CONWAY, S.C. -- Coastal Carolina mens 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 mens 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
Boyce Bivings Jr. (
Kasheem Clifton (
Max Hacker (
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
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.
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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
The mens team will open the cross country season in