Feb. 25, 2012
BLACKSBUG, Va. - The Coastal Carolina women's indoor track and field team cut Liberty's 49.5 point first-day advantage to 2.5 points with two events remaining, but were unable to supplant the Flames from the lead as the Chanticleers finished runners-up at the 2012 Big South Indoor Track and Field Championship held on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.
Liberty, winner of three straight indoor crowns, finished with 187 total points to edge the second-place Chanticleers (174.5) by 12.5 points. Charleston Southern claimed third with 99 points followed by Gardner-Webb (45) and UNC Asheville (30) to round out the top five.
"I am really proud of the way our ladies battled today," said head coach Alan Connie. "Coming within 2.5 points of the lead after being down 49.5 points to start the day showed great effort by our team. Finishing runners-up gives us great fuel for the fire as we head into the outdoor season and host the outdoor championships in 53 days."
Coastal's Kierra Gabe was tabbed the women's Most Outstanding Field Performer for the second consecutive year as she took home first in both the triple jump and the high jump. In all, 12 Chanticleer individuals and two relay teams took home all-conference honors by finishing in the top three of their respective events.
Senior Darriale Henley was crowned the individual 60-meter dash champion as she crossed the finish line in 7.47 seconds, followed closely by teammate Erica Peake in third with a 7.57. Ashley Davis picked up all-conference honors in the 60-meter hurdles as she stopped the clock in 8.73 seconds.
Three Chanticleers claimed top five finishes in the 200-meter dash as Erica Peake led the way with a second-place finish in 24.16 second. Newcomer Qwontajah Thompson turned in a fourth-place finish in 25.04 followed immediately by Gabrielle Lee in 25.11. Santresa Jamison (56.61) and Sharmaine Barnes (56.94) tallied all-conference times in the 400-meter dash as the pair placed second and third, respectively. Thompson and Jerica Howard finished close behind to claim fourth and fifth place finishes.
The Chants had a strong showing in the mid-distance events as freshman Sophie Perry (5:03.72) bested senior Christian Johnson (5:04.22) by five tenths of a second in the mile to claim a runner-up finish. However, Johnson (2:18.89) finished nearly four seconds ahead of her understudy in the 800 meters to finish fourth overall.
The Coastal 1600-meter relay team of Barnes, Thompson, Peake and Samantha Simile finished second in 3:52.01, earning all-conference recognition.
Coastal's field performers, led by Gabe's top finish in the high jump, totaled 43 total team points on the day. Gabe cleared 1.70m (5-7) to win her second straight high jump title. The long jump saw Henley finish second with a leap of 5.72m (18-9.25) to claim an all-conference second place finish. Gabe finished fourth in the long jump with a distance of 5.68m (18-7.5) followed closely by Peake in fifth with a jump of 5.67m (18-7.25).
All-Big South Honors
Darriale Henley - 60m, champion; long jump, second
Erica Peake - 60m, third; 200m, second
Ashley Davis - 60m hurdles, third
Santresa Jamison - 400m, second
Sharmaine Barnes - 400m, third
Sophie Perry - Mile, second
Christian Johnson - Mile, third
Distance Medley relay team - third
Letitia Saayman, Christina Davis, Jessica Dennison, Shelby Nicosia
4x400m relay team - second
Sharmaine Barnes, Qwontajah Thompson, Erica Peake, Samantha Simile
Kierra Gabe - high jump, champion; triple jump, champion
Shantelle Patterson - shot put, third
Women's Team Results
1. Liberty - 187
2. Coastal Carolina - 174.5
3. Charleston Southern - 99
4. Gardner-Webb - 45
5. UNC Asheville - 30
6. High Point - 28
7-t. Campbell - 26
7-t. VMI - 26
9. Radford - 24
10. Winthrop - 23.5
Women's Most Outstanding Track Performer
Jennifer Klugh, Liberty
Women's Most Outstanding Field Performer
Kierra Gabe, Coastal Carolina
Women's Freshman of the Year
Mulern Jean, Charleston Southern
Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Kelsey Fraser, High Point
Women's All-Academic Team
Mary Lawrence, Coastal Carolina
Kelsey Fraser, High Point
Rachel Houseknecht, Liberty
Jennifer Sing, VMI
Maggie Wissler, Radford
Rachel Carson, UNC Asheville
Sarah Hurd, Gardner-Webb
Rudi Fate, Campbell
Tara Bowman, Winthrop
Adrienne Cuff, Charleston Southern
Women's Coach of the Year
Brant Tolsma, Liberty