April 21, 2011
LEXINGTON, Va. - Senior Deborah Mattern of the Coastal Carolina women's track & field team made Big South Conference history as she led the Chants into first place after day one of the Big South Conference Championship Meet.
Behind five individual all-conference efforts, Coastal Carolina holds an impressive 57-22 lead over last season's champion Liberty after four completed events. Gardner-Webb (19 points), Charleston Southern (19 points) and High Point (18 points) round out the top five after day one's competition.
Mattern won the javelin with a throw of 43.34m (142-02) to capture her third consecutive Big South title in the event. In doing so, Mattern will be written into the Big South record books as the only woman to win three javelin championships in Big South history.
Also earning All-Big South honors in the javelin was senior Caitlin Lupo as she placed second with a final distance of 42.28m (138-08). Bridget Garrity finished fifth with a heave of 37.88m (124-03) to pick up valuable team points.
The long jump saw two Chants turn in all-conference efforts as Darriale Henley and Sierrah Oates finished second and third, respectively. Henley, who won her flight before entering the finals, leaped 5.85m (19-02.50), while Oates finished with a distance of 5.79m (19-00).
Shantelle Patterson claimed her first All-Big South honor in the hammer throw as she finished third overall with a final distance of 47.41m (155-06). Just missing the top three was Anjulia Nicholson who placed fourth with a throw of 46.97m (154-01).
Day two of the Big South Conference Championship Meet will start at 11 a.m. tomorrow with the 110 meter hurdles section of the men's decathlon.
Big South Championship Standings
Coastal Carolina - 57 points
Liberty - 22 points
Gardner-Webb - 19 points
Charleston Southern - 19 points
High Point - 18 points
Radford - 10 points
Winthrop - 8 points
VMI - 3 points