Track & Field Post Top Finishes in Championship Tune-Ups

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Dunston Takes Third in Hammer at UNC Invite
CHAPEL HILL, N.C.-Jessica Dunston posted her fifth consecutive top-5 finish, taking third in the hammer throw Saturday at the UNC Kent Taylor / Joe Hilton Invitational.

Dunston, a junior from Knightdale, N.C., posted a 51.49 meter toss Saturday morning at Findley Fields. Duke's Michelle Anumba took the event title with a 57.11 meter mark, while NC State's Lawanda Henry edged Dunston with a 54.67 meter heave.

Coming into Saturday's competition, Dunston ranked 28th in the NCAA East region, 72nd nationally and third in the Big South in the hammer throw this season with a personal best 55.50 meter toss. The school record throw came at the NC State Raleigh Relays on March 31.

The Camels will be back in action Thursday, April 19, kicking off the three day Big South Outdoor Championships in Conway, S.C.

Campbell will host the Irwin Belk Open on April 28, the school's first home meet since 1987.

Bucs Post Top Finishes at Chanticleer Classic
CONWAY, S.C. - Mulern Jean and Jasmine King each picked up a win, while Deona Jones added a pair of second place finishes as the CSU women's track team had another strong outing at the 2012 Chanticleer Classic at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., on Saturday.

Jean took first place in the 100-meter dash in a time of 12:16, with teammate Deona Jones taking second with a time of 12:54. Jean also took second place in the 200-meter dash, crossing the line in 25:06. Mary Elliott took fifth place in the 400-meter event, finishing in 1:00.50.

The Buccaneers went 1-2-3 in the 100-meter hurdles, as King claimed first in a time of 14.66. Rashida Dooling was second at 14.97 while Kerona Parnell ran a 15.61 to take third place. King also took third place in the 400-meter hurdles, crossing the line in 1:06.03. Eloisa Paredes was forth in the event, running a 1:07.56.

King and Jean teamed with Gabrielle Houston and Brittney Greer to take first in the 4x100 meter relay with a time of 46.68.

Sequoya Casey competed in the high jump for the Buccaneers, taking fifth with a jump of 1.50 meters. She took third place in the long jump with a distance of 5.21 meters, finishing just behind Jones who took second with a jump of 5.48 meters. Jean also competed in the event, recording a jump of 4.71 meters.

The meet served as a final tune up for the Buccaneers, who will head back to Conway next weekend for the 2012 Big South Conference Outdoor Championships on April 19-21.

Track & Field Claims Eight Victories, Sweeps Three Podiums
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men's and women's track and field teams hosted the annual Chanticleer Classic, claiming eight event wins and sweeping three podiums on a picturesque Saturday on the Chanticleers' Conway campus.

Prior to the start of the running events, seniors Jason Flanagan, Corey Jameson, Jason Jensen, Burton Jones II, Kyle Kling, Anthony Lynch, Shane Norris, Chad Phillips, Tyler Swanson, Darren Tymczak, Santresa Jamison, Shantelle Patterson, Samantha Simile, Kierra Gabe, Christian Johnson and Brittany Connor where honored for their accomplishments and contributions to the Chanticleer track and field programs.

Sprints/Hurdles
Stevie Brunson was Coastal's top sprinter on the day as he tied for first in the 400m-dash with a personal-record time of 49.06. DeAndra Lipscomb also turned in a personal-best in the event, crossing the finish line in 49.48 to place fifth. Anthony Lynch, who was competing in his first career 400m, ran a 49.58 to place seventh. Darren Tymczak placed 13th in a season-best 51.93.

Eric Brown, a freshman, ran a career-best 11.02 in the men's 100m to place fourth in the 15-competitor field.

Junior Jerica Howard finished third in the 16-member 200m-dash field with a time of 25.85.  The time was Howard's quickest of the season. The Hanahan, S.C., native also competed in the 400m-dash, stopping the clock in 59.81 to earn fourth.

