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Women's Track and Field Set for Georgia Tech Invitational

The women's track and field team will travel to Atlanta, Ga., to participate in the Georgia Tech Invitational on May 14-15.

Brittany Connor won the hammer and discus at the Duke Twilight last weekend.

Brittany Connor won the hammer and discus at the Duke Twilight last weekend.

May 13, 2010

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SLATED TO COMPETE

The women’s track and field team will travel to Atlanta, Ga., to participate in the Georgia Tech Invitational on May 14-15. This will be the last chance the Chanticleers will have to qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary Round, taking place in Greensboro, N.C., on May 27-29. The Chants will send 14 athletes to compete in nine events. Highlighting the trip will be Ikeiylah Brown, who will run in the 100 and 200-meter dash and as a part of the 4x400-meter relay team. Brittany Connor will throw in the hammer as she is coming off of two victories in the Duke Twilight last weekend. Joining her will be Deborah Mattern and Caitlin Lupo (javelin), Darriale Henley (long jump and 100m), Sierra Oates (long jump), Christian Johnson (800m), Shelby Donahue (1,500m) and Melissa Arango (100m hurdles).

 

CHANTS HAVE FIVE TOP FIVE FINISHES IN DUKE TWILIGHT

The Chanticleers took a select group to the Duke Twilight Sunday, May 9, but came out of the meet with with five top-five finishes. Brittany Connor was the top Chanticleers, winning both the hammer throw and the discus. Also in the discus, Anjulia Nicholson finished third and Tenasia White followed her in fourth. In the track events, Jenna Kazmierczak competed in the 100-meter hurdles, where she finished fifth.

 

CONNOR WINS TWICE AT DUKE TWILIGHT

Brittany Connor won both the hammer throw and the discus at the Duke Twilight. In the hammer throw, Connor threw 176’7” (53.84m), her third-best throw of the season, and in the discus she had a 144’ (43.91m) mark. This marks the third time this season Connor has won in multiple events, where she previously won the hammer and discus at the Coastal Carolina Invitational and the discus and shot put at the Big South Championship.

 

MAKING A MARK AT THE LIBERTY TWILIGHT

The Chanticleers had a good showing at the Liberty Twilight meet as they won three events and garnered 14 top-three finishes. Ikeiylah Brown won the 100-meter dash, Kierra Gabe won the high jump and Darriale Henley won the long jump in the meet. The 4x100-meter relay team of London Smalls, Brown, Henley and Santresa Jamison placed second, just behind Virginia. 

 

BROWN CLOCKS SECOND-FASTEST TIME OF THE SEASON

Ikeiylah Brown ran her second-fastest time of the season at the Liberty Twilight as she won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.62. Her season-best time came at the Big South Championship when she broke the Big South record with a time of 11.48.

 

HENLEY JUMPS PERSONAL-BEST

Darriale Henley cleared a career-best 19’2” (5.84m) in the long jump at the Liberty Twilight, winning by almost a foot.  

 

TERRY RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS BIG SOUTH CHRISTENBERRY AWARD

The Big South Conference honored Coastal Carolina’s Mikaela Terry with the prestigious George A. Christenberry Award for Academic Excellence for a 4.00 grade point average in Spanish. Big South member institutions nominate one male and one female student-athlete – regardless if the sport is sponsored by the Big South – for the annual Christenberry Award.  The award is given to the male and female student-athlete who attain the highest GPA during their college careers and are graduates of a member institution during the past year.  Terry (Menomonie, Wis.) recorded a personal-best 3,701 points in the heptathlon at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships April 15-17, placing ninth in the event.  She also finished ninth in the Big South in the high jump (5’3.25”).  During this past outdoor season, Terry placed second in the high jump at the Battle of the Beaches with a height of 5’1”.  In addition, she finished eighth in the heptathlon with a then-career best 3,564 points at the Asics/Winthrop Invitational.  During the 2009-10 Indoor Track & Field season, Terry placed seventh in the pentathlon at the Big South Championships with 2,748 points.  She also ran a 10.54 time in the 60-meter hurdles at the Tiger Tune-Up, finishing fifth.  At the same event, she was ninth in the 400-meters.  Terry jumped a season-best 14’7.75” in the long jump at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge.  Other career highlights include a fifth-place finish in the high jump and seventh-place finish in the heptathlon at the 2008 Big South Championships, and a season-best long jump of 14’2.5” at the Shamrock Invitational that same season.  Meanwhile, Terry has been named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll during her time at Coastal Carolina, and is a member of this year’s Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field All-Academic Teams.  She missed the 2009 outdoor track season to study abroad in Spain.

