April 10, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The Coastal Carolina women's track & field team is receiving national attention as the squad broke into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's Southeast Regional ranking at number 12.
The Chanticleers are one of five mid-major programs included in the top 15 regional ranking and trail only Big South rival Liberty (ranked 10th) for the league's highest ranking. Coastal ranks ahead of Southeastern Conference power Kentucky, defending Southern Conference champion Appalachian State and Western Kentucky, who has won each of the last six Sun Belt titles.
To date, a total of six individuals rank in the top 48 of the NCAA East Region standings, the standard qualifying list from which the NCAA East Preliminary Round field is determined, in a combined eight events. Additionally, the Chants' 4x400m relay quartet of Erica Peake, Qwontajah Thompson, Santresa Jamison and Sharmaine Barnes ranks 43rd in the East Region. Peake holds Coastal's highest ranking of 13th in the 200m with a blazing 23.76 split. Senior Shantelle Pattersonalso ranks within the top 20 at 18th with a distance of 56.55m (185-06) in the hammer throw.
Coastal is also extremely well represented in the Big South Conference rankings. Currently, the Chants hold 44 of the conference's top 10 marks this season, including the top spot in the 200m (Peake); 400m (Peake); 5,000m (Letitia Saayman); 10,000m (Saayman); 4x400m relay (Peake, Thompson, Jamison, Barnes); high jump (Kierra Gabe); triple jump (Gabe) and javelin (Danielle England).
Coastal Carolina returns to action as hosts to the annual Chanticleer Classic on Saturday, April 14. The meet will serve as the team's final warm-up before embarking on its title defense at the 2012 Big South Conference Championship meet.