Top Chants Set for Penn Relays

The prestigious Penn Relay Carnival starts on Thursday.

Kierra Gabe

Kierra Gabe

April 27, 2011

CONWAY – Fresh off winning its sixth Big South Championship, the Coastal Carolina women’s track and field team will send six individuals and three relay teams to the prestigious Penn Relay Carnival starting on Thursday at Philadelphia’s Franklin Field.  

With the first meet being held on April 21, 1895, the Penn Relays are the longest uninterrupted collegiate track meet in the country.  Through 116 editions of the meet, more athletes have run at the Penn Relays than at any single meet in the world.  More spectators have watched the meet than any in the world except the Olympics and World Championships.   

Competing for the teal and black of the Chanticleers will be Jamie Brusa, Kierra Gabe, Darriale Henley, Sierrah Oates, Caitlin Lupo, and Deborah Mattern along with members of the 4x100 meter, 4x200 meter and 4x400 meter relay teams.

Mattern, who claimed her third consecutive Big South Conference crown in the javelin last weekend, will throw against some of the best in the country as she has been seeded in the championship division of the women’s javelin.  All-Big South honoree Caitlin Lupo is scheduled to throw in the javelin’s college division.

Both of Coastal’s Big South Champion relay teams will compete at the meet. The quartet of London Smalls, Darriale Henley, Erica Peake and Ashley Davis will toe the line in the 4x100 meter relay, while Vondeeshia Humphries, Peake, Santresa Jamison, Jerica Howard enter the 4x400 meter relay.  The Chants will also enter a team in the 4x200 meter relay.

Kierra Gabe, who earned two all-conference honors at last weekend’s meet, will compete in both the high jump and triple jump. Darriale Henley and Sierrah Oates will attempt to better their season-best marks in the long jump on Thursday afternoon.  Henley and Oates finished second and third, respectively, at the Big South Championships in the event.  

Graduate student Jamie Brusa will be Coastal’s only distance entry at the event as she will be on the starting line for the 3,000 meter run.  

Check back to each evening for a complete meet recap and results of the day’s action.

College Women’s 4x100 Heats
Event 110 Thursday, 1:00 PM

College Women’s 4x200 Heats
Event 344 Friday, 2:10 PM

College Women’s 4x400 Heats
Event 159 Thursday, 5:45 PM

College Women’s 3000m Championship
Event 207 Thursday, 8:30 PM
Coastal Carolina Entry: Jamie Brusa

College Women’s High Jump Eastern
Event 502 Thursday, 10:00 AM
Coastal Carolina Entry: Kierra Gabe

College Women’s Long Jump College
Event 520 Thursday, 4:00 PM
Coastal Carolina Entries: Darriale Henley, Sierrah Oates  

College Women’s Triple Jump College
Event 607 Friday, 11:00 AM
Coastal Carolina Entry: Kierra Gabe

College Women’s Javelin Throw College
Event 519 Thursday, 3:15 PM
Coastal Carolina Entry: Caitlin Lupo

College Women’s Javelin Throw Championship
Event 514 Thursday, 2:00 PM
Coastal Carolina Entry: Deborah Mattern



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