Feb. 27, 2010
CLEMSON, S.C. - The Coastal Carolina University women’s indoor track and field team concluded the first day of the Big South Indoor Track and Field Championship in a solid second place with 52 points at the Clemson Indoor Track on Saturday, Feb. 28. Liberty leads the team race with 59 points.
Sophomore Kierra Gabe won the high jump in style by setting a new conference championship meet record with a jump of 5’ 7.75” (1.72m), while junior Kandisa Allicock tied for second with a leap of 5’ 4.25”(1.63m). Sophomore Kara Gajoch placed ninth with a jump of 5’0.25" (1.53m) and Kristen Burpoe cleared 4’10.25” (1.48m), good for 10th place.
Also highlighting the day was sophomore Darriale Henley, who took the individual title in the women’s long jump with a leap of 18’ 10.5 (5.75m). Teammate Sierrah Oates made it a 1-2 Chanticleer finish in the event with her mark of 18’ 7.75" (5.68m). Junior Melissa Arango placed 12th with a mark of 17’5.25” (5.31m), while junior Thomasena Smith tied for 15th at 16’2.25” (4.93m).
In the distance medley relay, the team of Rindi Wood, Smith, Peggy Busbee and Johnson combined for a time of 12:40.04, placing fourth.
Sophomore Shantelle Patterson finished fourth in the weight throw with a toss of 50’10.25” (15.50). Classmate Robin Callan tossed a 48’8” (14.83m), good for sixth, while junior Brittany Connor followed in seventh with a throw of 48’1.75” (14.67m).
Placing seventh in the pentathlon, junior Mikaela Terra scored 2748 points, while freshman Jenna Kazmierczak scored 2472 points, good for 12th place.
The Chanticleers also had solid performances in the preliminary rounds of the various sprint events. Senior Ikeiylah Brown was the top qualifier for the 200 meters, running a 24.26 that was also a NCAA Provisional Qualifying time. Also qualifying for the finals in the 200 was Henley with a time of 25.88. In the 60-meter preliminaries, the Chanticleers had three qualifiers for Sunday's final, with Brown leading the way with a time of 7.15, while Henley and Melekia Simpson finished with times of 7.52 and 7.80, respectively. London Smalls also had a good showing, dashing for a time of 7.91.
The Chanticleers continued their success in the 60-meter hurdles as Arango was the top Chanticleer qualifier and third overall in a time of 8.83, while Oates also qualified for the finals in a time of 9.02. Sophomore Shanace Issac had a strong performance with a time of 9.17.
The Chanticleers continued to dominate in the 400-meter preliminaries as Santresa Jamison finished first in her heat and third overall with a time of 57.67, with teammate Vondeeshia Humphries qualifying for the finals in 57.68. Keenan and Felicia Aiken also ran times of 59.64 and 60.41, respectively.
In the 800-meter run prelims, Christian Johnson ran a 2:20.97, while Shelby Donahue posted a 2:21.48.
The Chanticleers will look to try to catch Liberty tomorrow, Sunday, Feb 28, as day two of the Big South Conference Championship will resume at 1 p.m.