April 14, 2012
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men's and women's track and field teams hosted the annual Chanticleer Classic, claiming eight event wins and sweeping three podiums on a picturesque Saturday on the Chanticleers' Conway campus.
Prior to the start of the running events, seniors Jason Flanagan, Corey Jameson, Jason Jensen, Burton Jones II, Kyle Kling, Anthony Lynch, Shane Norris, Chad Phillips, Tyler Swanson, Darren Tymczak, Santresa Jamison, Shantelle Patterson, Samantha Simile, Kierra Gabe, Christian Johnson and Brittany Connor where honored for their accomplishments and contributions to the Chanticleer track and field programs.
Stevie Brunson was Coastal's top sprinter on the day as he tied for first in the 400m-dash with a personal-record time of 49.06. DeAndra Lipscomb also turned in a personal-best in the event, crossing the finish line in 49.48 to place fifth. Anthony Lynch, who was competing in his first career 400m, ran a 49.58 to place seventh. Darren Tymczak placed 13th in a season-best 51.93.
Eric Brown, a freshman, ran a career-best 11.02 in the men's 100m to place fourth in the 15-competitor field.
Junior Jerica Howard finished third in the 16-member women's 200m-dash field with a time of 25.85. The time was Howard's quickest of the season. The Hanahan, S.C., native also competed in the 400m-dash, stopping the clock in 59.81 to earn fourth.
Lynch led the Chants in the men's 200m-dash with a fifth-place finish in 22.08. Brown was hot on Lynch's heals, finishing sixth in 22.30. Nicholas Parks placed 11th with a time of 22.63.
Newcomer Nyala Waring ran a career-best time of 1:01.10 in the 400m on her way to a seventh-place finish.
Sophomore Russel Kanner won both the men's 110m and 400m hurdles. The Aiken, S.C., native ran a 15.08 in the 110m hurdles and a career-best 54.52 in the 400m variety. Carrington Fernandors ran second to Kanner in the 110m hurdles, finishing in 15.13. Jacob McKnown placed second in the 400m hurdles with a 57.53.
Samantha Simile was the Chanticleer only women's hurdler to compete on the day. The senior claimed fifth in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:07.70.
Kyle Kling easily won the men's 3,000m-run to lead the Chants to a sweep of the podium. Kling, who holds Coastal's all-time record in the event, ran an 8:53.29. Freshman Evan Niciphor placed second in 8:59.23 followed by sophomore Spencer Lange (9:40.32) in third.
Keegan Woodson turned in a fourth-place-worthy performance in the women's long jump as she leapt for 5.10m (16-08.75). The distance is Woodson's second best of the season, trailing her impressive 5.21 (17-01.25) effort at the CCU/Shamrock Invitational.
On the men's side, both Aaron Noble and JaDarrell Barnette recorded third-place finishes. Nobel tied for third in the high jump with a cleared height of 1.92m (6-03.50). Barnett nearly equaled his season-best in the triple jump with a leap of 13.63m (44-08.75).
The Chanticleers displayed their full contingent of throwers at the meet, placing no lower than seventh in any event.
Coastal swept the podium in both the women's hammer throw and the men's shot put. Senior Brittany Connor recorded a season-best throw of 53.94m (177-00) on her way to winning the hammer. Shantelle Patterson, who currently ranks 18h in the NCAA East Region, claimed runner-up honors with a toss of 53.66m (176-00). Anjulia Nicholson also came away with a season-best as she hurled the implement 48.30m (158-05) down range. Naomi Atkins finished fourth behind her trio of teammates with a distance of 47.21m (154-11). Atkins' throw surpassed her previous season-best by nearly three meters.
Freshman Ryan Minor continued his great rookie campaign, taking medalist honors in the shot put with a distance of 14.89m (48-10.25). Cameron Griggs was tenths of a meter behind Minor in second with a throw of 14.13m (46-04.25). Tyler Swanson finished third with a toss of 13.83m (45-04.50).
Minor, as he has done for much of the season, led the Chants in the men's hammer throw, placing second with a final distance of 51.68m (169-07). Swanson finished third in the event with a season-best heave of 49.49m (162-04). Griggs earned fourth, throwing the implement 48.48m (159-01). Gore (44.68m (146-07)) rounded out the Coastal competitors in seventh.
The women's throwers nearly claimed another top-three sweep in the shot put. Patterson won the event with a distance of 12.93m (42-05.25) followed by Atkins (12.54m (41-01.75)) in second and Connor in fourth with a season-best 12.12m (39-09.25).
Nicholson was Coastal's top finisher in the discus with a final distance of 42.71m (140-01) to place second. Connor earned third with a throw of 42.29m (138-09) followed by Atkins in sixth with a season-best 35.31m (115-10) effort.
Led by Griggs' second-place finish, Coastal scored four of the top six finishes in the men's discus. Griggs narrowly missed winning the event as he threw for 46.48m (1542-06). James Gore placed third with a personal-best 45.88m (150-06) performance. Swanson (45.85m (150-05)) took fourth followed by Minor's personal-record distance of 41.79m (137-01) in sixth.
The Chanticleers now turn their attention to the Big South Championships. Coastal will host the three-day meet at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach Thursday through Saturday, April 19-21. The women's team will look to capture their second consecutive conference title and seventh since 2004. The men will bid for their third league crown and first since the 2006 season.