 

BROWN NAMED COASTAL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Senior Ikeiylah Brown was awarded the Female Athlete of the Year Award at the Student-Athlete Academic and Excellence banquet April 27, which is given to a female student-athlete for her outstanding athletic performance and achievement. Brown is a 10-time Big South Conference Champion in Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, including being honored as the 2009 and 2010 Big South Conference Outdoor Championship Outstanding Track Performer. She holds the Big South Conference record in the 100-meter dash, and finished second at this year’s meet in the 200-meter dash and the 4x400-meter relay. Originally from Hilton Head, S.C., Brown is majoring in business management and marketing.

 

ALUMNA AMBER CAMPBELL FINISHES SEVENTH AT IAAF HAMMER THROW CHALLENGE

Former Coastal Carolina women’s track and field All-American and current volunteer assistant coach Amber Campbell finished seventh at the Grand Prix IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge in Dakar, Senegal April 24.  Campbell finished the meet with a 222’6.47” (67.83m) throw. Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland won the event with a throw of 246’5.87” (75.13m). Currently, Campbell is ranked 14th in the world with her 233’1” (71.04m) throw at the Mt. SAC Relays, the top American in the event.

 

THREE ATHLETES RANKED IN TOP 50 REGIONALLY

Ikeiylah Brown, Brittany Connor and Deborah Mattern are all ranked in the top 50 of the East Regional rankings with both Brown and Connor ranked twice.  Brown is ranked 17th in the 100 meters and ninth in the 200 meters with her performances in the Big South Championship.  Connor is ranked 35th in the hammer throw and 40th in the discus regionally.    In the javelin, Mattern is ranked 23rd after her throw at the Big South Championship. 

 

BROWN RANKED IN TOP 10 IN 200 METERS

Senior Ikeiylah Brown moved up in the top-10 rankings after the Big South Championship.  Brown is ranked ninth in the East Region and 10th nationally with a time of 23.27. 

 

ALUMNA AMBER CAMPBELL WINS MT. SAC RELAYS

Former Coastal Carolina women’s track and field All-American and current volunteer assistant coach Amber Campbell won the hammer throw at the 52nd Annual Mt. SAC Relays April 17.  Campbell opened the meet with a 233’1” (71.04m) throw to eventually win the event and set a new personal best, ranking her sixth in the world.

 

COASTAL FINISHES SECOND AT BIG SOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP

The Coastal Carolina University women’s outdoor track and field finished the 2010 Big South Conference Outdoor Championship second with 191 points behind Liberty, who finished with 245.50 points.  The Chanticleers had five Big South Champions and 20 All-Big South honors at the meet. 

 

BROWN NAMED MOST OUTSTANDING TRACK PERFORMER

Ikeiylah Brown received the Women’s Most Outstanding Track Performer for the second year in a row after setting an overall Big South record in the preliminaries of the 100-meter dash, and finishing second in the 100-meter dash (11.51), 200-meter dash (23.27), the 4x100-meter relay (46.06) and the 4x400-meter relay (3:44.57). 

 

CONNOR RECEIVED MOST OUTSTANDING FIELD PERFORMER

Brittany Connor received the Women’s Most Outstanding Field Performer after winning the shot put(42’5.25”) and discus (155’9”) events, including setting a facility record in the discus. Connor also earned a spot on the podium in the hammer throw (178’10”) with a third-place finish.

 

AND THE WINNER IS...

Coastal had four athletes take home five individual championship titles with Brittany Connor in the discus and shot put, Deborah Mattern in the javelin, Mary Lawrence in the pole vault and Kandisa Allicock in the high jump.

 

CHANTS TAKE HOME 20 ALL-BIG SOUTH HONORS

Coastal Carolina took home 20 All-Big South honors at the Big South Championship April 15-17 in Ikeiylah Brown (100 meters, 200 meters, 4x100-meter relay, 4x400-meter relay), London Smalls (4x100-meter relay), Darriale Henley (4x100-meter relay, long jump), Melekia Simpson (4x100-meter relay), Santresa Jamison (4x400-meter relay), Vondeeshia Humphroes (4x400-meter relay), Thomasena Smith (4x400-meter relay), Kierra Gabe (triple jump), Brittany Connor (discus, hammer throw, shot put), Tenasia White (discus, shot put), Deborah Mattern (javelin), Caitlin Lupo (javelin), Kandisa Allicock (high jump), and Mary Lawrence (pole vault).

 

BROWN SETS ALL-TIME BIG SOUTH RECORD

Ikeiylah Brown set a new Big South record in the 100 meters with her preliminary time of 11.48 to finish first in her heat at the Big South Championship. 

 

TERRY EARNS SPOT ON BIG SOUTH ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

Mikaela Terry was named to the Big South All-Academic team after earning a 4.0 grade point average as a Spanish major.

