May 21, 2010
Coastal Carolina University men’s track and field team had four individuals and the 4x100-meter relay team qualify in the East Region of the NCAA Preliminary Round, taking place on May 27-29 in Greensboro, N.C, announced today, May 21 by the NCAA.
Redshirt-junior Jacques Watson was the highest qualifier for the Chanticleers as he ranked second in the region in the high jump. Watson qualified after clearing a Big South record 7’4.5” (2.25 meters) at the Pepsi Florida Relays on April 3. This will be the third time for Watson to qualify for the first round.
Jack Hutchison qualified in the 110-meter hurdles, and is the lone track athlete to go to the preliminaries for the second time in his career. The senior was 26th overall in the East with a time of 14.07 that he earned at the Big South Championship on May 15-17.
In the throws, sophomores Jason Jensen and Jason Flanagan qualified in the hammer and javelin, respectively. Jensen earned a qualifying throw in the hammer in the most recent track meet at the Georgia Tech Invitational on May 14-15, as he tossed a 202’3” (61.64 meters), ranking him 21st in the East. Flanagan qualified with a javelin throw of 224’ (68.28 meters) at the CCU/Shamrock Invitational on March 18, and ranking 14th in the region.
The 4x100-meter relay team was ranked 19th in the region after a school record race of 40.29 at the Big South Championship. The team that will travel to the regional will be Corey Jameson, Lenny Steed, Jerome St. Bernard, Christopher Lawson and Ryan Edlich.
The top-12 athletes in each event will qualify for the NCAA Final Round in Eugene, Ore. June 9-12.