Seven Men's Track and Field Athletes to Compete at Regionals
CHAMPIONSHIP TIME: Select athletes from Coastal Carolina’s men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete in the NCAA East Region Championships at Florida State’s Mike Long Track May 30-May 31 in Tallahassee, Fla. Those individuals finishing in the top five at the regional meet will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA National Championships that will be held June 11-14 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
LIVE COVERAGE: Live results of the entire meet and live video of Saturday’s events will be available on Seminoles.com.
MEN’S TEAM TOP REGIONAL FINISH: Since the 2003 season, the best team finish for Coastal’s men has been 17th in 2004. That year, the Chanticleers totaled 12 points and saw Mark Johnson crowned the pole vault champion.
MEN SLATED TO COMPETE: Head Coach Jeff Jacobs has entered seven athletes in the NCAA East Region Championships, inlcuding redshirt seniors Galen Jones (hammer) and Thomas Jordan (javelin), senior Jake Edelman (hammer), junior Kyle Hoddy (javelin), sophomore Ben Wheeler (110m hurdles), redshirt freshman Jacques Watson (high jump) and freshman Keith Graham (long jump).
MEN TAKE TWO FIRSTS, BREAK SCHOOL RECORD AT GEORGIA TECH: Participating in their final regular season meet, the Chanticleers notched two first-place finishes and saw one school record fall at the Georgia Tech Invitational May 16-17. Redshirt seniors Galen Jones and Thomas Jordan won the hammer and javelin, respectively, while redshirt freshman Jacques Watson tacked on an extra half-inch to his high jump record. Watson cleared 7’1” (2.16m) at the Georgia Tech Invitational, breaking his previous record of 7’0.5” (2.15m) that was set at the Asics/Winthrop Invitational.
GRAVES CONCLUDES SEASON WITH CAREER BEST HIGH JUMP MARK: Freshman Ross Graves saw his top high jump mark increase by two inches at the Georgia Tech Invitational, clearing 6’8.75” (2.05m). Graves’ mark not only set a new personal record (previous career best: 6’6.75”/2.00m), but also moved him up in Coastal’s record book. The Myrtle Beach, S.C., native is now tied with former record holder Jerome Simpson for second all-time in the high jump.
BACK-TO-BACK COMBO: Out of the 11 meets redshirt senior Galen Jones and senior Jake Edelman have both competed in the hammer already this season, the duo have finished back-to-back in nine of those meets. The pair have combined for four 1-2 finishes, including Battle of the Beach IV, Pepsi Florida Relays, Chanticleer Classic and the Georgia Tech Invitational. The two Chanticleers have finished second and third at three meets (Buccaneer Invitational, Asics/Winthrop Invitational, Duke Twilight), third and fourth at the New Balance Big South Conference Outdoor Championships and fifth and sixth at the CCU Invitational.
PAUL SELECTED FOR GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP: Blair Paul was the recipient of the Bob McCloskey Insurance Big South Conference Graduate Fellowship, the league announced Tuesday, May 13. Paul, who will attend University of California Santa Barbara, will receive $2,000 to go towards his graduate studies.
TWO MEN PLACE THIRD AT TAYLOR CATTLE FARM CLASSIC: Redshirt senior Galen Jones and junior Kyle Hoddy were the only two Chanticleers to compete at the Taylor Cattle Farm Classic Friday, May 9 at the University of North Carolina. Both Chants finished third overall in their respective events. Jones registered a 187’4” (57.09m) mark in the hammer, which was also the second-best collegiate mark. Hoddy’s threw 183’4” (55.88m) in the javelin.
JONES SECOND, EDELMAN THIRD AT DUKE: Redshirt senior Galen Jones and senior Jake Edelman both competed in the hammer throw at the Duke Twilight Sunday, May 4 at Wallace Wade Stadium. Jones had the top collegiate finish and placed second overall with a throw of 195’2” (59.48m). Edelman took third with a mark of 189’6” (57.75m).
