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Women's Indoor Track & Field Head to Clemson

This will be the first of three meets the Chanticleers will attend at Clemson this season, including the Big South Indoor Championships.

Shelby Donahue

Shelby Donahue

Feb. 11, 2010

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The Coastal Carolina University women’s indoor track and field team heads to the Tiger Paw Invitational, hosted by Clemson, February 12-13. Coastal is taking 22 athletes to compete in 16 events. Day one of the meet is scheduled to begin on Friday, February 12 at 5 p.m., with the 60-meter dash and the long jump.

Tiger Paw Invitational (INDOOR)
February 12-13 - All Day
Clemson Indoor Track and Field Complex
Clemson, S.C.

Schedule of events/Coastal Carolina Entries

Field Events
Friday
5 p.m.    Long Jump           Thomasina Smith, Sierrah Oates, Melissa Arango
             Weight Throw        Brittany Connor, Robin Callan, Shantelle Patterson
             High Jump            Kierra Gabe, Kandisa Allicock, Mikaela Terry

Saturday
12 p.m.    Shot Put         Robin Callan, Brittany Connor, Shantelle Patterson
               Triple Jump    Kierra Gabe
               Pole Vault      Jocelyn Starinshak, Mary Lawrence
   
Track Events
Friday
5 p.m.    60-meter Dash        Ikeiylah Brown, Samantha Keenan, Darriale Henley
             60-meter Hurdles    Melissa Arango, Sierrah Oates, Kandisa Allicock
             Mile Run                 Joyce Curtin
             1,000 meters          Shelby Donahue, Christian Johnson
             300 meters             Vondeeshia Humphries, Felicia Aiken, Santresa Jamison

Saturday
12 p.m.    Distance Medley    Wood, Keenan, Busbee, Curtin
               400 meters           Vondeeshia Humphries, Ikeiylah Brown, Santresa Jamison
               800 meters           Christian Johnson, Shelby Donahue
               200 meters            Vondeeshia Humphries, Santresa Jamison, Darriale Henley
               4x400-meter relay    Gabe, Aiken, Smith, Terry


SCHEDULED TO COMPETE
The Chanticleers are slated to compete in 16 events against 31 different schools, including two Big South, two ACC and four Southern Conference schools. 

SYKES-SABOCK CHALLENGE CUP
Despite the snowy conditions outside, Coastal finished the meet with nine top-10 finishes on the weekend and placed 11th overall as a team.  Mikaela Terry got the Chants started in the pentathlon, finishing ninth, while Darriale Henley and Sierrah Oates placed second and fifth in the long jump.  Shantelle Patterson placed ninth in the weight throw and Ikeiylah Brown and Henley finished day one off with third and eight place finishes in the 60-meter dash.  The second day saw three more top-10 finishes in Brown, who took fifth in the 200 meters and Santresa Jamison, who placed ninth in the 400 meters.  The final top-10 finish came from the 4x400-meter relay team in Brown, Jamison, Kierra Gabe and Vondeeshia Humphries

BROWN AND HENLEY EACH TAKE HOME TWO TOP-10 FINISHES

At the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup, both Ikeiylah Brown and Darriale Henley each took home two top-10 finishes.  Brown ran a 7.57 in the 60-meter dash and a 24.38 in the 200 meters, finishing third and fifth, respectively.  Henley was the Chants’ top finisher at the meet placing second in the long jump with a 18’10.75” mark and eighth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.66, a season-best in the event. 

CHANTS REPRESENT IN BIG SOUTH TOP-10
After four weeks of competition, the track and field team is representing Coastal Carolina well in the Big South’s top-10 rankings, which can be found on the Direct Athletics web site.  Ikeiylah Brown ranks first in both the 60-meter dash and 200 meters, along with Darriale Henley and Kierra Gabe who are first in the long jump and high jump, respectively.  In addition to four top ranks, the Chants have 28 total Big South top-10 marks.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME
This weekend marks the first of three meets for the Chants at Clemson.  Coastal Carolina will return to Clemson the following weekend, Feb. 20 for the Tiger Tune-up, and again on Feb. 27-28 for the Big South Indoor Championship.

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 cancelled.  Shelby Donahue was Coastal’s top finisher, placing third in the mile with a time of 5:13.51.  Christian Johnson finished 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. 

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 travel back to Clemson for the Tiger Tune-up, Saturday, Feb. 20, before returning home for the Chanticleer Challenge, Sunday, Feb. 21.