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Chants Turn in Strong Performances in Second Day of CCU/Shamrock Invitational

Emily Marchini

Emily Marchini

March 19, 2011

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina men’s and women’s track & field teams turned in strong performances in the second day of the CCU/Shamrock held at Myrtle Beach High School’s Doug Shaw Stadium.

Women’s head coach Alan Connie saw three individuals advance to the finals of their respective running events to be held on Saturday. Jerica Howard was the first to advance to the finals in the 100 meters as she turned in the 13th best mark in the field of 51 with a time of 12.43. In the 100 meter hurdles both Melissa Arango and Sierrah Oates advance to the finals after crossing the finish line with time of 15.20 and 15.29, respectively.

Coastal fielded three teams in the 4x200m with each team placing in the top seven of the 16 team field. Coastal Carolina ‘A’ consisting of Erica Peake, Santresa Jamison, Ashley Davis and Vondeeshia Humphries led the charge placing fourth in 1:40.41.

Also impressing on the track were Emily Marchini and Jamie Brusa, both standouts last fall during the cross country season, in the 10,000 meters. Marchini placed second in 37:55.57 while Brusa followed close behind in third with a time of 38:03.69.

In the field events, the Chants combined to tally five top ten finishes. Kierra Gabe led the charge with a second place finish in the high jump clearing a height of 1.65m (5-05.00). Kandisa Allicock also faired well in the high jump with a height of 1.65m (5-05.00) to place sixth. Mary Lawrence placed fifth in the pole vault clearing a height of 3.35m (10-11.75).

In the hammer throw Shantelle Patterson claimed a fourth place finish with a throw of 49.39m (162-00) in the Amber Campbell Hammer Throw Invitational. Alumnus Amber Campbell won the event with a personal record of 72.07m (236-05). Anjulia Nicholson placed fifth in the Shamrock’s hammer throw with a distance of 43.66 (143-03).

On the men’s side, head coach Jeff Jacobs had two individuals advance to the finals of the 110 meter hurdles. Shane Norris led the charge with a time of 15.06 while Russel Kanner was just behind turning in a time of 15.27.

The Chanticleers’ 4x200m relay team of Chris Lawson, Ryan Edlich, Lenny Steed and Raheen Frederick placed seventh as they crossed the finish line in 1:27.15. The G.W. Express/Nike club team that featured Olympian Bershawn Jackson running the anchor leg won the event.

The men continued to impress in the field events during the meet as the Chants finished the day with four top six finishes. Charlie Tidwell was the top collegiate finisher in the hammer with a distance of 58.79m (192-10). Jason Flanagan finished fourth in the javelin as he threw for 62.31m (204-05).

Raheen Frederick placed sixth in the long jump with a distance of 6.97m (22-10.5). Ryan Fill also picked up a sixth place finish of his own in the javelin as threw for 60.68m (199-01).

The Chanticleers will wrap up the CCU/Shamrock Invitational on Saturday, March 19. The day will start at 11am and conclude at roughly 5:30 pm.