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Women's Track & Field Head To Chapel Hill for Dick Taylor Carolina Classic

The women's indoor track & field team are slated to compete in 10 events.

Joyce Curtin won the 5,000 meters at the VT Invitational and looks to do the same in the 3,000 meters this weekend.

Joyce Curtin won the 5,000 meters at the VT Invitational and looks to do the same in the 3,000 meters this weekend.

Jan. 28, 2010

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The Coastal Carolina University women’s indoor track and field team head to the Dick Taylor Carolina Classic, January 29-30.  This comes on the heels of capturing seven top-10 finishes at the Virginia Tech Invitational, including one top finish in Joyce Curtin.  The Chanticleers are taking a limited squad of 15 and are slated to compete in 10 events.  Day One of the meet is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. with the weight throw. 

Schedule of events/Coastal Carolina Entries
Field Events
Friday
4 p.m.    Weight Throw    Robin Callan, Shantelle Patterson
Saturday
11 a.m.    Shot Put    Brittany Connor, Shantelle Patterson
               Long Jump    Jenna Kazmierczak
               High Jump    Kandisa Allicock
Track Events
Friday
5:15 p.m.    60m Dash    Jerica Howard, Shanace Isaac, Crystal Robinson
5:40 p.m.    60m Hurdles    Kandisa Allicock, Shanace Isaac, Estefania Ramirez
6:10 p.m.    Mile Run    Peggy Busbee, Shelby Donahue, Christian Johnson
Saturday
12:55 p.m.    400 meter    Jenna Kazmierczak, Estefania Ramirez
2:45 p.m.     200 meter    Jerica Howard, Shanace Isaac, Crystal Robinson
3:30 p.m.     3000 meter    Joyce Curtin, Jessica Dennison, Rindi Wood

BROWN COLLECTS FIRST BIG SOUTH HONOR
Senior Ikeiylah Brown earned her first Big South Conference Choice Hotels Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week honor of the season, the league announced Wednesday, January 20.  Brown crossed the finish line at 7.55 in the 60-meter dash to finish eighth and tie for the top spot overall in the Big South at the Virginia Tech Invitational.  She also helped the 4x400-meter relay team to a seventh-place finish after a 54.8 third leg led to a team time of 3:49.87, which currently ranks No. 1 in the Big South. 

TOP-10 IN BLACKSBURG

Over two days, the Chanticleers saw seven top-10 finishes, including one championship by Joyce Curtin in the 5,000 meters.  Senior Ikeiylah Brown was the first top-10 finisher of the weekend, placing eighth in the 60 meters.  Freshman Jessica Dennison joined Curtin in the 5,000 meters, finishing third overall while the 4x400-meter relay team made up of Brown, Santresa Jamison, Melekia Simpson and Vondeeshia Humphries took seventh.  In the field events, Mary Lawrence placed ninth in the pole vault, while Darriale Henley and Robin Callan finished seventh in the long jump and weight throw, respectively. 

OATES AND CALLAN SET SEASON-BEST MARKS AT VIRGINIA TECH INVITATIONAL

Junior Sierrah Oates and sophomore Robin Callan set new personal-best marks in long jump and weight throw, respectively.  Oates placed 12th in the long jump with a jump of 18’6” (5.64m) and Callan launched a 49’2.25” (14.99m) throw to finish seventh. 

iMPRESSIVE DEBUTS
Of the seven top-10 finishers at the Virginia Tech Invitational, two were making their collegiate indoor track debuts in Jessica Dennison and Melekia Simpson

TITLE DEFENSE
Coastal Carolina will look to defend their Big South Indoor Championships from last season and continue its streak of four consecutive championships dating back to the 2006 season.  At last season’s championship, the Chanticleers totaled 176.66 points and a dominating win, finishing 50 points ahead of runner-up Liberty.  The Chants also saw four individual champions in Darriale Henley (60-meter dash), Ikeiylah Brown (200 meters), Amber White (400 meters) and LeAuna Sistrunk (60-meter hurdles). 

WOMEN GO FOR FIVE PEAT
The Chanticleers are the four-time defending Big South Conference Indoor Champions and have won five championships in the last six years.  Liberty is the only other Big South team to have won a team championship, including the league’s first six. 

COMING BACK FOR MORE
Of the four champions from a year ago, two return in sophomore Darriale Henley and senior Ikeiylah Brown.  Gone is three-time Big South Champions Amber White and LeAuna Sistrunk, but several promising newcomers will look to fill the void left by the departed champions.  In addition, the team returns 12 All-Big South athletes led by the distance runners Maranie Staab and Christian Johnson, sprinters Vondeeshia Humphries and Santresa Jamison and throwers Brittany Connor and Robin Callan

NEW FACES
Nine new faces can be seen on the Chanticleers’ roster this season.  Distance runner Janel Reeves, who was All-Big South in cross country, and freshman sprinter Melekia Simpson look to strengthen the track events while Shantelle Patterson, a transfer from South Carolina who finished ninth in the SEC Championship last year, looks to add depth to the field events. 

UP NEXT
The Chanticleers head to Penn State for the Sykes-Saback Challenge Cup on Febuary 5-6.