 

CONNOR PUTS ON A SHOW

Junior Brittany Connor had a superb weekend at the Carolina’s Cup and Joe Hilton Carolina Fast Times Invitational April 9-10.  She started off the weekend by winning the hammer throw at the Carolina’s Cup, hosted by Winthrop, with a 161’1” (49.07m) throw.  She followed that performance by winning the discus at the Joe Hilton Carolina Fast Times Invitational with a throw of 145’6” (44.19m).  Connor also placed third in the shot put with a season-best 41’9.25” (12.49m) mark to move her into first place in the Big South Conference top-10 rankings in the event. 

 

THREE’S COMPANY

At the Joe Hilton Carolina Fast Times Invitational, the Chants went 1-2-3 in the discus with Brittany Connor taking the top spot with a 138’2.66” (42.13m) throw. Tenasia White took second while Anjulia Nicholson placed third with 133’3.21” (40.62m) and 125’ (38.10m), respectively.

 

CHANTS POST 10 TOP-10 FINISHES AT NORTH CAROLINA

The Chanticleers picked up 10 top-10 finishes at the Joe Hilton Carolina Fast Times Invitational, including 1-2-3 in the discus.  Deborah Mattern led the javelin throwers with a second-place finish and a 135’10” (39.87m) mark while Caitlin Lupo finished right behind in third after throwing 130’7” (39.80m) and Bridget Garrity came in seventh with a 110’5” (33.67m) mark.  Brittany Connor finished third overall in the shot put with a 41’7” (12.82m) throw.  Samantha Keenan placed eighth in the 400 meters with a time of 58.71 while Jerica Howard crossed the line at 59.17 to finish ninth in the event.  Melissa Arango earned a top-10 finish in the 100-meter hurdles, placing sixth with a time of 14.68.  In the final event of the night, Coastal took 1-2-3  in the discus as Brittany Connor won the event with a 138’2.66” (42.13m) throw.  Tenasia White took second while Anjulia Nicholson placed third with 133’3.21” (40.62m) and 125’ (38.10m), respectively. 

 

BROWN RANKED 16TH NATIONALLY IN THE 200 METERS

At the Pepsi Florida Relays, senior Ikeiylah Brown ran a 23.64 in the 200 meters to rank her ninth in the East Region and 16th nationally.  Her current ranking has qualified her for the first and second rounds of the NCAA National Track and Field Championship. 

 

4x100-METER RELAY HIT SEASON-BEST MARK

The 4x100-meter relay squad, consisting of Darriale Henley, Ikeiylah Brown, Santresa Jamison and Vondeeshia Humphries, had a season-best mark and a Big South Conference-leading time of 46.26 to finish 16th overall at the Pepsi Florida Relays. 

 

DISTANCE RUNNERS MOVE UP IN BIG SOUTH RANKINGS

Both Joyce Curtin and Christian Johnson moved up in the Big South rankings after the Duke Invitational.  Curtin finished 16th overall and 12th against collegiate competition in the 5,000 meters after posting a time of 18:11.30 and moving up into the sixth spot in the conference.  Johnson moved up in both the 800 meters and 1,500 meters after the Duke Invitational.  She ran a season-best time of 2:18.36 in the 800 meters to rank fourth in the Big South and 4:48.98 in the 1,500 meters to rank eighth in the conference. 

 

POLE VAULTERS PERFORM WELL AT DUKE

Day one at the Duke Invitational was highlighted by pole vaulter Mary Lawrence, who cleared 11’5.79” (3.50m) in the event to finish seventh overall and sixth out of the collegiate competitors.  Jocelyn Starinshak placed 11th in the event with a new personal-best of 10’11.88 (3.35m). 

 

WHITE THROWS PERSONAL-BEST

Freshman Tenesia White was the top Chanticleer to finish at Duke in the discus, placing sixth overall and fourth out of the collegiate competitors with a personal-best throw of 135’4.40” (41.26m). 

 

JAVELIN THROWERS KEEP TOP SPOTS IN BIG SOUTH

The Coastal javelin throwers have had great success so far this season.  Deborah Mattern holds the the top spot in the Big South and threw a 125’3.54” (38.19m) at the Pepsi Florida Relays to finish 15th.  Teammates Caitlin Lupo and Bridget Garrity also participated in the event at Florida, throwing 123’3.92” (37.59m) and 117’9.38” (35.90m), respectively. 

 

VOLUNTEER ASSISTANTS REPRESENT WELL AT DUKE INVITATIONAL

Current volunteer assistant coaches Amber Campbell and Zola (Budd) Pieterse both competed at the Duke Invitational April 2.  Campbell, a former Coastal All-American, participated in the hammer throw, winning the event and setting a new Wallace Wade Stadium record with a 227’10.64” (69.46m) throw.  Meanwhile, Pieterse competed in the 5,000 meters, finishing ninth overall with a time of 17:55.13.  

 

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. 

 

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

Sophomore 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. 

 

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 will take the qualifiers to the NCAA East Preliminary Round on May 27-29 in Greensboro, N.C. The top-48 athletes of each event in the region will qualify for this round.