JONES AND JORDAN SNAG TOP-FIVE FINISHES AT PENN RELAYS: Redshirt seniors Galen Jones and Thomas Jordan placed among the top five finishers in the hammer throw championships and the javelin championships, respectively, at Penn Relays. Jones used a career-best mark of 203’11” (62.16m) to claim third in the hammer throw championships. For Jones, it was the first time he has thrown over 200 feet in the event. Meanwhile, Jordan took fourth in the javelin championships with a season-best 218’11” (66.73m) throw.
MEN’S 4x200-METER RELAY RECORD FALLS: The quartet of junior Jarvarius Phelps, freshman Ryan Edlich and sophomores Ben Wheeler and Jerome St. Bernard clocked a school-record time of 1:26.21 at Penn Relays, marking the second relay team this season to break Coastal’s 4x200-meter relay record. Phelps, Edlich, Wheeler and St. Bernard broke the record of 1:26.45 that was set earlier this season at the Pepsi Florida Relays by Phelps, Edlich, St. Bernard and sophomore Alex Levy.
MEN TAKE SECOND: Coastal Carolina’s men’s track and field team had a strong grip on second place at the 2008 Big South Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Chanticleers ended the meet with 156 points, which was 64 points more than third-place VMI and 76 less than champion Liberty.
MEN HAVE STANDOUT VICTORIES: All five of Coastal’s men’s track and field individual titles from the 2008 New Balance Big South Conference Track and Field Championships have a unique twist to them:
-Sophomore Ben Wheeler and junior Tyrone Murphy swept the hurdle events, winning the 110-meter and the 400-meter hurdles, respectively. Coastal’s sweep of the hurdle events marks the first time since 2000 those events have been won by the same school. Additionally, it also marks the first time a school other than Liberty has accomplished that feat.
-Redshirt senior Thomas Jordan won his fourth javelin Big South title, becoming the first athlete to win four conference crowns in the javelin. Jordan also won the javelin in 2004, 2006 and 2007. Prior to the 2008 New Balance Big South Track and Field Championships, only former CCU standout Mark Johnson had won four conference titles, which was in the pole vault. At this year’s championships, both Jordan and Charleston Southern’s Michael Rhue (400 meters) claimed their fourth career Big South title in a single event.
-Redshirt freshman Jacques Watson came away with a thrilling victory in the high jump. Both Watson and Winthrop’s Jason Williams cleared 7’0.25” (2.14m), but were unable to clear the next mark of 7’1.75” (2.18m). In order to determine a winner, a jump off was used, which both athletes get one chance to clear the height before the bar is lowered and the first to successfully clear the height, while the other one misses is crowned the champion. Watson proved to be the winner when he was able to clear 6’8.25” (2.04m), resulting in Coastal’s first-ever Big South high jump crown.
-Freshman Keith Graham’s victory in the long jump marked the first time in Coastal’s history in which the Chants have crowned back-to-back individual champions in the long jump. Jerome Simpson won the title last season.
ALL-ACADEMIC FOR PAUL: Senior Blair Paul was one of eight Big South athletes to named to the 2008 Big South All-Academic Team. It is Paul’s second straight All-Academic Team selection for the outdoor season as he received his first nod in 2007. Paul has also earned All-Academic Team honors in cross country, earning spots on the team during the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
MEN TOPPING THE BIG SOUTH: Prior to the Big South meet, four Chanticleers hold top times or marks in the Big South. Among those leading the conference are redshirt senior Thomas Jordan (javelin), junior Tyrone Murphy (400-meter hurdles), redshirt freshman Jacques Watson (high jump) and freshman Keith Graham (long jump).
EDELMAN NAMED ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Senior Jake Edelman was selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week, the league announced Wednesday, April 16. Edelman won both the hammer and the shot put at the Chanticleer Classic, registering marks of 201’1” (61.30m) and 50’4” (15.34m), respectively.
MEN TAKE EIGHT FIRSTS, TWO TOP COLLEGIATE: The Chanticleers won eight events and had the top collegiate mark in two field events as Coastal’s men’s track and field team hosted its last home meet of the season April 12. Senior Jake Edelman paced the men’s team with two first-place finishes, winning the shot put (50’4”/15.34m) and the hammer (201’1”/61.30m).
