CCU men’s track and field moves into 2nd at Big South Championship

Charleston, SC - From Coastal Carolina University:

CHARLESTON, S.C.- Coastal Carolina University men's track and field squad inched up to second place in the Big South Conference Championship with 46.50 points after the second day Friday at Charleston Southern.

VMI is in a close third place with 44.50 points, just two points behind Coastal. Liberty leads all teams with 75 points.

"We competed very well today," Head Coach Jeff Jacobs said. "We qualified at least one athlete for the finals tomorrow in every running event, which is very important for the outcome."

Jacques Watson highlighted the day for the Chanticleers as he won the high jump with a leap of 6'11" (2.11 meters), earning his third consecutive All-Big South honor in the event. Burton Jones finished fourth overall with a personal-best jump of 6'7" (2.01 meters), while Ross Graves also jumped 6'7" (2.01 meters), placing sixth on the day.

With a day containing mainly preliminary running events, the Chanticleers were successful in qualifying at least one person for the finals taking place tomorrow. The most notable of preliminaries for the Chanticleers was the 110-meter hurdles, where Coastal qualified three athletes. Jack Hutchison took first in the preliminaries with a time of 14.31, while Kasheem Clifton followed in second, clocking a season-best 14.67. Shane Norris was the final qualifier for the Chants in the event with a time of 15.35.

Norris also qualified for the finals in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 55.09. Teammate Jacob Scheuer also qualified with a personal-best performance of 54.68, taking fourth in a competitive heat.

In the 100-meter prelims, Lenny Steed ran a wind-aided personal-best 10.64 to qualify for the finals. Teammate Ryan Edlich also qualified for the 100-meter finals and 200-meter finals with a wind-aided time of 10.75 in the 100-meter dash and a personal-best time of 21.65 in the 200 meters.

In the 400-meter dash, Darren Tymczak also ran a personal-best 50.48 in fourth place, qualifying for the finals. Also garnering a personal-best 1:54.41 was Jarod Williams in the 800-meter dash, claiming a spot in the championship round.

The Chants had two athletes qualify for the 1500-meter finals, as Kyle Kling finished third with a time of 4:00.88 and Max Hacker followed in fourth, clocking a time of 4:01.18.

Coastal had strong performances in the shot put, as well, with more personal-best showings from Curtis Smiley with a toss of 47'9.25" (14.56 meters), good for fifth place and Jason Jensen with a throw of 46'4.50" (14.44 meters) in sixth place. In the long jump, Burton Jones led the Chants with a seventh-place finish of 22'4.50" (6.82 meters).

The final day of the Championships will begin tomorrow, Saturday, April 17 at 10 a.m. in Whitfield Stadium.