April 1, 2010
The Coastal Carolina University women’s outdoor track and field team will split this weekend as half the team heads to Durham, N.C., for the Asics Duke Invitational and the other half travels to Gainsville, Fla., for the Pepsi Florida Relays. Both meets will take place April 2-3.
CHANTS LOOK TO REPEAT STELLAR PERFORMANCES AT FLORIDA RELAYS
The Chanticleers look to repeat the stellar performances from last year’s Florida Relays this weekend. The event is typically one of the biggest invitationals in the country, featuring collegiate and open competition, as well as Olympians and top high school teams from across the nation. Last year, the 4 x 100-meter relay team won their section and finished third among all collegiate teams with a time of 45.60, which was a new Coastal Carolina all-time record at the time. Ikeiylah Brown and Darriale Henley return from last year’s team along with freshmen Melekia Simpson and Jerica Howard to try to repeat the great performance. Also competing are Big South leaders Deborah Mattern (javelin), Kierra Gabe (high jump), and Brown (100 meters), along with the conference leading 4 x 400-meter relay team.
In addition to the Pepsi Florida Relays, a group of Chanticleers are also traveling to Duke for the Duke Invitational. Over 80 universities will be converging in historic Wallace Wade Stadium, the site of the NCAA National Track and Field Championships and U.S.A. Olympic Trials. Coastal will be looking for strong performances in the 5,000 meters from Shelby Donahue, who is running her first collegiate 5,000, and Joyce Curtin. Both will be challenged in the event, having been seeded in the “A” section. Christian Johnson will be the lone Chant in the 1,500 meters and will be joined by Peggy Busbee in the 800 meters. Freshman Tenasia White and Anjulia Nicholson will look to continue their ascent in the Big South rankings in the hammer throw and discus.
HOLDING DOWN THE TOP THREE
The Coastal throwers continue to hold down the top spots in the Big South rankings with Deborah Mattern, Caitlin Lupo and Bridget Garrity claiming one, two and three in the javelin, while Kierra Gabe, Kandisa Allicock and Mikaela Terry are placed first, second and third in the high jump.
VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT TO COMPETE AT DUKE
Volunteer assistant coach, two-time World Champion and multi-time World Record holder, Zola (Budd) PieterseBudd will be competing unattached in the seeded “A” section of the 5,000 meters.
SLATED TO COMPETE
The Chanticleers will travel 24 athletes to compete in 17 events at the Asics Duke Invitational and 17 athletes will participate at the Pepsi Florida Relays in 16 events.
WEEMS BASKIN RELAYS
In the Weems Baskin Relays March 27, the Chanticleers were successful in the field events as Caitlin Lupo came in second with a throw of 120’2” (37.62 meters) in the javelin throw. Teammate Bridget Garrity finished fifth with a mark of 117’3” (35.74 meters). In the high jump, Kierra Gabe jumped 5’3” (1.60 meters), taking fifth in the event. Christian Johnson placed fourth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:20.32, while Peggy Busby finished in 10th at 2:24.97. Joyce Curtain placed third in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:52.47, and Kathryn Zenowitz came in seventh with a time of 13:12.71.
ASICS WINTHROP INVITATIONAL
Ikeiylah Brown took first place in the preliminaries of the 100 and 200-meter dash at the Asics Winthrop Invitational March 26, as she ran 11.83 in the 100 meters and 24.24 in the 200 meters. Darielle Henley finished third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.91, and ran 25.14 in the 200-meter dash, taking sixth place. Kierra Gabe finished at 26.38 in the 200 meter dash to place 13th. In the heptathlon, Mikaela Terry earned a personal-best 3564 points, taking eighth place in the event and teammate Jenna Kazmierczak participated in her first heptathlon, gathering 3156 points for 12th place.
CCU/SHAMROCK INVITATIONAL SETS WEEKEND RECORD
The CCU/Shamrock Invitational was dubbed the largest track meet on the East Coast with a record field of 38 universities and 1,280 athletes participating at Doug Shaw Stadium in Myrtle Beach.
THROWERS HAVE STRONG PERFORMANCES AT SHAMROCK INVITATIONAL
At the CCU/Shamrock, the Chanticleers had a strong performance in the throwing events as Deborah Mattern took second in the javelin with a season-best throw of 143’ (43.59m). Teammate Caitling Lupo followed Mattern in fourth place, throwing 131’6” (40.09m), while Bridget Garrity took fifth with a throw of 129’2” (39.37m). In the discus throw, Brittany Connor and Tenasia White had top-10 finishes in eighth and ninth, respectively. Connor had a throw of 131’10” (40.18m), while White earned a mark of 128’4” (39.12m). Connor also took sixth in the hammer with a throw of 171’ (52.13m) and 13th in the shot put with a mark of 40’4” (12.29m).
TOP IN THE BIG SOUTH
The Chanticleers have six athletes and two relay teams in the top-three of the Big South rankings. The 4x100-meter relay team of Ikeiylah Brown, Samantha Keenan, Darriale Henley and Melekia Simpson are currently No. 1 in the Big South for their 46.56 performance in the CCU/Shamrock Invitational. Deborah Mattern is also is ranked first in the javelin with her throw of 143’ in the meet. The Chanticleers 4x400 relay team is second in the Big South from also from their performance in the Shamrock. Brittany Connor is third in both the shot put and discus, while also in third is Simpson in the 100 meters.
ALUMNA AMBER CAMPBELL HOSTS AND THROWS IN THE “AMBER CAMPBELL INVITATIONAL WOMEN’S HAMMER THROW”
Current volunteer assistant coach and former Coastal Carolina track and field All-American Amber Campbell held “Amber Campbell Invitational Women’s Hammer Throw,” during the Shamrock Invitational. The invitational was her first outdoor competition this season as she threw 224’ (68.27m) to win the event. Joining Campbell in the hammer throw from Coastal was Brittany Connor who finished sixth and had a new personal best mark of 171’ (52.13m) and Shantelle Patterson placed eighth with a throw of 161’8” (49.28m). Anjulia Nicholson and Tenasia White placed 18th and 20th in the hammer throw, respectively.
CCU INVITATIONAL A SUCCESS
With a partial squad in action, the Coastal Carolina University women’s track and field team wrapped up competition in the 2010 Coastal Carolina Invitational (March 13). The Chanticleers welcomed 1,400 athletes from 37 schools and four clubs. Coastal earned nine top-10 finishes on the day.
CONNOR HAS GOOD SHOWING AT CCU INVITATIONAL
Brittany Connor had a good showing at the CCU Invitational March 12-13. She started the weekend by placing second in the weight throw after throwing 166’7” (50.77m) and concluded the meet with a win in the discus with a 145’6” (44.35m) mark.
MATTERN TAKES TOP SPOT IN JAVELIN
Deborah Mattern posted her first individual win at the CCU Invitational in the javelin. She threw 135’8” (41.36m) to win the event.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 travel to the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., April 9-10 for the final meet before the Big South Championship.