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Women's Indoor Track & Field Finish Second at Big South Championships

Chanticleers finished with six individual conference champions and 15 All-Conference honorees.

Ikeiylah Brown won the 60-meter dash and 200 meters

Ikeiylah Brown won the 60-meter dash and 200 meters

Feb. 28, 2010

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CONWAY, S.C. - The Coastal Carolina University women's indoor track and field team was unable to bring home its fifth straight Big South Conference Indoor Championship, finishing second behind Liberty in the final day. In a fight to the finish, the spread between the two teams was 37.50 points with Liberty finishing with 182.5 and Coastal recording 145.

Overall, the Chanticleers finished with six individual conference champions and 15 All-Conference honorees.

Senior Ikeiylah Brown was the top Chant of the weekend, bringing home two individual conference championships in the 60-meter dash and 200 meters. Brown improved upon her 60-meter dash preliminary time 7.51 to 7.48, a season best. She also took home the crown in the 200 meters after running a 24.38, another season best.

Darriale Henley joined Brown in scoring in both the 60-meter dash and 200 meters, earning All-Big South honors in the 60 meters, placing second with a time of 7.52. In the 200 meters, Henley was just shy of earning All-Big South after finishing fourth at 25.24. Joining Brown and Henley in the finals, Melekia Simpson crossed the line at 7.77 to finish sixth overall.

The 4x400-meter relay, consisting of Santresa Jamison, Vondeeshia Humphries, Brown and Samantha Keenan, outran the competition to take home the title in a time of 3:49.64.

Melissa Arango was crowned the 60-meter hurdles champions after running a season-best 8.72 in the event. Sierrah Oates joined her in the finals, crossing the finish line in seventh with a time of 9.12.

In the 400-meter finals, Santresa Jamison placed third in 56.65, earning All-Big South honors while Vondeeshia Humphries finished fifth in 57.29.

Mary Lawrence earned All-Big South honors in the pole vault by clearing 11'5.75" (3.50m) to finish second, while Jocelyn Starinshak placed 15th with a 9'6.25" (2.90m) height.

In the shot put, Shantelle Patterson threw a season-best 40'1.25" (12.22m) to finish third in the weight throw, earning All-Big South honors. Brittany Connor finished right behind Patterson in fourth with a 39'9.75" (12.13m) mark while Robin Callan and Anjulia Nicholson finished 10th and 15th, respectively.

Kierra Gabe was the top Chant in the triple jump, placing sixth with a 37'4.5" (11.39m) mark. Thomasena Smith and Kristen Crawford completed the event in 10th and 16th, respectively.

The distance runners represented well with Shelby Donahue placing sixth in the mile run with a time of 5:12.58 and Rindi Wood crossing the line at 19:09.02 in the 5,000 meters.

"I am just very proud of our ladies for the way they fought so hard today," Head Coach Alan Connie said. "We went in with adversity, missing some key people, but we just kept battling the entire meet and had wonderful results, winning six of 17 events. I am very proud with the way they responded. We had to come home with the runner-up trophy for the first time in five years, but we are really motivated to go after it and defend our outdoor title in six and half weeks."

The Chanticleers will take a small group of athletes to the Virginia Tech Last Chance Indoor Meet March 6.