April 16, 2010
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina University women’s track and field team had a successful second day at the Big South Conference Championship Friday, April 16, finishing the day with three champions and a school-high 14 qualifiers going into the final day tomorrow. The Chanticleers are 5.5 points behind Liberty after day two with 84 points.
Ikeiylah Brown set another Big South all-time record in the 100 meters with her 11.48 qualifying time, winning the second heat. Also qualifying in the event was Darriale Henley with a time of 11.78, Melekia Simpson at 11.93 and London Smalls with a time of 12.18.
Kandisa Allicock was crowned champion in the high jump after clearing 5’5.25” (1.66m) while Kara Gajoch tied for 11th with a 5’1.25” (1.56m) mark. Mikaela Terry rounded out the pack at 13th with a 4’9.50” (1.46m) jump.
Coastal earned its second Big South title of the day in the shot put with Brittany Connor throwing 42’5.25” (12.93m). Shantelle Patterson finished the event with a 39’10.50” (12.15m) mark while Anjulia Nicholson and Tenasia White threw 35’11.50” (10.96m) and 33’9.25” (10.29m), respectively.
The final champion of the day for the Chanticleers was crowned in the pole vault with Mary Lawrence taking the top spot, clearing 11’8” (3.56m). Jocelyn Starinshak was not far behind in fifth with a 10’8.25” (3.26m) mark.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Joyce Curtin was the top finisher at seventh with a time of 12:11.79. Jessica Dennison finished right behind, crossing the line in 12:34.95 while Kathryn Zenowitz placed 12th at 13:03.05.
The Chants had two people qualify in the 200 meters with Brown running 23.63 to win her heat. Henley also qualified with a time of 24.71 to place second in her heat.
In the 400 meters, three Chanticleers move on the finals with Vondeeshia Humphries earning the fastest time of the group at 56.40. Santresa Jamison and Jerica Howard also qualified after running 56.51 and 57.99, respectively.
Christian Johnson took the top spot in her heat in the 800 meters to move on the finals tomorrow after running 2:15.06.
Three Chanticleers move on to the finals in the 100-meter hurdles in Sierrah Oates, Melissa Arango and Kandisa Allicock. Oates and Arango finished second and third in the first heat, running 14.49 and 14.56, respectively. Allicock placed fourth in the second heat with a time of 14.75.
Shanace Issac was the only Chant to qualify in the 400-meter hurdles after running 1:06.66 in the event.
“Overall, we had a very successful day as three champions were crowned out of four final events” Head Coach Alan Connie. “I really want to congratulate Mary Lawrence in the pole vault, Brittany Connor in the shot put and Kandisa Allicock in the high jump for winning their events. We also had a lot of other people place and give us points today. I really felt good about the qualifying; it was the most we have ever qualified in the six events that had preliminaries today. The most qualifiers we’ve had was 12, but we had 14 today. We’ve never had four qualify in the 100 meters before like we did today and I am very proud of that. Also, congratulations to Ikeiylah Brown who set a Big South all-time record in the qualifiying round of the 100 meters with 11.48.”
Coastal Carolina will look to defend their 2009 title tomorrow in the final day of the Big South Championship. The discus will be the first event of the day and is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.