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Women's Outdoor Track & Field to Open Season at CCU Invitational

Coastal will be one of about 40 different schools set to compete at the event.

March 11, 2010

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The Coastal Carolina University women’s outdoor track and field team will open its 2010 full squad outdoor season on March 12-13 as they host the annual Coastal Carolina Invitational. The meet is a two-day event and will be held at the Coastal Carolina Track and Field Complex. There will be over 40 schools in attendance with 1,400 athletes participating to make the meet the largest ever at Coastal Carolina.

SLATED TO COMPETE
The Chants will enter a partial squad of about 20 athletes in this weekends event.  With the exception of the throwers, all other 2010 indoor and past outdoor All-Big South members will open up their season at next weekends CCU/Shamrock Invitational at Doug Shaw Stadium.  

CHANTS TO LOOK TO REPEAT
Coastal Carolina will look to defend its 2009 Big South Conference Outdoor title this season and go for an outdoor three-peat.  Coastal has won five outdoor titles in the last six years, including two consecutive in 2008 and 2009.  

COMING BACK FOR MORE

Of the eight outdoor champions from a year ago, six return in Darriale Henley, Santresa Jamison, Ikeiylah Brown, Brittany Connor, Deborah Mattern and Vondeeshia Humphries.  Gone is seven-time Big South Champion LeAuna Sistrunk and four-time Big South Champion Amber White, but several promising newcomers will look to fill the void left by the departed champions.  In addition, the team returns 17 All-Big South athletes led by distance runners Shelby Donahue and Christian Johnson, sprinters Ikeiylah Brown and Darriale Henley and throwers Brittany Connor and Deborah Mattern.  

BROWN NARROWLY MISSES NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Senior Ikeiylah Brown ran a new Coastal Carolina indoor track and field record 24.17 in the 200 meters at the Virginia Tech Last Chance meet.  She narrowly missed the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship, finishing only .06 seconds from qualifying.  

2010 BIG SOUTH INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Coastal Carolina finished the 2010 Big South Indoor Championship in second behind Liberty.  In a fight to the finish, the spread between the two teams was 37.50 points with Liberty finishing with 182.5 and Coastal recording 145.  Overall, the Chanticleers finished with six individual conference champions and 15 All-Big South honorees.  

BROWN BRINGS HOME TWO TITLES
Senior Ikeiylah Brown came home with some new hardware from the 2010 Big South Indoor Championship after winning the 60-meter dash and the 200 meters Saturday, Feb. 28.  Brown ran a preliminary time of 7.51 in the 60-meter dash and bettered it in the finals to 7.48 to win the title.  In the 200 meters, she ran a season-best 24.38 and captured her second-consecutive conference title.  

HENLEY WINS LONG JUMP
Sophomore Darriale Henley had a good showing at the Big South Indoor Championship as she took the individual title in the long jump with a leap of 18’10.5 (5.75m).  She also placed second in the 60-meter dash, earning All-Big South honors, and was fourth in the 200 meters.  

GABE BRINGS HOME THE TITLE
Sophomre Kierra Gabe won the high jump in style by setting a new conference championship meet record with a jump of 5’7.75” (1.72m).  

RELAY TEAMS HAVE GOOD SHOWING
The 4x400-meter relay  and the distance medley relay teams had good showings at the Big South Indoor Championship with the 4x400-meter relay team, consisting of Santresa Jamison, Vondeeshia Humphries, Ikeiylah Brown and Samantha Keenan, taking home the title in a time of 3:49.64.  The distance medley team in Rindi Wood, Thomasena Smith, Peggy Busbee and Christian Johnson combined for a time of 12:40.04, placing fourth.  

ARANGO UPSETS COMPETITION IN 60-METER HURDLES
Melissa Arango upset the final field in the 60-meter hurdles at the Big South Indoor Championship by running a season-best 8.72 to win the event.  Before the finals, Arango was seeded fifth, but had a superb performance.  

ALL-BIG SOUTH HONORS
The Chants had 15 All-Big South honorees at the Big South Indoor Championship Feb. 28 in Ikeiylah Brown (60-meter dash, 200 meters, 4x400-meter relay), Darriale Henley (60-meter dash and long jump), Santresa Jamison (400 meters and 4x400-meter relay), Melissa Arango (60-meter hurdles), Vondeeshia Humphries (4x400-meter relay), Samantha Keenan (4x400-meter relay), Kierra Gabe (high jump), Kandisa Allicock (high jump), Mary Lawrence (pole vault), Sierrah Oates (long jump) and Shantelle Patterson (shot put).  

ALUMNA AMBER CAMPBELL WINS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE USA INDOOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Former Coastal Carolina women’s track and field All-American and current volunteer assistant coach Amber Campbell took home her fourth consecutive USA Indoor Track & Field Championship in the weight throw, Feb. 28, at the third and final event of the USA Track & Field’s 2010 Indoor Visa Championship Series in Albuquerque, N.M.  Campbell opened the meet with a 81’0.5” (24.70m) throw, which is the third-farthest throw ever in history to eventually win her fourth consecutive U.S. Indoor title.  The mark was also a new Championship meet record and ranks her number one in the world in the event.  At the end of the meet, Campbell was also awarded the prestigious Visa Championship Series Outstanding Track and Field Athlete award after leading the event with 1,213 points, one point ahead of sprinter Carmelita Jeter.  With the award, Campbell received a $30,000 bonus from Visa.  

ALUMNA AMBER CAMPBELL LEADS WORLD IN WEIGHT THROW, LOOKS TO DEFEND TITLE AT NATIONALS
Former women’s track and field All-American and current volunteer assistant coach Amber Campbell currently leads the world in the weight throw after a 79’9.5”(24.32m) mark at the South Carolina Invitational Feb. 20.  Campbell looks to defend her title at the U.S. Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. on Feb. 27, where she is the current three-time defending national champion in the indoor weight throw.  

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 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 at the Tiger Paw Invitational.  Henley ran a 7.56 in the event, placing fourth, while Keenan had a personal-best time of 8.01.  

ALUMNA AMBER CAMPBELL LEADS WORLD IN WEIGHT THROW, LOOKS TO DEFEND TITLE AT NATIONALS
Former women’s track and field All-American and current volunteer assistant coach Amber Campbell currently leads the world in the weight throw after a 79’9.5”(24.32m) mark at the South Carolina Invitational Feb. 20.  Campbell looks to defend her title at the U.S. Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. on Feb. 27, where she 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.  

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 are back on the track for the CCU/Shamrock Invitational March 18-20 at Doug Shaw Stadium in Myrtle Beach, S.C.