April 6, 2012
DURHAM, N.C./AUBURN, ALA. - The Coastal track and field teams split its squads, sending student-athletes to both the Duke Invitational and Auburn-hosted Tiger Track Classic on Friday.
Anna Carnegie, a freshman, finished second in her flight of the triple jump with a distance of 11.19m (36-08.50) to advance to the event finals. Carnegie would record two jumps in the mid 10-meter range during the finals on her way to placing ninth overall in the 17-competitor field that also featured two unattached athletes.
Coastal came away with a pair of top 10 finishes in the developmental section of the men's 200m dash. Sophomore Victor Howze placed fourth overall and third in his heat with a time of 23.15. Darren Tymczak stopped the watch in 23.49 to finish third in his heat and ninth overall.
Carnegie also competed in the developmental section of the 200m dash. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native won the second heat of the afternoon with a 26.53 on her way to placing fourth overall.
The 400m hurdles saw Caitlin Baker turn in a season-best time of 1:03.94. The sophomore finished second in her heat and 12th overall. Freshman Jake McKnown, making his Chanticleer debut, placed 25th in the men's 400m hurdles with a time of 59.84.
Standouts Christian Johnson and Sophie Perry both placed inside the top 10 in the 46-competitor 1,500m run. Johnson, a senior, finished with a time of 4:39.91 to take home eighth overall. Perry finished ninth overall and first in her heat as she crossed the finish line in 4:40.03. Freshman Letitia Saayman placed 26th with a 4:48.42.
Cameron Well finished the men's 1,500m run in 4:06.58 to place 42nd in the stout field.
Freshmen Evan Niciphor and Tyler Cummings each turned in personal-record setting performances in the "C" section of the 5,000m run. Niciphor stopped the clock in 15:28.49, placing seventh in the 28-member field. Cummings finished in 15:42.96, crossing the finish line in 18th.
Tiger Track Classic
Jason Flanagan, a senior, defeated 19 competitors on his way to winning the javelin title at the Tiger Track Classic. Flanagan, who set the CCU and Big South all-time record at the UNF Invitational and ranks seventh overall in the NCAA, nearly equaled his record-setting throw with a distance of 72.09m (236-06) on his final attempt of the day. Each of Flanagan's performances this season rank in the top three all-time in both the Coastal and Big South record books.
Tyler Slapikas, a sophomore, also competed in the javelin, placing 13th overall with a heave of 50.65m (166-02) on his opening throw.
The women's hammer throw senior Shantelle Patterson throw for a personal-best distance of 56.55m (185-06). The Pawleys Island native was the top collegian in the field with a third-place finish. Brittany Connor finished 12th with a toss of 48.99m (160-09) followed by Naomi Atkins (43.87m (143-11)) in 21st.
Newcomers Danielle England and Tiffani Kuhn each turned in top-10 worthy performances in the women's javelin. England, a freshman from South Orange, N.J., threw for 38.09m (125-00) on her fourth throw of the day to place fifth. Kuhn placed two spots behind England in seventh with a toss of 36.79m (120-08).
A trio of Chanticleer men took to the cage for the hammer throw with freshman Ryan Minor coming away with a Coastal Carolina season and personal-best effort. Minor threw for 53.09m (174-02) on his opening attempt as he placed 12th in the 30-competitor field. Ruby, S.C., native Cameron Griggs placed 17th with a throw of 48.31m (158-06) followed by senior Tyler Swanson in 18th with a final distance of 48.12m (157-10).