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Women's Indoor Track and Field Heads Back To Clemson For Tiger Tune-up On Saturday

The Chanticleers will travel to Clemson for the second week in a row.

Feb. 18, 2010

The Coastal Carolina University women’s indoor track and field team heads back to Clemson for the second weekend in a row to compete in the Tiger Tune-Up, hosted by Clemson, February 20. Coastal is taking 18 athletes to compete in 12 events.

Schedule of events/Coastal Carolina Entries
Field Events
Saturday
10 a.m.    Weight Throw    Robin Callan, Shantelle Patterson, Brittany Connor
11 a.m.    Pole Vault         Jocelyn Starinshak
               High Jump        Kara Gajoch, Kandisa Allicock, Kristen Burpoe
               Triple Jump      Melissa Arango, Kristen Crawford
               Shot Put           Robin Callan, Shantelle Patterson, Brittany Connor
   
Track Events
Saturday
12 p.m.    Mile Run                Rindi Wood
               60-meter dash       Melekia Simpson, Crystal Simpson
               60-meter hurdles    Estefania Ramirez, Kandisa Allicock, Shanace Issac
               400 meters            Mikaela Terry, Jenna Kazmierczak
               800 meters            Peggy Busbee, Christian Johnson
               200 meters            Estefania Ramirez, Melekia Simpson, Shanace Issac

COASTAL HAD GOOD SHOWING AT TIGER PAW INVITATIONAL
Coastal Carolina had a great weekend at the Tiger Paw Invitational, hosted by Clemson Feb. 13-14.  In day one, the Chanticleers captured nine top-10 finishes, including a win in the 60-meter dash by Ikeiylah Brown with a season-best time of 7.50.  Sierrah Oates earned two of the nine top-10 finishes after running a personal-best 8.99 in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing 10th overall and tied for fifth in the long jump with a 18’1.75” (5.53m) mark.  On day two, the women added seven more top-10 finishes to the weekend.  Brown had another good run, but this time in the 400 meters, placing second overall.  Mary Lawrence led the field performers, tying for fourth in the pole vault with an 11’4.5” (3.47m) leap. 

BROWN WINS 60-METER DASH

Senior Ikeiylah Brown won her first event of the season at the Tiger Paw Invitational in the 60-meter dash with a season-best time of 7.50.  Her time ranks her No.1 in the Big South top-10 in the 60-meter dash. 

KEENAN AND HENLEY HAVE SEASON-BEST MARKS AT TIGER PAW
Darriale Henley and Samantha Keenan both had season-best times in the 60-meter dash with Keenan earning a personal best.  Henley ran a 7.56 in the event, placing fourth, while Keenan had a personal-best time of 8.01. 

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 the 60-meter dash, along with Darriale Henley and Kierra Gabe who are first in the long jump and high jump, respectively.  In addition to three top ranks, the Chants have 28 total Big South top-10 marks.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME
This weekend marks the second of three meets for the Chants at Clemson.  Coastal Carolina will return to Clemson the following weekend, Feb. 27-28, to defend its championship title at the Big South Conference 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 head to the Big South Championship, hosted by Clemson, Feb. 27-28.  Coastal will try to capture its sixth Big South Championship title and fifth in a row.