CCU women's track and field leads Big South Championships

Conway, SC - CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina University women's track and field team occupies the top spot with 43 points after the first day of the Big South Championship Thursday at Charleston Southern with Liberty close behind at 41 points.

The Chanticleers already have one Big South Champion in Deborah Mattern and earned four All-Big South honors.

Mattern became the first Big South Champion for the Chanticleers in the javelin after throwing a personal-best 146'5" (44.64m).  Caitlin Lupo tossed a new personal best, taking second place in the event with a 138'4" (42.16m) throw and earning All-Big South honors while Bridget Garrity threw her second-best of the year to finished sixth with a 122'11" (37.47m) mark.

Brittany Connor threw a personal-best 178'10" (54.50m) in the hammer throw to finish third and earn All-Big South honors for the second year in a row.  Robin Callan and Tenasia White were not far behind, finishing sixth and ninth with 150'4" (45.82m) and 143'11" (43.87m) marks, respectively.

In the long jump, Darriale Henley was the top Chanticleer, placing second with a 18'7.75" (5.68m) mark and garnering an All-Big South award.  Thomasena Smith was not far behind in fourth after leaping 17'11" (5.46m) and setting a new personal-best.  Kierra Gabe and Sierrah Oates finished 12th and 13th with 17'2.75" (5.25m) and 16'7" (5.05m) marks, respectively.

In the heptathlon, Mikaela Terry is in eighth after the first four events with 2,313 points and Jenna Kazmierczak has 2,262 points, good for ninth place.

In the only track event of the night, Joyce Curtin placed 11th in the 10,000 meters with a time of 40:20.75 while Rindi Wood finished right behind in 12th at 40:32.57.

"I am very proud of the way we competed today," Head Coach Alan Connie said.  "We had very strong performances in the throws with three personal bests. In javelin, we had a 1-2 finish, and Bridget Garrity threw her second best throw of the year, contributing valuable points.  Brittany Connor also had a huge personal best in the hammer today and I am proud of Darriale Henley with her All-Big South performance in the long jump.  Also in the long jump, Thomasena Smith really stepped it up with a fourth place personal-best performance."

The Chanticleers are back in action at the Big South Championship for day two with the heptathlon continuing at 11 a.m.