CONWAY, S.C. Coastal Carolina's track and field programs have three athletes traveling this week to participate in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships June 8-11. The event is being held at Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex in Sacramento, Calif., hosted by Sacramento State and the Sacramento Sports Commission.
The men's program will send two athletes to nationals. 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 nationals as he placed fifth in the pole vault at the NCAA East Regional with a height of 5.21m/17'1". His best vault of the season was a 5.31m/17'5" at the Chanticleer Classic, which ranks him 13th in the country. The preliminaries for the pole vault are Wednesday, June 8 at 9 p.m. est. The pole vault finals are on Friday, June 10 at 9:50 p.m. est. Last season, Johnson finished 20th in the NCAA in the pole vault.
Senior Terah Kipchiris (Kitale, Kenya/Saboti Secondary) qualified for NCAA Nationals in the 3,000m steeplechase with a school-record 8:48.42 at the NCAA East Regional. Kipchiris is ranked 23rd in the field of 26, with this being his first trip to nationals. The steeplechase preliminaries are Wednesday, June 8 at 11:35 pm est, with the top 14 qualifying for the finals on Friday, June 10 at 9:50 p.m. est.
The women's program is represented by sophomore Chasity Johnson (North Charleston, S.C./Fort Dorchester) who qualified in the triple jump. She broke her own school record and finished third at the NCAA East Regional with a jump of 13.33m/43'9". She is currently ranked eighth in the country. Qualifying for the triple jump is on Friday, June 10 at 10:30 p.m. est, while the finals are slated for Saturday, June 11 at 9:30 p.m. est. Johnson already is an NCAA Indoor All-American in the triple jump as she finished seventh at the NCAA Indoor National Championships with a leap of 13.20m/43'3.75".
All the action can be followed at http://www.ncaasports.com/track-and-field/results/outdoor/2005/div1/finals/0608