdles with a 53.13 to earn a spot in the NCAA Regionals, followed by teammate Chad Smith (South Aiken, S.C./South Aiken), who finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.43. Smith also placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.12.

Freshman Jamie McCarthy (Riverstick, Ireland/North Monastery) finished third in the 5,000-meter run, posting a personal-best 15:02.26 to earn All-Big South honors. Nelson Oliveira (Coimbra, Portugal/Quintas das Flores) was also named All-Big South after finishing third in the 1500-meter run with a season-best time of 3:51.73, while McCarthy ran a persona-best 3:52.67, good enough for fifth. Junior Doug Currie (Sarnia, Ontario/Sarnia Northern) posted a season-best time of 1:54.55 in the 800 meter and finished sixth.

Freshman Jarvarius Phelps (Greenwood, S.C/Greenwood) finished fifth in the 400-meter dash with a season-best 48.98, the top time for Coastal during the 2006 season. Aubrey Lemon (Goose Creek, S.C./Stratford) finished fifth in the 200-meter dash in 21.53 after qualifying for the final with a personal-best and school record time of 21.34 in the prelims. Sophomore Jerome Simpson (Reidsville, N.C./Reidsville) placed sixth in the 200-meter dash with a personal-best of 21.69. Lemon also finished fourth in the 100-meter dash with a personal-best time of 10.69. Coastal’s all-freshman 4x400-meter relay squad of Murphy, Lemon, Jason Fisher (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) and Phelps ran the second-best time of the season for CCU in 3:18.00 in finishing fourth in the final event of the championships.

All individual event winners in the Big South Championships earned an automatic berth in the NCAA East Regionals, Fri.-Sat., May 26-27 in Greensboro, N.C. The next time on the track for Coastal is the nationally-renowned Penn Relays, Thu.-Sat., Apr. 27-29, where a select group of athletes who have qualified for the event will compete.