A TOP FIVE SWEEP: Coastal had the top five marks in the men’s discus at the Chanticleer Classic April 12. Junior Eric Singleton won the event with a mark of 147’11” (45.09m). Senior Jake Edelman took second with a 144’7” (44.06m) throw, while redshirt junior Chris Abercrombie was third with a mark of 142’4” (43.39m). Junior Curtis Smiley’s mark of 137’7” (41.95m) finished fourth and redshirt senior Galen Jones rounded out the top five with 136’1” (41.47m) toss.
TWO FIRSTS FOR EDELMAN: Senior Jake Edelman was the top thrower in two events at the Pepsi Florida Relays April 4-5. Edelman’s first top finish came in the shot put ‘B’ section when he launched a school record throw of 52’7.25” (16.03m), which broke Mike Roden’s previous program record of 51’1.75” (15.59m). He then was part of the Coastal Carolina duo that placed first and second in the hammer throw. Edelman had a winning mark of 195’7” (59.61m), while, redshirt senior Galen Jones was second with a 192’11” (58.80m) toss.
VOLUNTEER ASSISTANTS CAMPBELL AND FALUADE AMONG THE WORLD’S LEADERS: Volunteer Assistant Coaches Amber Campbell and Brenda Faluade are ranked in their respective events by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF). Campbell is 16th in the world in the hammer throw with her 230’3” (70.19m) mark from the Mt. San Antonio College Relays Sunday, April 20. Meanwhile, Faluade is ranked 17th in the triple jump with a mark of 45’10.5” (13.89m), which was the winning mark in the triple jump ‘A’ section at the Pepsi Florida Relays Saturday, April 5. Both Campbell and Faluade have met the United States Track and Field ‘A’ Standard for the USA Track and Field Olympic Trails that will be held June 27-July 6 in Eugene, Ore.
WATSON BREAKS RECORDS, QUALIFIES FOR NCAA REGIONALS: Redshirt freshman Jacques Watson broke both Coastal’s and the Irwin Belk Track Complex record and qualified for the NCAA East Regional Championships with his 7’0.5” (2.15m) jump at the Asics/Winthrop Invitational. He is the first ever athlete to clear seven feet in Coastal history. Prior to the Asics/Winthrop Invitational, Watson was tied for CCU’s program record with Jerome Simpson with a 6’8.75” (2.05m) mark. Additionally, the Sumter, S.C., native is the seventh Chanticleer to reach an NCAA qualifying mark as his high jump mark surpassed the standard of 6’10.75” (2.10m).
AND THE RECORD BELONGS TO WHEELER AGAIN: Sophomore Ben Wheeler reclaimed Coastal’s 110-meter hurdle record at the Asics/Winthrop Invitational, running 14.49 in the prelims and breaking classmate Jack Hutchison’s record of 14.50 that was set at the CCU Invitational. Between Wheeler and Hutchison, Coastal’s 110-meter hurdle record has been broken three times already this season with Wheeler initially breaking it at the Battle of the Beach IV.
MURPHY WINS!: Junior Tyrone Murphy captured his second 400-meter hurdle individual title of the season by winning the event at the Asics/Winthrop Invitational. Murphy ran a top time of 52.47. His first 400-meter hurdle title of the 2008 season came at the Battle of the Beach IV, where he ran a regional qualifying time and CCU’s record time of 52.17.
MEN HAVE 22 TOP-10 FINISHES AT SHAMROCK INVITATIONAL: Coastal’s men’s track and field team registered 22 top-10 finishes in 14 events at the Shamrock Invitational March 20-22. Among those finishes was a first-place showing in the javelin from redshirt senior Thomas Jordan, who was competing in his first meet of the season.
TWO MORE MEN HEADED TO REGIONALS: Redshirt senior Thomas Jordan and senior Jake Edelman became the fifth and sixth Chants to earn a berth to the NCAA East Regional Championships, reaching qualifying standards at the Shamrock Invitational. Jordan qualified for his fourth regional championships in the javelin with a mark of 212’6” (64.77m), surpassing the qualifying standard of 202’9” (61.80m) by 9’9” (2.97m). Meanwhile, Edelman had a regional-qualifying mark of 187’9” (57.24m) en order to become the second Chant to qualify for the hammer throw this season. The NCAA Regional standard for the hammer throw is 186’4” (56.80m).