Lynch led the Chants in the men's 200m-dash with a fifth-place finish in 22.08. Brown was hot on Lynch's heals, finishing sixth in 22.30. Nicholas Parks placed 11th with a time of 22.63.

Newcomer Nyala Waring ran a career-best time of 1:01.10 in the 400m on her way to a seventh place finish. 

Sophomore Russel Kanner won both the men's 110m and 400m hurdles. The Aiken, S.C., native ran a 15.08 in the 110m hurdles and a career-best 54.52 in the 400m variety. Carrington Fernandors ran second to Kanner in the 110m hurdles, finishing in 15.13. Jacob McKnown placed second in the 400m hurdles with a 57.53.

Samantha Simile was the only women's hurdler to compete on the day. The senior claimed fifth in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:07.70.

Mid-Distance/Distance
Kyle Kling easily won the men's 3,000m run to lead the Chants to a sweep of the podium. Kling, who holds Coastal's all-time record in the event, ran an 8:53.29. Freshman Evan Niciphor placed second in 8:59.23 followed by sophomore Spencer Lange (9:40.32) in third.

Freshman Joseph Keitt claimed his first collegiate event victory in the 1,500m with a personal-record time of 4:02.47. Cameron Wells, a sophomore, was the runner-up in 4:07.30.

Tim Bryson ran a 1:59.63, crossing the finish line in fourth in the men's 800m. Newcomer Tyler Cummings placed eighth in 2:01.82. 

Jumps
Keegan Woodson turned in a fourth-place-worthy performance in the women's long jump as she leapt for 5.10m (16-08.75). The distance is Woodson second best of the season, trailing her impressive 5.21 (17-01.25) effort at the CCU/Shamrock Invitational.

On the men's side, both Aaron Noble and JaDarrell Barnette recorded third-place finishes. Nobel tied for third in the high jump with a cleared height of 1.92m (6-03.50). Barnett nearly equaled his season-best in the triple jump with a leap of 13.63m (44-08.75).

Throws
The Chanticleers displayed their full contingent of throwers at the meet, placing no lower than seventh in any event.

Coastal swept the podium in both the women's hammer throw and the men's shot put. Senior Brittany Connor recorded a season-best throw of 53.94m (177-00) on her way to winning the hammer. Shantelle Patterson, who currently ranks 18h in the NCAA East Region, claimed runner-up honors with a toss of 53.66m (176-00). Anjulia Nicholson also came away with a season-best as she hurled the implement 48.30m (158-05) down range. Naomi Atkins finished fourth behind her trio of teammates with a distance of 47.21m (154-11). Atkins throw surpassed her previous season-best by nearly three meters.

Freshman Ryan Minor continued his great rookie campaign, taking medalist honors in the shot put with a distance of 14.89m (48-10.25). Cameron Griggs was tenths of a meter behind Minor in second with a throw of 14.13m (46-04.25). Tyler Swanson finished third with a toss of 13.83m (45-04.50).

Minor, as he has done for much of the season, led the Chants in the men's hammer throw, placing second with a final distance of 51.68m (169-07). Swanson finished third in the event with a season-best heave of 49.49m (162-04). Griggs earned fourth, throwing the implement 48.48m (159-01). Gore (44.68m (146-07)) rounded out the Coastal competitors in seventh.

The women's throwers nearly claimed another top three sweep in the shot put. Patterson won the event with a distance of 12.93m (42-05.25) followed by Atkins (12.54m (41-01.75)) in second and Connor in fourth with a season-best 12.12m (39-09.25).

Nicholson was Coastal's top finisher in the discus with a final distance of 42.71m (140-01) to place second. Connor earned third with a throw of 42.29m (138-09) followed by Atkins in sixth with a season-best 35.31m (115-10) effort. 

Led by Griggs' second-place finish, Coastal scored four of the top six finishes in the men's discus. Griggs narrowly missed winning the event as he threw for 46.48m (154-06). James Gore placed third with a personal-best 45.88m (150-06) performance. Swanson (45.85m (150-05)) took fourth followed by Minor's personal-record distance of 41.79m (137-01) in sixth.

