CSU Sprinter Javon Young Earns All-American Honors


Young Takes Seventh at Indoor Nationals
NAMPA, Idaho - CSU sprinter Javon Young has added to his accolades, picking up a seventh place finish at the Division I NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Boise State at Jacksons Family Track in Nampa, Idaho, on Friday.

Young finished eighth in the preliminaries in the 200 meters with a CSU program-record time of 20.93, taking second place in his heat. He then went on to run a 20.96 in the finals of the event. Young's seventh-place finish earned him All-American honors.

Teammate Lavon Allen suffered an injury in his first attempt at the long jump and passed on the rest of his attempts.

Young and Allen will join their teammates at the Weems Baskins meet in Columbia, S.C., on March 24.

Bendik Boosts Liberty Hammer Record to 192-2
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Liberty redshirt senior Melinda Bendik improved her own Liberty women's hammer record to 192-2, highlighting the opening day of the Flames' 2012 outdoor track & field season on Friday. Despite a light schedule of events at the Coastal Carolina Invitational, the Liberty men's and women's squads combined for four ECAC and IC4A-qualifying performances.
Women's Meet Recap
Bendik was dominant in Friday's women's hammer competition, as her record-breaking 192-2 heave landed more than 17 feet past the best effort of runner-up Shantelle Patterson from Coastal Carolina. Bendik's mark, an ECAC qualifier, improved upon her previous Liberty standard of 183-6, which had been set at the 2010 ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Teammate Jocelyn Williams came in fourth after adding nearly 10 feet to her hammer personal best with a 161-1 effort. Freshman Mychelle Cumings followed in seventh place in her hammer throw debut, reaching 155-10. Williams and Cumings now rank No. 3 and No. 5, respectively on the Lady Flames' all-time women's hammer performance list.

The women's hammer competition was dominated by Liberty and host Coastal Carolina, with Lady Flames and Chanticleers combining to claim six of the top eight spots in the final standings.

Shelley Parker provided another highlight in the women's field events, winning the pole vault with an 11-11.75 clearance.

Men's Meet Recap
Liberty closed out the day of competition with a bang Friday evening, notching two IC4A qualifiers in the day's final race, the men's 10K. Josh MacDonald won the 25-lapper in a time of 30:57.09, while Ngetich Kipchirchir followed closely in second place at 30:59.80. Not only did the two of them punch their IC4A tickets, but they also became the 10th and 11th sub-31:00 men's 10K runners in program history.

The Flames' other IC4A qualifier on Friday was Ryan Smith in the men's hammer throw. The redshirt junior improved his personal best to 189-8, placing third in the event.

In the men's javelin, Jacob DeValve came in third at 184-9 and teammate Daniel Klase was sixth with a 178-2 mark.

Liberty also got a pair of top-six finishes in the men's long jump. Kyle Wheeler jumped 21-11 for fifth place, while Tarell Williams was sixth with a 21-10 leap.

The Coastal Carolina Invitational will draw to a close with a full slate of events on Saturday at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium. Things will get started at 10 a.m., with the men's discus, women's shot put, women's high jump and women's 3K.

Campbell's Dunston Wins, Breaks School Hammer Mark at UNCW
WILMINGTON, N.C.-Jessica Dunston won the women's hammer throw and reset the Campbell record to lead Campbell on day one of the UNC Wilmington Seahawk Invitational at the Greene Track Complex.

Campbell's men's squad ranks third of eight teams, while the Camel women sit third of five schools after one day.

Dunston, a junior from Knightdale, N.C., broke her own school record with a 51.77 meter toss, also winning the women's hammer throw. The record edged her previous throw of 51.74 from her freshman season two years ago.

Sophomore Rudi Fate placed third in the women's long jump with a personal best 5.25 meter mark. Naquan Moore also set an outdoor personal record with a 4.93 meter performance, finishing fourth.

Evan Darm, a freshman from Ottawa, Ill., placed third in the men's 5000 meter run, clocking in with a personal best 15:19.66.

Robert Brunson, meanwhile, placed fourth in the long jump with a 6.82 meter mark in his first action of the year. James Endsley also placed fourth in the javelin with a 50.55 meter throw, a personal record.

Camels set 10 personal records on the day.

Day two of the UNCW Seahawk Invitational will begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. with the men's and women's high jump. Competition will wrap up at 3:30 p.m. with the men's and women's 4x400 meter relay.

Next up for the Camels will be the Coastal Carolina Shamrock Invitational on March 16-17.

Coastal Carolina Freshmen Open Collegiate Careers, 2012 Season with Javelin Wins
MYRTLE BEACH - Coastal Carolina track and field freshmen Danielle England and Michael Deitzler made the most of their collegiate debuts as both claimed the javelin titles at the Coastal Carolina University Invitational at Dough Shaw Stadium on Friday.
Friday marked the season opener for the Coastal Carolina as 10 Chanticleer throwers made their season debuts at the annual event.
England won the javelin title with a personal record toss of 43.27m (141-11) on her fourth attempt, finishing six-tenths of a meter better than her closest competitor. Fellow Chant Otessa Velasquez placed 10th in the 46 competitor field. Velasquez finished with a final distance of 35.28m (115-09).
Deitzler turned in his personal-record setting throw of 60.22m (197-07) in his final attempt of the day. The freshman's toss was a full 3.5 meters better than that of the second-place finisher. Also competing in the season-opener was sophomore Tyler Slapikas who finished 12th overall with a final distance of 46.46m (152-05).
Shantelle Patterson led a contingent of four Chants that opened their season in the women's hammer throw as she placed second overall. Patterson turned in her best throw of 53.37m (175-01) on her opening attempt. Brittany Connor followed Patterson with a third place effort of 51.73m (169-09). Anjulia Nicholson finished eighth with a toss of 47.04m (154-04). Naomi Atkins wrapped up the group's efforts with throw of 42.81m (140-05) to place 13th.
In the men's hammer, Ryan Minor made his debut in the teal and black of Coastal Carolina with a throw of 52.08m (170-10) to place sixth. Cameron Griggs finished 10th in the event with a distance of 46.96m (154-01).
The second day of the Coastal Carolina Invitational kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the men's discus and women's high jump.

