May 12, 2011
CONWAY – The Coastal Carolina women’s track & field team will make the trek to Jacksonville, Fla. to compete in the North Florida Invitational starting on Friday, May 13.
The meet will be held at the Osprey’s Hodges Stadium. The two day meet will start at Noon on Friday with the men’s hammer throw and conclude on Saturday afternoon with the running of the men’s and women’s 4x400 meter relays.
The North Florida Invitational will be the final regular season meet for the Chanticleers as the first round of the NCAA Championships commence on Thursday, May 26. To qualify for the NCAA first round the athlete must rank in the top 48 in the NCAA East region (top 24 for relay teams). Currently two Chants rank in the top 48 in the NCAA East in their respective events. Kierra Gabe currently ranks 22 in the high jump with a Coastal Carolina record leap of 1.75m (5-8.75) at the Penn Relays. Deborah Mattern ranks 23 in the javelin as she threw for a school and Big South record distance of 46.03m (151-00) at the Florida State Seminole relays.
Just outside of qualifying for the NCAA first round is Darriale Henley in the long jump with a season-best distance of 5.85m (19-2.5) and Caitlin Lupo in the javelin with a mark of 42.28m (138-8).
Heading into the final regular season meet of the year; 28 Chanticleers rank in the top five of their respective events in the Big South standings. Leading the way are the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams along with Gabe (high jump) and Mattern (javelin).
Check back to GoCCUSports.com on Friday and Saturday evening for a complete recap and results of the day’s action.
Coastal Carolina Entries
Darriale Henley, Melekia Simpson Erica Peake, London Smalls, Gabrielle Lee
Erica Peake, Melekia Simpson, Vondeeshia Humphries, Ashley Davis, Kierra Gabe, Gabrielle Lee
Christian Johnson, Emily Marchini, Jamie Brusa, Janel Reeves, Shelby Nicosia
Melissa Arango, Ashley Davis, Estefania Ramirez, Caitlin Baker
Samantha Simile, Estefania Ramirez, Caitlin Baker
CCU ‘A’ – Davis, Henley, Peake, Simpson, Smalls
Darriale Henley, Sierrah Oates, Keegan Woodson, Leah Presnar
Kierra Gabe, Melissa Arango, Leah Presnar
Deborah Mattern, Caitlin Lupo