The Chanticleers now turn their attention to the Big South Championships. Coastal will host the three day meet at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach Thursday through Saturday, April 19-21. The women's team will look to capture their second consecutive conference title and seventh since 2004. The men will bid for their third league crown and first since the 2006 season.

Johnson, Tyler Earn Wins at Chanticleer Classic
CONWAY, S.C. - Rozzie Johnson and Cornelius Tyler earned a place on the podium as the CSU men's track & field team competed in the 2012 Chanticleer Classic on Saturday afternoon at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C.

Johnson won the 100-meter dash in a time of 10.57. Braxton Drummond took fifth in the event with a time of 11.09. Tyler took the 200-meter dash in a time of 21.40 with Johnson placing third at 21.57.

CSU's Juan Thompson took third in the 400-meter dash with a finish of 49.35, with Tyler and Stephen Slan finishing eighth and ninth, respectively. Tyler ran a 50.48, while Slan finished in 50.95. Dantwan Spreads took 12th in the event in a time of 51.54, while Christian Goetz was 19th in 54.76. Tyler, Spreads and Slan then teamed with Javon Young to win the 4x400-meter relay in a time of 3:16.89.

The lone field competitor for the Bucs, Avery Coe placed second in the triple jump with a distance of 14.30 meters.

CSU will return to Coastal Carolina next weekend for the 2012 Big South Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships on April 19-21 in Conway.

Keydets Complete Final Tune-Up Before Conference Championships
FAIRFAX, Va. - Jenna Moye notched her second school record of the outdoor season, while Felix Kitur finished third in a crowded 800-meter field to pace VMI track and field at the George Mason Invitational, contested Saturday in Fairfax, Va. The meet was the Keydets' final tune-up before the Big South Championships, which will begin Thursday.
 
Moye recorded a 2:15.85 time in the 800-meter run, finishing in 19th place overall. It was indeed her second school record of the year, following her 1,500-meter time at Richmond's Fred Hardy Invitational in late March. On this evening, Moye bettered the previous Keydet best by just under two full seconds.
 
Kitur, meanwhile, clocked in at 1:49.58 to finish third in the men's 800. The senior was competing in a crowded field, one that included last year's NCAA Champion, Robby Andrews, formerly of the University of Virginia. Andrey Dmitriev was also in action in the event, and he recorded a personal best 1:51.90, finishing 20th.
 
Freshman Emily Dinning was also in action, competing in the 1,500-meter run and bidding for her third USATF Junior Nationals qualifying effort, after accomplishing that feat in the 3K and 5K over the last two weekends. Dinning came up precisely two seconds short, but did record a significant personal best in timing in at 4:40.14.
 
Also in action were Antonio Wood and Nate Gant, who both finished in the top eight of the men's long jump. Gant placed eighth with a jump of 6.85 meters (22'5 ¾"), while Wood was fifth with a leap of 6.96 M/22'10". 
 
Kate Collins tied for seventh in the pole vault with a clearance of 3.45 meters/11'3 ¾", while the women's throwers were also in action. Renee Reives finished fifth in the shot put, recording a best toss of 12.79 meters/41'11 ½", while Mary Grace Lemon was seventh in the discus (40.51 M/132'11") and ninth in the hammer (47.52 M/155'11").
 
Keydet track and field will return to action Thursday, beginning action at this year's Big South Championships. The event will get underway at Doug Shaw Stadium in Myrtle Beach, S.C. at 1 p.m.

HPU Women's Track Competes in Johnson C. Smith Invitational
The High Point University women's track & field team competed in the Johnson C. Smith Invitational on Saturday, getting a win from freshman Leah Anne Wirfel in the 5,000-meter. Sophomore Kaitlin Whittington was runner-up in the triple jump.

Wirfel ran her first collegiate 5,000-meter and won the event in 18:31.92. Runner-up Livia Mahaffie of UNC Pembroke finished in 18:35.61. HPU freshman Krista Willard placed fourth in 19:24.03.

