May 27, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Three members of the Coastal Carolina women’s track and field team competed in the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Bloomington, Ind. on Friday.
Indiana University’s Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex played host to the meet as the top 48 individuals in each event of the NCAA East region attempted to qualify for the NCAA Championship meet by finishing in the top 12 of their respective events.
Sprinter Erica Peake led the competing Chanticleers on the day as she advanced to the quarterfinals of the 200-meters. The sophomore finished third in the sixth and final heat of the 200-meters with a time of 24.23 to automatically advance to the quarterfinals. On Saturday, Peake will join 23 other competitors stepping into the starting blocks with the top 12 fastest times advancing to the NCAA Championship meet in Des Moines, Iowa.
Turnbridge, Vt. native Deborah Mattern turned in a 33rd place finish in the javelin. The senior, who earlier this season set both the Coastal Carolina and Big South Conference record with a toss of 46.03m (151-00), finished with a final distance of 41.83m (137-03). Mattern concludes her exceptional collegiate career with three NCAA first round appearances and as the only woman in Big South history to capture three javelin crowns.
Junior Kierra Gabe made her debut at the NCAA East Preliminary Round finishing tied for 18th in the high jump. The Adams Run, N.C. native cleared 1.75m (5-8.75) on her third jump of the day. The mark equaled Gabe’s own Coastal Carolina record that she set at the Penn Relays. Additionally, Gabe was only one of ten athletes in the 48-competitor field to clear the 1.75m height on her first attempt.
On Saturday evening, the Chanticleers’ Big South champion 4x100-meter relay foursome of Ashley Davis, Darriale Henley, Peake and Melekia Simpson will line up in the fifth lane of the third heat as the quartet attempts to punch its ticket to the NCAA Championship meet. The team qualified for the championships on the final day of the season with a school record-breaking time of 44.83 at the North Florida Invitational.