Men's Track and Field Announces the Signing of Nine Newcomers

Men's Track and Field Announces the Signing of Nine Newcomers

Coastal men's track and field and cross country Head Coach Jeff Jacobs announced nine athletes signed national letters of intent.


CONWAY, S.C. -- Coastal Carolina men’s track and field and cross country Head Coach Jeff Jacobs announced Friday, August 4, that nine newcomers have signed national letters of intent and will join the Chanticleer team for the upcoming 2006-07 academic year.


“We are very excited about the recruiting classed we signed,” CCU head coach Jeff Jacobs said. “We really added to the depth and balance of our young program which is mostly returning. With this squad the expectation is to improve on our finish from last season in cross country and to defend our Big South Championship in track and field.”


The nine newcomers new to the CCU men’s roster include:


Matthew Allen (Georgetown, S.C./Georgetown), was the fourth ranked South Carolina high school senior in 2006 in the 100-meter-dash with a personal best time of 10.83. Allen was also the 2006 Region Champion in the 100 meters, as well as a football team captain in 2005 for Georgetown High School.


Boyce Bivings Jr. (Spartanburg S.C./Spartanburg), a jumper who holds personal best jumps of 21-6.25 in the long jump and 45-5 in the triple jump. Bivings was the 2006 coaches’ award winner after finishing eighth in the triple jump at the 2006 South Carolina high school state championships. Also, during his tenure at Spartanburg High School, Bivings played wide receiver and defensive back on the football team and was on the academic honor roll in 2006.


Kasheem Clifton (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern), a hurdler, holds a personal best time of 15.10 seconds in the 110-meter high hurdles. While competing for Northwestern High, Clifton placed seventh in the state championships in 2006.


Max Hacker (Hazelwood, Mo./Hazelwood West) will compete as a distance runner for the Chanticleers. Hacker holds personal-best times of 4:23 in the 1600 meters and 9:46 in the 3200 meters. On the cross country front, Hacker placed 24th in the 2005 Missouri state high school cross country championships, as well as being a state finalist in the 1600 meters in 2005 and 2006.


John Heron (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius), a distance runner, has personal best times of 4:22.44 in the 1600 meters, 8:58 in the 3000 meters (indoor), 9:32.19 in the 3200 meters and 9:21.32, a New York section III record, in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Heron was a member of the 2006 Nike Indoor national 4x1600-meter-relay championship team that now holds the meet record. Heron was also a member of the distance medley relay team at the Penn Relays in 2006, as well as placing 20th at the Nike Cross Country National Championships in 2005 where his team placed third. Heron was also the 2005 New York section III cross country Individual champion and the 2006 Indoor league champion in the 3200 meters.


John “Jack” Hutchison (Chester, Md./Kent Island), notched personal-best times of 7.57 in the 55-meter high hurdles, 14.40 in the 110-meter high hurdles, 39.14 in the 300-meter hurdles and 22.75 in the 200 meters. Hutchison is a five time Maryland state hurdle champion, grabbing the title in the 2006 Maryland high school state indoor 55-meter high hurdle champion as well as, the outdoor 300-meter hurdle champion in 2004, 2005, and 2006. Hutchison also holds the 2006 title in the 110-meter high hurdles.


Jason Lambert (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry), will most likely compete in the long jump where he holds a personal best leap of 23-1.25. Lambert was the 2006 New Hampshire high school state long jump champion. He also holds personal-best times of 22.23 in the 200 meters and 49.70 in the 400 meters and was the 2006 state champion the indoor 300 meters. While competing for Londonderry High, Lambert lettered in four other varsity sports including football, baseball, basketball and lacrosse.


Benjamin Wheeler (Spartanburg S.C./Spartanburg), was the 2006 Spartanburg High School “Most Valuable Hurdler” and the South Carolina high school runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles. Wheeler holds personal best times of 14.65 in the 110-meter hurdles and 57.90 in the 400-meter hurdles. Also at Spartanburg High, Wheeler graduated with recognition and was a National Technological Honor Society Nominee.


Chris Abercrombie (Mauldin S.C./Mauldin (Charleston Southern)), will compete in throws for the Chanticleers. Abercrombie comes to CCU after competing for Charleston Southern where he finished sixth in the discuss at the 2005 Big South Championships. Abercrombie, the Mauldin High graduate, holds personal bests of 158-3 in the discuss and 46-5.5 in the shot put.


The men’s team will open the cross country season in Boone, N.C., to compete in the Covered Bridge Open on September 1.     



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