School Track & Field Records Fall on Friday


Coastal Carolina School Records Fall on Day 2 of The Penn Relays
PHILADELPHIA - Members of the Coastal Carolina track and field teams traveled to Philadelphia, Pa., to compete in the 118th Penn Relays alongside some of the best track and field competition in the world. The Chanticleer relay teams took center stage, capturing a pair of school records on day two of the prominent event.

The women's 4x400m relay team finally achieved one of its season-long goals - capturing the Coastal Carolina all-time record. The Chanticleer quartet of Erica Peake, Santresa Jamison, Qwontajah Thompson and Ruby Durham, who finished 18th overall in the highly-contested event, stopped the clock at 1:40.03. The foursome broke the previous milestone of 3:40.67 - set by Vondeeshia Humphries, Amber White, Jamison and Ikeiylah Brown - by a more than half a second.

The men's shuttle hurdle relay foursome of Shane Norris, Tre'von Gee, Russel Kanner and Carrington Fernandors also captured a Coastal Carolina all-time mark. The quartet finished the unique event, which features teammates running in opposite directions in adjacent lanes, in an impressive time of 59.50. The team's time was good for a fourth-place finish.

The men's 4x200m relay team of Joseph Wilson, Ronnie Jackson, Anthony Lynch and Stevie Brunson impressed with an 18th place finish. The foursome ran impressive splits to finish the race in a season-best time of 1:27.29.

In the 4x100m relay the Chanticleer men placed 43rd in the stout 88-team field. Tyler Askew, Corey Jameson, Joseph Wilson and Nicholas Parks completed the circuit in 42.30.

The men's 4x400m relay team defeated 30 teams on its way to a 36th-place finish. The quartet of Brunson, Parks, Lynch and DeAndra finished 3:18.82 to mark the Chanticleers' third fastest time of the year.

The women's quartet of Ashley Davis, Camille Hurley, Sharmaine Barnes and Emily Marchini finished the 1,600m sprint medley relay in 4:11.63 to place 35th in the 41-team field. A. Davis led off the team running the 400m leg followed by Hurley's and Barnes' 200m legs. Marchini brought the baton across the line on her 800m anchor leg.

Reggie Nelson represented the Coastal men in the high jump, tying for 11th in the college division. The freshman Dillon, S.C., native cleared a height of 2.00m (6-6.75).

Askew, who won the Big South long jump crown last weekend, placed 13th in the long jump with a leap of 6.83m (22-05.00). Raheen Frederick finished 20th with a final distance of 6.52m (21-04.75).

Cameron Griggs was the lone Chanticleer thrower competing on the day. The Ruby, S.C., native finished with a distance of 45.57m (149-06) to place 26th in the 33-competitor field.

Senior Big South champions Jason Flanagan (javelin) and Burton Jones II (triple jump) will close out the Chants' time at The Penn Relays on Saturday.

Klase Posts IC4A Qualifier in Men's Javelin
RADFORD, Va. - Liberty freshman Daniel Klase provided the Flames' biggest highlight on a light Friday of action at Radford's Highlander Invitational. He notched an IC4A qualifier with his personal-best 192-10 heave in the men's javelin, while three of his teammates won their respective events.

Klase saved his best javelin throw for last, as his sixth and final attempt exceeded the IC4A qualifying standard of 192-7 and moved him up from fourth to second in the competition. Klase, who was the top collegiate finisher on the day, becomes the third Liberty men's javelin thrower to qualify for the IC4A meet this season, joining Jacob DeValve and Steve Feister.

DeValve finished just behind Klase on Friday, placing third with a 192-0 mark. Feister followed in fifth place at 184-1.

Freshman Kyle Wheeler nearly posted an IC4A qualifier of his own in the men's long jump. He won the event with a season-best leap of 23-2.75 but fell just three-quarters of an inch shy of the IC4A standard.

Mia Aghaji made it a Liberty sweep of the Highlander Invitational long jump titles on the day. She won the competition with her impressive sixth jump, which measured 18-9.75. Behind Aghaji, her freshmen teammates finished third (Melissa Rohwer, 17-7.5), fourth (Riley Brandon, personal-best 16-5.75) and fifth (Bari Minter, 14-11.25) in the event.

The Lady Flames' other event victory came in the javelin. Newly crowned Big South champion Christina Mitchell won with a 128-0 effort. As in the women's long jump, she was followed by Liberty teammates in third (Jennifer Nicholson, 112-4), fourth (Grace Esden, personal-best 110-3) and fifth (Brandon, personal-best 108-11) place.

