CCU Men's Track and Field claims second at Big South Championship

Conway, SC - From Coastal Carolina University

CONWAY, S.C. - Coastal Carolina University men's track and field team claimed second place in the Big South Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship, while crowning five Champions in individual events and garnering 11 All-Big South individual honors.

The Chanticleers finished the final day on Saturday, April 17 with 117.5 points, while Liberty claimed the Big South title with 194 points at Charleston Southern. In the award ceremony at the end of the meet, sophomore Jason Jensen earned a spot on the All-Big South Academic Team.

"I'm very proud of the team," Head Coach Jeff Jacobs said. "We performed very well at this championship. We had five individual conference champions, with four of them returning next year, so I feel like we can improve upon that. I'm excited about the rest of season; we have some guys that I believe can make it to the NCAA championship."

The Chanticleers had three record breaking performances on the final day of competition. Jack Hutchison broke the Big South meet record and school record in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.07, winning the event for the second year in a row. Following him in fifth place was Kasheem Clifton with a time of 14.84.

Also breaking a school record was Chad Phillips in the triple jump, with a leap of 49'2.25" (14.99 meters), winning the event and earning his first All-Conference honors of his career.

The 4x100-meter relay team of Corey Jameson, Ryan Edlich, Jerome St. Bernard and Alex Levy smashed the school record with a time of 14.07, finishing in second place, earning the All-Big South award.

Kyle Kling ran the 1,500 meter in dramatic fashion, as he passed the favored Josh Morgan of High Point with 700 meters left in the race. Morgan stayed close as the two made a diving finish with Kling edging Morgan by a tenth of a second with a personal-best time of 3:52.47, earning All-Big South in the event.

Also earning All-Conference honors on the day was Lenny Steed in the 100-meter dash, as he finished third with a personal-best time of 10.69. Ryan Edlich followed right behind Steed in fourth with a time of 10.77. Edlich also took sixth place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.81.

The Chants also completed the 400-meter dash with Stevie Brunson taking seventh, clocking a time of 49.43. Darren Tymczak followed two places behind in ninth at 51.25. In the 400-meter hurdles, Jacob Scheuer ran a personal-best 54.42 in seventh place, while Shane Norris ran 51.18 good for ninth.

The Chanticleer 4x400 meter relay team of Scheuer, Stevie Brunson, Hutchison and Levy ran the best it has in two years, clocking a time of 3:19.04.

Finishing the field events of the day was the discus, as Tyler Swanson threw a personal-best 148'3" (45.18 meters), finishing in seventh in the event. CJ Smiley was 11th with a toss of 136'9" (41.68 meters). Coastal also took part in the 5,000 meter, with Jamie McCarthy placing 10th with a itme of 15:41.36 and Max Hacker in 11th, clocking a time of 15:50.55.

The Chanticleers will continue the regular season as they travel to High Point, N.C., to the Vertklasse Meet on Sunday, April 25.