CCU men's track and field 3rd after first day of Big South Champs

Conway, SC - CHARLESTON, S.C.- Coastal Carolina University's men's track and field team is in third place with 22 points after the first day of the Big South Conference Championship at Charleston Southern on Thursday.

The Chanticleers are behind Liberty and High Point, who tallied 45 and 31 points, respectively.

"I'm optimistic about tomorrow because of our performances today," Head Coach Jeff Jacobs said. "We were two points better than what I projected we would be today, because several guys that stepped up with personal-best performances. I am looking forward to tomorrow, where a lot can happen in trial events."

The field events led the Chanticleers through day one as Jason Flanagan won the javelin with a throw of 219'03" (67.03 meters), earning his first All-Conference selection. Chris Tillotson threw a personal-best 187'11" (57.29 meters), taking seventh place, while Bryan Fill followed in eighth with a throw of 186'8" (56.91 meters). Rounding out the top-10 was Zach Barr, who threw 168'6" (51.36 meters).

The success continued in the hammer throw as Jason Jensen threw a personal-best 197'6" (60.19 meters), also garnering his first All-Big South award. Tyler Swanson also threw a personal-best 158'5" (48.28 meters), placing 10th in the event.

In the long jump, Burton Jones leapt a season-best 22'4.5" (6.82 meters), good for eighth place. Ryan Edlich rounded out the top-10 for the Chants at 21'8.75" (6.62 meters), while Jerry Ntumba followed with a personal-best 21'1.5" (6.44 meters) in 11th place.

In the lone running event of the day, Ryan Caputo finished in 13th in the 10,000 meters, placing 34:44.66.

The Chanticleers will look to move up in the rankings as they continue tomorrow, Friday, April 16 at noon, beginning with the shot put trials and finals.