Feb. 4, 2010
The Coastal Carolina University women’s indoor track and field team heads to the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup, hosted by Penn State, February 5-6. This will be the only other meet besides the Big South Championship where the Chanticleers will be scored as a team. Coastal is taking 27 athletes to compete in 15 events. Day one of the meet is scheduled to begin on Friday, February 5 at 12 p.m., with the indoor pentathlon.
Schedule of events/Coastal Carolina Entries
Begins at 12 p.m. Mikaela Terry, Jenna Kazmierczak
5:30 p.m. Pole Vault Mary Lawrence
Long Jump Melissa Arango, Sierrah Oates, Thomasena Smith, Darriale Henley
7:30 p.m. Weight Throw Anjulia Nicholson, Brittany Connor, Shantelle Patterson, Robin Callan
11 a.m. High Jump Kara Gajoch, Kierra Gabe, Kristen Burpoe
1:30 p.m. Shot Put Brittany Connor, Shantelle Patterson, Robin Callan, Anjulia Nicholson
2 p.m. Triple Jump Kristen Crawford, Kierra Gabe, Thomasena Smith
6 p.m. 60-meter Dash Ikeiylah Brown, Samantha Keenan, Shanace Issac, Darriale Henley
6:35 p.m. 60-meter Hurdles Melissa Arango, Shanace Issac, Estefania Ramirez, Sierrah Oates
11:45 p.m. Mile Run Shelby Donahue, Christian Johnson
12:35 p.m. 400 Meters Vondeeshia Humphries, Santresa Jamison, Felicia Aiken, Estefania Ramirez
2 p.m. 800 Meters Peggy Busbee
2:45 p.m. 200 Meters Felicia Aiken, Ikeiylah Brown, Santresa Jamison, Samantha Keenan
3:30 p.m. 3,000 Meters Rindi Wood, Joyce Curtin
4 p.m. 4x400-meter Relay S. Jamison, K. Gabe, I. Brown, V. Humphries
SCHEDULED TO COMPETE
The Chanticleers are slated to compete in 15 events against 14 different schools, including Auburn, Buffalo, Cornell, East Carolina, James Madison, Liberty, Lock Haven, Monmouth, Penn State, Princeton, South Florida, Tulane, UNC Wilmington and West Virginia.
DICK TAYLOR CAROLINA CLASSIC CUT SHORT DUE TO WEATHER
The Dick Taylor Carolina Classic was forced to conclude early due to inclement weather in Chapel Hill, N.C. January 30-31, but the Chanticleers still had a good showing despite the second day of the meet being canceled. Shelby Donahue was Coastal’s top finisher, placing third in the mile with a time of 5:13.51. Christian Johnson finish close behind Donahue in the mile run, crossing the finish line in eighth. Robin Callan was the top field participant for the Chanticleers, finishing 11th in the weight throw.
ALUMNA AMBER CAMPBELL DOMINATED MILLROSE GAMES
Former women’s track and field All-American and current volunteer assistant coach Amber Campbell dominated the weight throw at the 103rd Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden January 29. She won the meet with a top mark of 79’4.75 (24.20m) and five of her six throws were at least two meters farther than second-place finisher Erin Gilreath, whose best throw was 70’10.50” (21.60m). Campbell’s winning throw set a new meet record, previously held by Gilreath in 2005. Campbell is the current three-time defending national champion in the indoor weight throw.
BROWN COLLECTS FIRST BIG SOUTH HONOR OF THE SEASON
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Chanticleers will send athletes to two different meets February 12-13. Part of the team will compete at the Tiger Paw Invitational at Clemson, while others will participate in the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.