CCU Roundup: Chants shine on links, track, diamond

ccugolf-dorn2Andrew Dorn fired two rounds below par (70-71) and is tied for ninth at the 3M Augusta Invitational. The Chanticleers are tied for 12th with #23 South Carolina in the 15-team field, played at the par-72, 7,005-yard Forest Hills Golf Club.

Of the 15 teams, 12 are ranked among the nation’s top 46, not including USC Aiken, the third-ranked team in NCAA Division III. There are three top 10 teams, including co-leader and #7 UCF, who is tied with #19 Texas for the lead after two rounds as each stand at 12-under par 564 after 36 holes.

The rest of the field is, in order of standing through two rounds, is #13 Virginia Tech, #9 Illinois, #8 Houston, #27 Baylor, #42 Purdue, host GRU Augusta, #28 Clemson, #43 Tennessee, #22 New Mexico, #23 South Carolina, Coastal, #46 TCU and NCAA DII #3 USC Aiken.

Women’s Golf

The Coastal Carolina University women’s golf team shot rounds of 308 and 292 over the final 36 holes of the Ole Miss Rebel Intercollegiate, tying for 10th in the 18-team field with a 54-hole tally of 892 (+28).

GRU Augusta, ranked 32nd by Golfstat, won the team title with a 7-over 54-hole score of 871 (286-295-290). Kennesaw State claimed runner-up honors with a score of 874. No. 33 Tulane and Texas State tied for third with matching 12-over 876 tallies. East Tennessee State, ranked 43rd, rounded out the top five after carding a 16-over 880. Tennessee (881) finished sixth followed by No. 27 Kentucky (883), Harvard (885) and Furman (890). The host Rebels tied the Chanticleers for 10th as both team counted a victories over seven institutions, including 44th-ranked Notre Dame.

GRU Augusta’s Jessica Haigwood claimed individual medalist honors, firing a 6-under 210 (71-70-69).

Lena Schaeffner, who entered the day tied for 39th at the par-72, 6,313-yard Ole Miss Golf Course, shot up the individual leader board finishing a Chanticleer-best 15th (tied) place. Schaeffner totaled a 3-over 219 score, posting rounds of 75-74-70. Schaeffner’s third-round 70 was her seventh of par or better this season and ninth of her career. The sophomore finished the event with six birdies, including three her final time around the course.

Junior Frida Castillo tied for 33rd in the 96-competitor field with a 7-over 223 score. Castillo (71-75-77) counted seven birdies and 34 pars throughout the tournament.

Track and Field

Sophomore Jessica Gelibert continues to rewrite the Big South Conference and Coastal Carolina University record books as she posted a new Big South Conference and school record in the 400 meter hurdles at the Tiger Track Classic hosted by Auburn University.

The Coastal Carolina men’s and women’s track & field teams posted 16 new season bests while many came close to breaking school records. Gelibert broke her own record in the 400 hurdles by .76 seconds while posting a time of 57.07 and finishing second. She continues to be the only Big South Conference women’s track athlete to run under 58 seconds in the 400 hurdles.

Teammate Christina Davis finished eighth in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:00.98.

The men’s top performers were the 4×400 squad including DeAndra Lipscomb, Alexander Hass, Deion Wellington and Stevie Brunson. The group posted the sixth fastest time in Big South Conference history at 3:10.00 which was two hundredths of a second away from tying the Coastal Carolina record set last season.  The team finished third in the race.

Senior Russel Kanner came just .37 seconds away from tying the school record in the 400 hurdles as he turned in a season best time of 52.54 while finishing third. Junior Carrington Fernandors came in eighth in the event with a time of 53.69.

Junior Joseph Keitt was within three seconds of the school mark in the 1500 meters as he finished eighth in the “invite” heat of the event with a time of 3:53.12. Cameron Wells placed sixth in the “open” portion of the 1500 with a time of 4:01.91.

Senior Shelby Nicosia came in second in the women’s 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 11:00.97. The women’s 4×100 squad of Ruby Durham, Kelila Naules, Teka Simpson and Symphony Thompson posted a season best time of 45.64 while placing third just behind Auburn.

Junior Camille Hurley posted a season best time of 55.00 while finishing fourth in the women’s 400 meters. Senior Emily Marchini also picked up a season best and fourth place finish in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:33.42.

Junior Reggie Nelson had a pair of big performances. He finished third in the high jump with a season best height of 2.12m (6-11.50) and finished fourth in the long jump with a distance of 7.09m (23-03.25). Freshman Ishmael Kamara came in 10th in the long jump with a leap of 6.83m (22-05.00).

Senior Ronnie Jackson came in fifth in the 100 meters with a season best time of 10.80 while Kevondre’ Hunt placed fifth in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.45.

Simpson came in sixth in the women’s long jump with a season best distance of 5.67m (18-07.25). She also finished seventh in the 200 meters with a season best time of 24.15.

The Chanticleers will return to action this Saturday as they host the Chanticleer Classic on the campus of Coastal Carolina University.

Softball

Kory Hayden tied the program’s record for career home runs and the Coastal Carolina softball team swept Saturday’s Big South Conference doubleheader against Liberty, notching a 5-1 win in the opener, followed by a 10-2 six-inning victory at Coastal Carolina Softball Stadium.

The Chanticleers improved to 25-11 overall and 7-1 in conference play. Liberty fell to 6-30 overall and 1-10 in the Big South.

Hayden homered in the third inning of the second game, giving her 14 for the season and 44 in her career. She tied the record held by Holly Lee, who hit 44 from 2000-03.

Hayden went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and two runs scored in the game. The three RBIs gave her 130 for her career, moving into fifth place on CCU’s all-time list in that category. Morgan Noad set a career-high for hits, going 3 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Amanda Daneker added two hits, including a two-run homer, and drove in three runs.

Ashley Bagwell (8-6) notched the complete-game win, allowing two runs on five hits, while striking out six and walking three.

Coastal will go for the three-game sweep when the teams wrap up the series Sunday at 1 p.m.

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