March 17, 2012
MYRTLE BEACH - Freshman distance runner Letitia Saayman led the Coastal Carolina women's track and field team with a win in the 5,000m on Friday at the CCU/Shamrock Invitational. In all, five individuals and one relay team turned in top 10 finishes during day two of the annual event.
Saayman stopped the clock in the 5,000m at 17:20.29, besting the runner-up by over four seconds. Also wearing the black and teal of Coastal in the event was sophomore Emily Marchini who finished sixth in the 50-competitior field with a time of 17:53.38.
In the sprints freshmen Ruby Durham and Symphony Thompson made their collegiate outdoors season debuts in the 100m with times of 12.30 and 12.64, respectively. Newcomer Camille Hurley posted a time of 15.07 in the 100m hurdles to qualify for Saturday's finals. Ciatlin Baker finished the hurdles in 16.02.
The Chants `A' 4x200m relay team of Erica Peake, Qwontajah Thompson, Sharmaine Barnes and Gabrielle Lee turned in a second place effort with a time of 1:38.21. The quartet's time is just a mere four tenths of a second shy of the CCU record of 1:37.86.
Kierra Gabe paced Coastal in the field event as she placed third in the high jump with a height of 1.65m (5-05) on her third attempt of the day. Mary Lawrence cleared 3.35m (10-11.75) in the pole vault to place 14th in the `A' section of the event. Jocelyn Starinshak finished with a final height of 2.75m (9-00.25) in the `B' pole vault section.
The Chanticleer throwers competed in the hammer throw on the day with Naomi Atkins placing 24th with a distance of 44.70m (146-08). Junior Shantelle Patterson and senior Brittany Connor each participated in the annual Amber Campbell Invitational Women's Hammer. Patterson placed third with a 55.98m (183-08) toss on her second attempt. Connor finished sixth with a final distance of 50.82m (166-09).
The 2012 Shamrock Invitational will conclude with a full slate of events on Saturday. Action at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium is scheduled to start at 9 a.m., with the men's discus, women's javelin and men's and women's long jump.