April 2, 2011
AUBURN, Ala. - The Coastal Carolina women's track & field team finished the Auburn University Tiger Track Classic with nine top 10 finishes on the weekend.
The meet, held at Hutsell-Rosen Track, featured athletes from 18 universities from across the southeastern United States.
Junior Christian Johnson picked up where she left off last weekend at the Weems Baskin Invitational as she turned in two top 10 finishes at the Tiger Track Classic. Johnson a mid-distance aficionado placed sixth in the 1,500 meters in 4:38.53 to improve on her previous personal best by .23 seconds. Johnson was also the 15th place finisher in the 800 meters with a 2:16.54 clip.
The Chanticleers weekend started off with strong efforts form Deborah Mattern and Caitlin Lupo in the javelin and Anjulia Nicholson in the hammer throw on Firday evening. Mattern threw for a season best mark of 44.23m (145-01) to place fifth, while Lupo finished ninth with a toss of 38.90m (127-07). Nicholson threw her season best of 44.56m (146-02) in the hammer.
Sierrah Oates continued her stellar senior season as she placed seventh in the long jump with a leap of 5.62m (18-5.25). Oates' jump was the farthest by any Chant this season.
Emily Marchini also collected a top 10 finish in the 1,500 meters as she was the ninth runner to cross the finish line in a personal record setting time of 4:44.07.
The Chanticleers had two of the top nine collegiate finishers in the 200 meters in Santresa Jamison and Vondeeshia Humphries. Johnson finished the event in 56.71, while Humphries was on her heels with a time of 56.75. The duo were the eighth and ninth collegiate finishers, respectively.
In the 3,000 meters, Jessica Dennison placed 10th in 10:24.53. Dennison's time was her best of the 2011 season in the event.
The Coastal Carolina `A' 4x100 meter relay team claimed the Chants final top 10 finish of the meet. The quartet of London Smalls, Darriale Henley, Humphries, and Melekia Simpson placed eighth in 46.75.
Next, the Chanticleers will send athletes to both the Duke Invitational and Florida State Seminole Invitational on April 8-9.