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Head Coach Jeff Jacobs Announces 2011-12 Recruiting Class

Men's cross country/ track & field will welcome 11 new members to the program in 2011-12.

Head coach Jeff Jacobs led the Chants to a second place finish at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 2011.

Head coach Jeff Jacobs led the Chants to a second place finish at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 2011.

Aug. 3, 2011

CONWAY - Coastal Carolina men's cross country/track and field head coach Jeff Jacobs has announced his 2011-12 signing class.

The class includes 10 student-athletes that have excelled throughout their high school careers. Additionally, the Chants will welcome one transfer; Jackson Corcoran who qualified for the 2011 NCAA Preliminary Round in the javelin throw while at Robert Morris. The recruiting class brings in great experience and expectations as each has performed on their respective state's regional and state championship stage.

"This is a quality group of athletes that will make an impact in every event area of our program: sprints, jumps, hurdles, distance/cross country and throws," said Jacobs. "I am very pleased with this year's incoming class."

The Chanticleers will embark on the 2011 cross country season at the South Carolina Gamecock Open on Friday, September 2.

Freshman Signees:
Eric Brown (Stone Mountain Ga./Parkview HS)
Event: Sprints | Personal Bests--60m: 7.06, 100m: 10.87, 200m: 21.90
At Parkview HS: Region 8-AAAAA Champion in 200m and runner-up in the 100m in 2011... Finalist in the 2011 5A Georgia Olympics in the 100m (8th), 200m (7th) and 4x100m Relay (4th).

Tyler Cummings (Pennsville, N.J./Pennsville HS)
Event: Distance/Cross Country | Personal Bests - 1,600m: 4:25.45, 3,200m: 9:35.10
At Pennsville HS: First ever three-time Salem County HS Cross Country Champion... Three-time qualifier to NJSIAA Group Cross Country Championships... Finished 17th in the 3,200m at the 2011 New Jersey Meet of Champions... NJSIAA 2011 Section Champion in 3,200m and runner-up in 1600m... High school coach is Coastal Carolina track & field alum Geoff Shute.

Carrington Fernandors (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman HS)
Event: Hurdles | Personal Bests--110mHH: 14.55, 400mIH: 55.84
At Dorman HS: Runner-up at 2011 SCHSL AAAA State Championships in the 110mHH, finished fourth in the 400mIH, ran leg on first place 4x100m relay team, and ran leg on runner-up 4x400m relay; helping Dorman to the AAAA State Team Title... Region 2-AAAA and Spartanburg County Champion in both 110mHH and 400mIH in 2011... Finished fifth in the 110mHH and eighth in the 400mIH at the 2010 SCHSL as a junior in 2010.

Zach Hensel (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Carolina Forest HS)
Event: Distance/Cross Country | Personal Bests--1,600m: 4:35.49, 3,200m: 9:55.32
At Carolina Forest HS: Finished sixth in 3,200m at 2011 SCHSL AAAA State Championship... Regional champion in 1,600m and 3,200m as a senior in 2011... Finished 17th at 2009 SCHSL Cross Country AAAA State Championship... Three-time qualifier for the SCHSL Cross Country State Championships... Won Coastal Carolina University High School Cross Country Invitational in 2010.

Joseph Keitt (Columbia, S.C./Ridgeview HS)
Event: Distance/Cross Country | Personal Bests--1,600m: 4:22.58, Mile: 4:23.48, 3,200m: 9:31.89
At Ridgeview HS: Runner-up in the 3,200m and placed third in the 1,600m at the 2011 SCHSL AAAA State Championships... Section winner of the 2011 Emerging Elite Mile at the New Balance High School Outdoor National Championships in Greensboro, N.C.... Ran 15:39 for 5k cross country personal record at 2010 Footlocker South Championships... Runner-up at 2009 SCHSL Cross Country AAAA Championship as a junior, finished 11th as a senior and 10th as a sophomore.

Jake McKown (Greer, S.C./Greer HS)
Events: Hurdles | Personal Bests--400mH: 56.07
At Greer HS: Placed third in the 400mH at the 2011 SCHSL AAA State Championships and anchored the 4x400m Relay team to a sixth place finish... Two-time Region 3-AAA Champion in the 400mH... Finished fourth in the 2010 SCHSL AAA State Championship in the 400mIH as a junior... Holds the Greer school record in the 400mIH.

Evan Niciphor (Moseley, Va./Cosby HS)
Event: Distance/Cross Country | Personal Bests--1,600m: 4:22.90, 3,200m 9:30.76
At Cosby HS: Finished 17th in the 3,200m at the 2011 Virginia High School State AAA Championship... Took third place in 3,200m at the Central Region Championships... Turned in a fifth place finish at the adidas Mile Stat 3,200m in personal best time of 9:30.76... Cosby HS record holder in 1,600m, 3,200m, 4x800mR and the 5K in cross country... Finished 14th in the 2010 Great American Cross Country Race of Champions in personal best time of 15:36... 2010 district champion in cross country... All-state cross country performer as a junior in 2009.

Aaron Noble (Columbia, S.C./Ridgeview HS)
Event: Jumps | Personal Bests--High Jump: 6-7 (2.01m), Long Jump 21-7 (6.58m)
At Ridgeview HS: 2010 SCHSL State AAAA High Jump Champion as a junior... Finished fourth in the 2011 SCHSL State AAAA high jump... Regional high jump and long jump champion in 2010... Played quarterback on Ridgeview's football team.

Nicholas Parks (Marietta, Ga./Hillgrove HS)
Event: Sprints | Personal Bests--100m: 10.96, 200m: 22.16, 400m: 48.60.
At Hillgrove HS: Ran personal best of 48.60 to win 2011 USATF Georgia Association State Championship in the 400m and finished fourth in the 200m... Finalist at the 2011 USATF Youth National Championship in the 400m... Won the 200m and the 400m at the 2011 Sapphire Invitational.

Joseph Wilson (Florence, S.C./Wilson HS)
Events: Sprints | Personal Bests--100m: 11.09, 200m: 22.20, 400m: 50.14
At Wilson HS: Anchored 4x400m Relay team to 2011 AAA SCHSL State Championship along with finishing fourth in the 100m final... 2011 USATF SC State Junior Olympic Young Men's Champion in the 200m... Region 8-AAA champion in the 200m and runner-up in the 100m... Placed fifth in the 400m at the 2010 AAA SCHSL State Championship as a junior.

Transfer Signee:
Jackson Corcoran (Ligonier, Pa./Ligonier HS/Robert Morris)
Events: Javelin | Personal Best--Javelin: 217-3 (66.23m)
At Robert Morris: 2011 NCAA Preliminary Round qualifier in the javelin as a freshman... Won Oliver Nickoloff Invitational with a personal best throw of 217-3 (66.23m)... Finished third in the javelin at the Northeast Conference Championships to earn all-conference honors... Posted an eighth place finish in the javelin at the Wake Forest Open.
At Ligonier HS: Finished fourth at the 2010 PIAA Track & Field AA State Championship with a high school best javelin throw of 192-5 (58.65)... District 6-AA Champion in javelin.