CONWAY, S.C. Coastal Carolina's track and field programs have 16 athletes traveling this weekend, May 13-14 to participate in the Georgia Tech Invitational on the campus of Georgia Tech at the George C. Griffin Track.
The men's program will send seven athletes to the meet. Leading the squad will be junior Mark Johnson (North Myrtle Beach, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) an NCAA East Regional Qualifier who has won the pole vault six times this season. Sophomore Galen Jones (Evans, Ga./Lakeside), won the men's hammer throw last weekend at the Duke Twilight, is set to compete in the same event this weekend. Senior Terah Kipchiris (Kitale, Kenya/Saboti Secondary) is a provisional national qualifier in the 10,000m will attempt to qualify for regionals in the steeplechase at the Georgia Tech Invitational.
Distance runners junior Nelson Oliveira (Coimbra, Portugal/Quinta) and sophomore Doug Currie (Sarnia, Ontario/Sarnia) will both attempt to qualify for regionals in the 800m and 1500m in this meet. Currie will be attempting to improve on his school-record time of 3:50.69 in the 1500m set at last week's Duke Twilight.
Freshman Tim Roa (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) will compete in the pole vault and senior Kendall White (Columbia, S.C./Richland Norheast) in the 400m hurdles as both attempt to qualify for regionals.
Sophomore Chasity Johnson (North Charleston, S.C./Fort Dorchester) is back in action this weekend in the long and triple jump. Johnson has qualified for team-leading three regional events (200m, triple jump, long jump) this season for the Coastal women.
Other regional qualifiers in action for CCU include Ebony Brown (Columbia, S.C./Eau Claire) in the 400m hurdles, Tamara Bryant (Pasadena, Calif./La Salle (Moorpark CC) in the discus and hammer, Brittany Reid (McKinney, Texas/Rowlett (Coffeyville JC) with the shot-put and discus and Dana Sizemore (Gibbstown, N.J./Paulsboro) in the javelin.
Senior Anne Marie Moutsinga (Galati, Romania/Radu Negru) is a provisional national qualifier with her school-record time of 34:11.79 in the 10,000m, will attempt to qualify in the 5,000m at this meet.
Senior Karen Olesky (Jarretsville, Md./North Hartford) (hammer) and freshmen Aubrey Bergquist (Pataskala, Ohio/Watkins Memorial) (1500m) and DeMiracle Washington (Irmo, S.C./Irmo) (triple jump) will all be attempting to qualify for regionals. Washington won her third individual triple jump title of the season this past weekend at the Duke Twilight
The next meet for the Coastal Carolina track and field program is the NCAA East Regional Championships in New York, NY, May 27-28.