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CSU Has Solid Day at VT Invite
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Javon Young and Rozzie Johnson have picked up right where they left off last season and paced the Charleston Southern men's track & field team as they kicked off the indoor season at the Virginia Tech Invitational at Rector Field House in Blacksburg on Friday evening.

Young took third in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.70. Johnson was close behind in fifth place, finishing in 6.77 in the finals. Teammates Thomas Brown and Lavon Allen took 19th and 21st place, respectively in the prelims, with Brown crossing the line in 6.97 and Allen running a 6.99.

In the 300-meter dash, Juan Thompson took 12th place with a time of 35.59 with Avery Coe in 21st place with a time of 36.77. Braxton Drummond was close behind, taking 25th place in the event.

Tyree Hines and Scott Morrison took 29th and 30th, respectively in the mile. Hines finished in 4:39.87 in his collegiate indoor debut while Morrison ran a 4:44.17.

In the field events, Coe took sixth place in the triple jump with a final of 14.57 meters (47-09.75). Zach Pociatek grabbed eighth place in the weight throw with a toss of 16.22 meters (53-02.75) while Cleveland German took 13th in the event at 14.24 meters (46-08.75).

The Buccaneers will resume the competition with session two at Rector Field House on Saturday morning. The first event will start at 11 a.m.

Bucs Off to Hot Start at VT Invite
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Charleston Southern women's track & field team has gotten off to a fast start at the Virginia Tech Invitational with one school record down after the first session of competition at Rector Field House in Blacksburg on Friday evening.

"It's a good starting point for now," said head coach Tosha Ansley. "The kids now know where they are and what they need to work on. Since we have next weekend off, we can take our time and get some work in."

Freshman Mulern Jean took seventh in the 60-meter hurdles in her collegiate debut, breaking the school record with a time of 8.55 in the finals. She ran an 8.70 in the preliminaries of the event. Teammate Patria Norman took second in her heat at the event, finishing in a time of 8.76 while Jasmine King ran a 9.70.

Eloisa Paredes ran the mile in 5:34.92, taking 25th place overall. In the sprints, Gabrielle Houston placed third in her heat of the 60-meter dash preliminaries, finishing 15th overall in a time of 7.69. Brittany Greer and Sharni Butler each had solid performances as well with times of 7.90 and 8.12, respectively.

Melody Davis took third in her heat of the 300-meter dash, finishing in a time of 44.16. Mary Elliott crossed the line in 41.95 to place 19th overall, while Rashida Dooling placed 24th with a time of 43.53.

In the field events, Tamisha Foster finished eighth in the triple jump with a final distance of 12.03 meters (39-05.75). Seqouya Casey placed 16th at 10.76 meters (35-03.75). The Bucs placed three athletes in the top 20 of the weight throw, with Tenasia White's 15th place finish leading the pack. She finished with a throw of 14.99 meters (49-02.25). Daisy Whitaker and Joshlyn Noga took 21st and 28th place, respectively.

The Bucs will return to action in Blacksburg tomorrow at 11 a.m.

Monds, Doehr Lead HPU in First Day at Virginia Tech
In the first day of the Virginia Tech Invitational  at the Rector Fieldhouse in Blacksburg, Va., redshirt senior Jevin Monds led the High Point University men's track and field team  with a fourth place finish in the 1,000-meter. Freshman Justin Doehr placed fifth in the 500-meter in his collegiate debut.

"It was good to get Jevin back after he missed the last year," said head coach Mike Esposito. "This was his first track meet in over a year and he was able to shake off the rust and run well. We are obviously pleased with Doehr's opener in the 500 and the hurdlers were just outside of qualifying for the finals. Overall it was a good first day."

Monds placed fourth in the 1,000-meter in 2:31.18. He narrowly beat East Tennessee State's Filip Jalovy who finished in 2:31.74. This was the first weekend of competition for Monds since the 2010 cross country season after redshirting the last year. Freshman Michael Colven also ran the 1,000-meter, finishing in 2:38.87, good for 18th place.

Doehr finished the 500-meter in 1:05.89 for fifth place in his collegiate debut. He came in just behind South Carolina's Thomas Gaither who ran the 500-meter in 1:05.88.

With a time of 8.45 in the 60-meter hurdles Alex Fisher came in 11th in the preliminaries, falling short of finals. Ryan Venable (8.52) and Tristan Faure (8.88) also competed in the 60-meter hurdles.

Evan Emery placed 11th in the preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles in 6.9 seconds and Max Coleman came in with a time of 7.57. Neither qualified for the finals.

Sophomore Steven Scally was fifth in his heat and 17th overall in the weight throw with a distance of 44-6.75.

Events continue Saturday at the VT Invitational, beginning at 11 a.m. with Faure in the triple jump.

Coastal Women's Track & Field Wraps Up First DBlackay at Virginia Tech Invitational
sburg, Va. - The Coastal Carolina women's indoor track & field team had a strong showing in the first day of the season opening Virginia Tech Invitational on Friday, Jan. 13.

The Chanticleers had six top 20 performances during the first day of events, including three top 10 performances.

Shantelle Patterson placed fifth in the weight throw following a toss of 16.66 meters (54-08.00). Anjulia Nicholson finished in 19th with a mark of 14.78 meters (48-06.00).

Kierra Gabe finished in 10th in the triple jump with a mark of 11.80 meters (38-08.75).

Sophie Perry, from Australia, who joined the Coastal track & field team this week, took fourth in the mile following a time of 5:07.00. Letitia Saayman, a South African who also joined the Chanticleers this week, finished in 14th in the mile with a 5:16.69. Christian Johnson finished a close 15th with a 5:17.25.

Sharmaine Barnes recorded a 41.26 in the 300-meters to take 16th overall.

Mary Lawrence tied for first in the pole vault in the opening round of the pole vault after clearing 3.50m (11.05.75) and will look to have another top performance tomorrow in the finals.

The Virginia Tech Invitational will continue on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 11:00 a.m