CHAMPIONS HIGHLIGHT SHAMROCK FIELD: In addition to the collegiate athletes, a national champion and a world champion competed at the Shamrock Invitational. Current CCU volunteer assistant coach and former standout Amber Campbell, a two-time USA Indoor National Champion in the weight throw, won the hammer throw with a mark of 224’8” (68.49m). Additionally, Campbell’s mark met the United States Track and Field ‘A’ Standard for the USA Track and Field Olympic Trials that will be held June 27-July 6 in Eugene, Ore. Meanwhile, Bershawn Jackson, the 2005 World Outdoor Champion in the 400-meter hurdles, finished third in the 800 meters with a time of 1:53.50 and also ran on the GW Express ‘A’ 4x400-meter relay teams.
MEN RECORD 11 TOP-FIVE PERFORMANCES AT CCU INVITATIONAL: The Chanticleers had 11 top-five finishes at the CCU Invitational March 14-15. Among those top-five performances were first place finishes in the 110-meter hurdles (sophomore Jack Hutchison) and the 4x100-meter relay (redshirt senior Dee Stokes, freshman Ryan Edlich, junior Tyrone Murphy and sophomore Jerome St. Bernard) as well as the top collegiate finisher in the long jump (Edlich).
MEN WIN FOUR AT BUCCANEER INVITATIONAL: The Chanticleers swept the relay events and won the shot put and the high jump at the Buccaneer Invitational Saturday, March 9. The 4x100-meter relay team of sophomore Ben Wheeler, freshman Ryan Edlich, junior Tyrone Murphy and sophomore Jerome St. Bernard clocked a winning time of 41.80. The winning 4x400-meter relay team of Murphy, junior Jarvarius Phelps, freshman Ross Graves and sophomore Jack Hutchison ran 3:20.60.
In the field, senior Jake Edelman won the shot put title with a then-season-best mark of 49’11.25” (15.22m). Redshirt freshman Jacques Watson came out on top in the high jump with a winning mark of 6’2” (1.88m).
CHANTS TAKE 1-2-3 IN THE SHOT PUT: Coastal Carolina swept the top three places in the shot put at the Buccaneer Invitational March 9. Senior Jake Edelman had a winning mark of 49’11.25” (15.22m), while redshirt junior Chris Abercrombie was second with a throw of 46’7.25” (14.20m). Redshirt senior Galen Jones rounded out the Chants in the event, taking third with a mark of 46’5.25” (14.15m).
CHANTS BACK-TO-BACK BATTLE OF THE BEACH CHAMPS: For the second consecutive year, Coastal Carolina has claimed the Battle of the Beach title over UNC Wilmington, defeating the Seahawks 108.5-96.5 at the CCU Track Sunday, March 2. CCU posted four NCAA Regional qualifying marks, broke two school records and won 11 events in the dual meet.
TALLAHASSEE BOUND: After the first meet of the season, four Chants have punched already their ticket to the NCAA East Regional Championships being held at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla., as redshirt senior Galen Jones (hammer throw), juniors Kyle Hoddy (javelin) and Tyrone Murphy (400m hurdles) and freshman Keith Graham (long jump) all met regional qualifying standards at Battle of the Beach.
MURPHY SETS NEW PROGRAM, MEET RECORD: Junior Tyrone Murphy broke his own 400-meter hurdle record at Battle of the Beach as well as set a new meet record. Murphy ran 52.17, which was .30 faster than his previous CCU record of 52.47 and 1.63 faster than the previous Battle of the Beach record of 53.80.
LEAPS AND BOUNDS: Freshman Keith Graham won both the long and triple jumps at Battle of the Beach, making him CCU’s only multiple event winner of the meet. Graham leapt 24’1” (7.34m) in the long jump, which matched the NCAA Regional standard and made him just the second Chant to jump at least 24-feet in the long jump. Graham concluded the day with a 46’1.5” (14.06m) mark in the triple jump, which ranks fifth all-time among Coastal’s leaders.