Liberty placed 2-3-4 in the women's discus, led by Big South champion Mychelle Cumings. Her best toss of the day, 152-7, netted second place. Jocelyn Williams reached 138-7 for third, while Nicholson came in fourth at 136-0.

In the women's pole vault, Rachel Houseknecht cleared 11-11.75 on her first attempt, putting her into a jump-off with VMI's Jennifer Sing for first place. Sing prevailed in the jump-off competition, leaving Houseknecht with a runner-up finish.       

The Highlander Invitational will wrap up with a full day of action on Saturday. Field events will begin at 9 a.m., with the men's discus and women's shot put. The day's first running event, the men's 4 x 100 relay, is set for a noon start time.

Two Liberty Relays Reach IC4A Finals at Penn
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Liberty's Friday at the Penn Relays featured preliminary rounds in three men's relays. Two of the Flames' relay squads (4 x 100 and 4 x 200) were successful in reaching Saturday's IC4A finals at Franklin Field.

The Flames' 4 x 100 relay quartet of Roderick Spruel, Leonard Robbins, Tarell Williams and ConRoy Smith crossed the line in a time of 41.87 seconds. The effort was the 32nd fastest of 88 teams competing in the preliminaries and moved Liberty into the IC4A final for the second time in three years.

Robbins and Smith later joined Maxwell Asante and Andre Washington in posting a 4 x 200 relay time of 1:26.88. With that posting, the Flames came in 17th out of 50 squads and secured another IC4A final appearance.

Asante, Robbins, Paul Arslain and Taylor Courtney finished up Liberty's day on the track with a 3:19.00 clocking in the 4 x 400 relay. The Flames ended up 38th out of 66 teams participating in the 4 x 400 preliminaries.

Liberty's lone field event athlete competing at this year's Penn Relays, Kevin Reddington came in fifth in the Eastern section of the men's long jump Friday afternoon. He used a favorable wind to help him reach 23-3.25 on his best attempt, just shy of the junior's season best of 23-6.

The third and final day of the 118th Penn Relays will begin Saturday at 7 a.m. Liberty's day will get going at 1:47 p.m., when the Flames compete in the men's 4 x 100 relay IC4A final.

NBC will air live television coverage of the Penn Relays from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday.

Runner-Up Showings Highlight First Day of Highlander Invitational
RADFORD, Va. - A pair of runner-up showings in the long jump highlighted the first day of Radford track and field action in the second annual Highlander Invitational Friday afternoon from Cupp Stadium Track.
With a leap of 6.68m/21-11.00, freshman Chris Henry (Urbanna, Va./Middlesex) took runner-up honors in the men's long jump.  On the women's side, Kayla Christian (New Kent County, Va./New Kent) posted her second furthest jump of the season with a 5.44m/17-10.25 distance.  Her mark also earned her a second-place showing.
In the javelin, Jessica Barron (Prince George, Va./Prince George) took eighth to lead a group of Highlanders with a 23.52m/77-02 personal-best throw.  Her mark came on the very first attempt of the day and was only the second time she has ever competed in the event - the other coming in last year's home meet.
Lindsey Noe (Goldvein, Va./Liberty-Bealteton) hit a 3.05m/10-00.00 clearance in the women's pole vault for the fourth time this outdoor season and placed eighth overall.
In the discus, Alyssa Isham (Prince George, Va./Prince George) threw 34.93m/114-07 to own a seventh-place finish.
The second and final day gets underway tomorrow at 12 noon with the 4x100m relays.

Sing Wins to Lead VMI Contingent at Radford
RADFORD, Va. - Jennifer Sing won the women's pole vault, leading a small contingent of VMI track and field athletes at the Radford Invitational, which held its first day of competition Friday in Radford, Va.

Sing, a week after earning her third straight All-Big South honor in the event, took the pole vault title with a clearance of 3.65 meters (11'11 ¾") at a facility at which she holds the track record, a 12'5 ½" vault last year. Teammate Kate Collins cleared 3.50 meters (11'5 ¾") and wound up fifth.

Mary Grace Lemon and Renee Reives were also in action, with Lemon finishing fifth (40.84 M/133'11 ¾") and Reives sixth (40.37 M/132'5 ¼") in the discus throw.

VMI track and field returns to action Saturday, wrapping up action at the Radford Invitational. Action will get underway at 9 a.m.