Whittington posted her second-best mark of the season to earn runner-up honors in the triple jump. She jumped 5.18 meters (36-1.5) and was just behind the winner, Zorayda Rodriguez of Barton, who jumped 11.04 meters (36-2.75). Whittington posted a season-best in the long jump, getting a distance of 5.18 meters (17-0) to place sixth. Two others competed in the long jump: sophomore Megan Lowery placed 16th with a jump of 4.57 meters (15-0) and senior Shamia Brown made her debut in the event, jumping 4.43 meters (14-6.5). Brown got that distance on her first attempt and fouled on her next two tries.

In the 1,500-meter, HPU had four runners under five minutes. Sophomores Audrey Malloy and Kayleigh Perry lead the charge placing fourth and fifth, respectively. Malloy ran a season-best 4:44.00 and Perry finished in a season-best 4:45.24. Senior Kelsey Fraser placed seventh in 4:50.60 and junior Kelsey Paine took eighth in 4:55.46. Senior Kelsey Hinchliffe placed 14th with a time of 5:12.05.

In the shorter distances, freshman Sarah Dorrell was the top HPU finisher as she took eighth in the 800-meter with a season-best time of 2:19.52. Brown placed 13th in the 200-meter in a season-best 25.80 and Emily Fischer and Shannon Corbett placed 45th and 46th into a strong headwind. Corbett placed 23rd in the 400-meter in a season-best 1:00.19, just ahead of Fischer at 1:00.56. Sophomore Colleen Hollowood placed 18th in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:09.67.

HPU's 4x100 relay team of Brown, Corbett, Fischer and Lowery placed 10th 50.46 seconds.

Finishing off the field events for the Panthers, senior Carli Antor placed third in the pole vault with a season-best height of 3.04 meters (9-11.75). Freshman Ashton Kirby placed sixth with a height of 2.74 meters (8-11.75). Junior Lynee Pina was just off her season-best in the discus, placing fifth with a throw of 36.54 meters (119-10) on her final attempt.

It was the final chance for the Panthers to get ready for next week's Big South Championship. The meet will be held April 19-21 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. High Point finished fourth last year.

Crawford, Peachee Lead HPU Men's Track at JCSU Invitational
Sophomore Patrick Crawford and junior Dakota Peachee went 1-2 in the 1,500-meter to lead the High Point University men's track & field team at the Johnson C. Smith Invitational on Saturday in Charlotte, N.C. Senior Alex Fisher placed third in the 110-meter hurdles.

Crawford won the 1,500-meter in 3:59.54 and Peachee was just behind in 4:02.08. Senior Neal Darmody placed seventh in 4:11.17 and junior Anthony Kilar placed 13th in 4:20.71. Freshman Chris Colo made his debut in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, running a time of 9:53.21. Senior Mike Feroe placed 11th in the 800-meter in 2:00.08.

Emery was runner-up in the 100-meter dash behind post-collegiate sprinter Tazz Petty. Emery was fastest in the preliminary with a time of 10.45 with a tailwind. He finished second in the final with a time of 10.56 seconds. Freshman Justin Doehr placed 19th in the 200-meter in 22.96.

Fisher placed third in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.79 seconds into a headwind. It was just off his season-best 14.68. HPU had four runners in the 400-meter: freshman Chris Muggler led the group with a 16th-place finish in a time of 50.13. Freshmen Michael Colven and Evan Gingrich placed 26th and 29th, respectively, and senior Seth Harwood placed 34th.

In the field events, both Steven Scally and Max Coleman recorded fifth-place finishes. Scally placed fifth in the discus with a throw of 40.33 meters (132-4). Coleman cleared 1.83 meters (6-0) in the high jump and also took 14th in the long jump with a leap of 5.88 meters (19-3.5). Freshman Eric Plummer was just behind in the long jump with a distance of 5.77 meters (18-11.25).

Also in the discus, freshman Christian Spaulding placed 22nd and sophomore Tristan Faure placed 25th.

The meet was the Panthers' final performance before the Big South Championship, which will be held April 19-21 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. High Point placed sixth in the conference championship last year.