Men's Track and Field To Have Five Compete at NCAA East Regional
CONWAY, SC -- The Coastal Carolina men's track and field team will have five student-athletes competing at the 2006 NCAA East Regional, May 26-27, in Greensboro, N.C. The top 5 finishers in each event automatically qualify for NCAA Championship June 7-10 at Sacramento State, with the next 7 finishers considered in at-large pool based on their best mark of the season, including regionals.
Senior All-American pole vaulter Mark Johnson (North Myrtle Beach, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) will compete and try to advance to his third consecutive NCAA Championship. Currently ranked second in the East Region and tied for eighth nationally, Johnson was the fifth at the 2005 East Regionals after winning the Penn Relays that year and then placed eighth at the NCAAs to earn CCU's first-ever men's track and field All-American honors. He qualified for the 2004 NCAA Championships after winning the East Regional title. Johnson is a four-time Big South champion in the event and holds the Big South Conference and school record holder at 17' 8.5" (5.40m).
Redshirt sophomore Thomas Jordan (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) enters the regional ranked fourth in the javelin in the East Region and 11th in Division I. The current Big South Conference and school record holder in the javelin throw with a toss of 232' 6" (70.87m), Jordan has been a two-time Big South Champion in 2004 and 2006 and qualified for the 2004 NCAA Championships and 2006 USA Track & Field Nationals.
Junior hammer thrower Galen Jones (Evans, Ga./Lakeside) captured the 2006 Big South champion in the shot put, as well as All-Big South in the hammer throw. He qualified for the NCAA Regionals last year in the event and currently ranks second on CCU's all time chart in both the hammer (193' 5"/58.96m) and shot put (49' 8.5"/15.15m).
Junior Tommy Sugishita (Arroyo Grande, Calif./Arroyo Grande (Moorpark JC)) will compete in the discus, as he was ranked #16 in the East Region. The 2006 Big South discus champion, he ranks second all-time at Coastal with a throw of 165' 10" (50.55m).
Freshman Tyrone Murphy (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman) captured the 2006 Big South championship in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, with his school-record time of 52.77, currently ranking #32 in the East Region. The 2006 Big South Freshman of the Year, he has also qualified for the 2006 USA Track & Field Junior Championships in the event.