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Men's Track & Field Competes In Penn Relays This Week

Men's Track & Field Competes In Penn Relays This Week

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COASTAL TRACK & FIELD HEADS TO PENN RELAYS: Coastal Carolina’s men’s track & field team will travel to the Penn. Relays which are Thursday April 27 to Saturday April 29 at Franklin Field in historic Philadelphia, Pa.

CHANTICLEERS IN THE PENN RELAYS: Senior Mark Johnson will be defending his 2005 Penn Relays title in the pole vault. Thomas Jordan will be competing in javelin along with freshman Kyle Hoddy who will make his first appearance at the Penn Relays. Galen Jones and Tommy Sugishita will be in the hammer, Sugishita will also be in the discus. Freshman Tyrone Murphy will compete in the 400-meter hurdles as well as the distance medley relay. Jamie McCarthy, Murphy, Doug Currie, and Nelson Oliveira look to challenge the school record in the medley which is currently 10:14.19. Competition will begin for the Chanticleers Friday, April 28 at 9 a.m.

BIG SOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS: 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 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."

2006 EAST REGIONAL QUALIFIERS: The Chanticleers have at least five team members who will compete in at least six events in the NCAA East Regionals this season. Senior Mark Johnson will be competing in the pole vault, Thomas Jordan in the javelin, Galen Jones in the hammer and shot put, Tommy Sugishita in the discus, and freshman Tyrone Murphy, in the 400-meter hurdles. The Regionals will be held in Greensboro, N.C. and will begin Saturday, May 26.

NATIONALLY RANKED CHANTICLEERS: Mark Johnson currently ranks second in the East Region in pole vault and is 12th in the nation. Johnson has a season-best and personal record of 17’8.5". Galen Jones is 16th in the East Region in the hammer throw and 46th nationally with a mark of 193’5". Thomas Jordan is third in javelin in the East Region and eighth nationally with a season-best throw of 231’7".

SENIOR BANQUET HONORS: Senior Nelson Oliveira was named the 2005 men’s cross country Most Valuable Player at the senior banquet Monday, April 24. Oliveira’s highlights for the 2005 season include winning the Coastal Carolina Invitational, finishing sixth at the Great American Cross Country Festival, finishing 22nd in the NCAA Southeast Regionals, and being named the Big South Conference Runner of the Week twice.