CONWAY, SC - Coastal Carolina University men's track and field redshirt-junior Jacques Watson set a Big South Conference and program record in the high jump, clearing a 7'4.5" on the final day of the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla. The Chanticleers also concluded the Asics Duke Invitational in Durham, N.C., on Saturday, April 3.
The Pepsi Florida Relays was also a milestone meet for Watson, last season as he broke the Big South record with a jump of 7'3.25 (2.25 meters), winning the event. This season, Watson finished in a tie for second and surpassed his record from last season. Also participating in the high jump, Ross Graves jumped 6'6.75" (2.00 meters) for 16th place.
The Chanticleers also set a school record at Florida with the 4x100-meter relay team of Christopher Lawson, Leonard Steed, Corey Jameson and Ryan Edlich posting a time of 40.98 to place 14th in the event. The Chanticleers "B" team of Watson, Alex Levy, Jerome St. Bernard and Stevie Brunson followed with a time of 42.74 in 25th place.
Jason Flanagan continued his strong season performance in the javelin, taking third place in a very competitive field with a throw of 223'7" (68.16 meters). Bryan Fill followed in 12th place in the event with a season-best throw 191'10" (58.49 meters).
The Chanticleers also participated in the 1600-meter medley relay, with the team of St. Bernard, Laweson, Jacob Scheuer and Brunson clocking 3:37.25 to finish in 15th. Coastal also competed in the 4x200 relay, with St. Bernard, Levy, Graves and Brunson finishing with a time of 1:29.70, good for 17th place.
At Duke, the Chanticleers were successful in field events as well, as Tyler Swanson threw a personal-best 145'10" (44.46 meters) in the discus, taking 15th place. Curtis Smiley also took part in the event, throwing 130'11" (39.91 meters). Smiley took 14th in the shot put with a toss of 45'1" (13.74 meters), while Stanley Davis and Swanson tossed 43'0.50" (13.12 meters) and 42'4.74" (12.92), respectively. In other field events, Jerry Ntumba finished in 23rd in the long jump as he cleared 19'5.50" (5.93 meters).
In the running events, Jamie McCarthy ran a season-best 1:56.19 in the 800 meters. In the 3000-meter steeplechase, John Heron ran 9:46.67, battling for 16th place. The Chanticleers 4x400 team of McCarthy, Williams, Mendez and Heron, ran 3:35.47.
The Chanticleers will continue competition next weekend at the Sea Ray Relays on April 9-10 in Knoxville, Tenn.