Men's Track and Field to Send Three to NCAA East Regionals
CONWAY, S.C. Coastal Carolina's track and field programs have eight athletes traveling this weekend, May 27-28 to participate in the NCAA East Regional at Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island as hosted by Manhattan College and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
The men's program will send three athletes to regionals. Leading the squad will be junior Mark Johnson (North Myrtle Beach, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) an NCAA East Regional Qualifier that has won the pole vault seven times this season. He qualified for regionals at the Chanticleer Classic with a 5.31m/17'5", which is tied for 20th in the nation. A top-five finish at the Regional meet would guarantee Johnson a spot in the NCAA National Championships, June 8-11 at Sacramento State. Johnson is the reigining NCAA East Regional pole vaulting champion.
Sophomore Galen Jones (Evans, Ga./Lakeside), a two-time individual hammer throw champion this season, qualified for regionals with a 56.06m/183'11" at the CCU Invitational, which places him 27th in the East Region.
Senior Terah Kipchiris (Kitale, Kenya/Saboti Secondary) qualified for the 3,000m steeplechase with a 9:01.91 at the Georgia Tech Invitational. The time was the best steeplechase time in the Big South this season and 18th best in the East Region. Kipchiris is also a provisional national qualifier in the 10,000m and will find out if he will be competing on Tuesday, May 31.
The women's program had six qualify for regionals. Leading the women is sophomore Chasity Johnson (North Charleston, S.C./Fort Dorchester) who qualified in three events. She qualified in the 200m with a school-record 24.84 at the Big South Championship, in the triple jump with a school-record 13.01m/42'08.25" at the Shamrock Invitational, and in the long jump with a school-record 6.05m/19'8.25" at the Chanticleer Classic. She will concentrate her efforts and compete only in triple jump at regionals though.
Ebony Brown (Columbia, S.C./Eau Claire) qualified in the 400m hurdles at Big South Championships with a 60.73. Brown also qualfied in the 400m dash, 57.88, at the Big South Championships but will concentrate her efforts on the 400m hurdles at regionals.
Tamara Bryant (Pasadena, Calif./La Salle (Moorpark CC) qualified in the discus, 50.19m/164'08", at Georgia Tech Invitational and the hammer, 55.55m/182'3" at the CCU Invitational. Both marks are the best in the conference this season.
Brittany Reid (McKinney, Texas/Rowlett (Coffeyville JC) qualified in the shot put 14.32m/46'11.75" at the Raleigh Relays and in the discus throw, 49.73/163'2", at Georgia Tech.
Dana Sizemore's (Gibbstown, N.J./Paulsboro) 43.98m/144'03" at the Shamrock Invitational qualified her in the javelin. It was also the best javelin throw in the conference this season.
Senior Lindsey Kozlowski (Thunder Bay, Ontario/Port Arthur Collegiate) qualified for regionals in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Big South Championships, 11:18.98, but will be unable to compete.
Senior Anne Marie Moutsinga (Galati, Romania/Radu Negru) is a provisional national qualifier with her school-record time of 34:41.79 in the 10,000m and will find out if she will be going to NCAA Nationals on Tuesday, May 31.