May 14, 2011
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Coastal Carolina women’s track & field team wrapped up day one of the North Florida Invitational on Friday evening.
The Chanticleers were represented in six events on the day with a combined five individuals advancing to Saturday’s finals in the 100 meter dash and 100 meter hurdles.
All four Chants entered in the 100 meter dash advanced past the preliminary round and into Saturday’s finals. Pacing Coastal in the event was Erica Peake with a personal record of 11.74 to place eighth overall. Melekia Simpson also finished with a personal best time of 11.84 to place ninth overall closely followed by Darriale Henley in tenth with an 11.87. Gabrielle Lee rounded out the Chanticleer finishes with a personal record 12.27.
Ashley Davis, a native of Spartanbug, S.C., qualified for Saturday’s 100 meter hurdles final with a 14.57 to place eighth overall. Estefania Ramirez just missed the 100 meter hurdle finals as she finished the event in a season-best 14.87. Melissa Arango and Caitlin Baker crossed the finish line in 15.47 and 15.74, respectively.
Jessica Dennision, the Chants lone 3,000 meter steeplechase competitor, finished the race in 12:13.88 to place fourth.
The 1,500 meter run saw junior Christian Johnson continue her string of strong performances in the event as she placed second with a 4:36.51. Johnson’s time was .54 second off her personal record. Also placing in the top ten of the 1,500 meter run were Jamie Brusa in eighth (4:44.51), Emily Marchini in ninth (4:45.46) and Shelby Nicosia in tenth (4:46.95). Nicosia’s effort was good for a personal-best in the event.
Five Chants competed in field events on the day. Mary Lawrence finished with a cleared height of 3.52m (11-06.50) in the pole vault to narrowly miss her season-best mark of 3.55m (11-7.75) that was set at the Weems Baskin Relays. Darriale Henley placed seventh in the long jump with a distance of 5.75m (18-10.50) followed by Sierrah Oates in 11th with a 5.61m (18-05.00) and Keegan Woodson in 17th with a leap of 5.15m (16-10.75). In the hammer throw, Anjulia Nicholson placed third with a personal record distance of 47.44m (155-08).
The second and final day of the North Florida Invitational will start at Noon on Saturday with the women’s discus and conclude around 4:45 p.m. with the men’s 4x400 meter relay.