Bucs Complete Competition at Palmetto Classic
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - The CSU men's track & field day successfully started their outdoor campaign this Friday at the Palmetto Classic, hosted by the College of Charleston in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Cornelius Tyler had the highlight of the day, winning the 200-meter dash in a time of 21.73. Teammate Juan Thompson was sixth in the event, running a 22.24.

Thompson also competed in the 400-meter dash, taking fourth in 49.80. Stephen Slan was seventh in the event with a time of 51.00. Corrie Roach (52.40) and Baxley Crosby (52.45) were 13th and 14th, respectively, while Oshay Davenport finished 21 in a time of 56.00.

Chavez James placed seventh in the 110-meter hurdles, running a 16.56. Fellow Buc Braxton Drummond was fourth in the 100-meter dash, crossing the line in 10.96 while Dantwan Spreads took sixth in 11.06. Cory Rhodes was 10th in the event in 11.36.

Crosby and Spreads both competed in the 800-meter run for the Bucs, with Crosby placing seventh in 1:59.86. Spreads was 11th in 2:04.37. Tyre Hines was sixth in the 5,000-meter run in a time of 16:24.54, while Michael Marshburn (17:01.90) and Martin Hutchens (17:25.26) were ninth and tenth overall.

Richie German picked up a second place finish in the hammer throw with a toss of 49.84-meters. Newcomer Brantley Friscosey had a throw of 38.71 meters in the event, taking seventh place. Also in the field events, Matt Smith placed third in the javelin throw at 49.17 meters. Richard Landford was fourth in the discus throw, finishing with a throw of 40.80 meters.

Avery Coe picked up a second-place finish in the triple jump at 14.31 meters. Both German and Landford competing in the shot put, taking sixth with a throw of 13.75 meters and eighth with 13.41 meters.

The Bucs will next compete at the Weems Baskin Invite, hosted by South Carolina in Columbia on March 24.

Lady Bucs Pick Up Five Wins at Palmetto Classic
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - Five different members of the Charleston Southern women's track & field team each recorded at least one first place finish as the squad competed in the Palmetto Classic, hosted by the College of Charleston in Mt. Pleasant.

Mulern Jean had another record-setting day, while Daisy Whitaker, Tamisha Foster, Deona Jones and Adrienne Cuff each won their events as well.

Big South Freshman of the Year Jean broke the school record in the 100-meter hurdles, running a 14.10 to smash the meet record as well. Daisy Whitaker followed suit, winning the hammer throw with a toss of 46.57 meters. Tenasia White took second, recording a throw of 45.31 while Talei Tagavakatini (37.27) and Joshlyn Noga (37.13) were ninth and tenth, respectively. Katelyn Brummett recorded a throw of 25.75-meters in the javelin, taking 13th place.

Whitaker added a second place finish in the discus, breaking the meet record with a distance of 41.25-meters. Tenasia White was fourth in 37.16-meters, followed by Brummett in fifth at 34.77 meters. Noga placed eighth with a toss of 34.14 meters, while Tagivakatini was 11th with a throw of 30.59. Noga went on to tie for second in the shot put at 12.78 meters, while Whitaker was fifth with a 12.48. Tagivakatini (10.89m), Patria Norman (10.55m) and Katelyn Brummett (10.30m) were 10th-11th-12th while Heaven-Lee Tanuvasa was 14th in 10.02 meters.

Foster picked up a win in the triple jump with a distance of 11.74 meters. King was sixth at 11.05, while Casey placed eighth with a distance of 10.54 meters.

Jones won the long jump with a meet record of 5.74 meters, while Foster took fourth in 5.43 meters. Sequoya Casey was seventh in the event at 5.27 meters, with Kerona Parnell (4.92m) and Rashida Dooling (4.73m) taking 16th and 18th. Parnell and Dooling then combined with Sharni Butler and Jasmine King took fourth in the 4x100-meter relay.

In the distance events, Cuff won the 5,000-meter run in a meet-record time of 18:19.48. Teammtes Heidi Dean (19:08.49) and Hannah Burkholder (20:00.00) were fifth and sixth, respectively, while Mary Davidson finished ninth in 20:34.73. Eloisa Paredes took second in the mile in a time of 5:29.88. Susanna McKee placed fourth in the 800-meter run, crossing the line in 2:18.23. Ashlyn Kunda was 10th in the event, running a 2:39.85.

Brittney Greer took third place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.24, while Jasmine King was the runner up in the 400-meter hurdles to break the meet record in 1:04.55. Paredes (1:07.97) and Dooling (1:08.66) took fourth and fifth, respectively. Butler placed 16th in the 200-meter dash, recording a time of 26.97 on the day.

The Bucs will head to Columbia on March 24 for the Weems Baskin Invite at South Carolina.