April 29, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - Despite a weather delay on day one of the world's largest and oldest relay carnival, it did not deter from a Coastal Carolina record and strong performances by the women’s track and field team on the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field track at the 117th Running of the Penn Relays Thursday.
Kierra Gabe highlighted the day for the Chanticleers as she captured the gold medal in the Eastern Section of the women’s high jump.
Not only did Gabe claim her first high jump event win of the season, but she broke the Coastal Carolina record in the event as well. Gabe cleared the impressive height of 1.76m (5-9.25) on her seventh jump of the day. Gabe’s leap powered her past the previous Coastal record of 1.73m (5-8) and left her a mere .75 inch from equaling the Big South standard of 1.78m (5-10).
The quartet of Ashley Davis, Darriale Henley, Erica Peake and Melekia Simpson placed 25 of 86 teams in the heat stages of the 4x100 meter relay. The Chants finished the event in a 46.64 clip to place fourth in the third of the day’s 10 heats.
In the 3,000 meter run, Arlington Heights, Ill. native Jamie Brusa finished 28 in the championship section. She completed the 7.5 lap race in 10:19.06.
Darriale Henley and Sierra Oates both represented the Chanticleers in the college section of the long jump. Henley turned in a distance of 5.61m (18-5) to finish 16th, while Oates leapt 5.23m (17-2) to place 23rd.
The Championship division of the javelin saw Deborah Mattern, who claimed her third straight Big South crown in the event last weekend, throw for a distance of 38.85m (127-5). Caitlin Lupo, competing in the college section of the javelin, turned in a distance of 35.11m (115-2).
Gabe and the 4x200 meter relay team will be in action on day two of the Penn Relays starting at 11 a.m. on Friday.