Lady Chants run away with Big South Championships

The Coastal Carolina women’s indoor track & field team captured four more event titles and set two Big South Championship records Friday on its way to winning its fifth conference title and first since 2008.

After three straight runner-up finishes to Liberty, the Chanticleers got over the hump against the Flames this time, racking up 182 points in the two-day event. Liberty finished second with 142.

“Our ladies were on a mission,” Coastal head coach Alan Connie said. “They stepped up throughout the Championship. It took a total team effort. We as coaches are extremely proud of them.”

Erica Peake added titles in the 60-meter dash and 200 meters to her long jump crown she won on Thursday, Jessica Gelibert took the 400-meter title and the Chanticleers’ 4×400 relay team set a championship record in winning that event to finish off the meet in style.

Gelibert, Qwontajah Thompson, Camille Hurley and Peake combined to clock a time of 3:47.78, breaking the previous mark of 3:49.10, which Coastal set in 2006.

Peake also set a new championship mark in the 200 with a time of 24.07. Charleston Southern’s Gabrielle Houston held the previous record of 24.14.

The senior standout also bettered Houston on the track Friday, edging her in the 60-meter dash. Peake won with a time of 7.39, .02 seconds ahead of runner-up Houston. The time broke Coastal’s Chasity Johnson’s Big South indoor meet record of 7.45 and equaled the CCU and conference record that Peake established two weeks ago.

Gelibert earned her first Big South individual title with the victory in the 400 meters, finishing in a time of 56.66. She finished just ahead of teammate Thompson who clocked 57.18. Hurley took fourth place in 58.55. Thompson also placed third in the 200 meters in a time of 24.89.

Emily Marchini and Anjulia Nicholson added runner-up finishes. Marchini was second in the mile run with a personal-best 5:05.60, while Nicholson took second in the weight throw with a mark of 17.05 meters (55-11.25), tying her personal-best.

Letitia Saayman followed closely behind Marchini in the mile, finishing fourth in a personal-best 5:06.53. Marchini also took fourth in the 800 meters in 2:16.28.

The Chants placed three in the top seven of the 60-meter hurdles, led by Ashley Davis, who was third in 8.71. Christina Davis finished sixth (8.85), while Gelibert was seventh (8.87).

Also for the Chanticleers, Teka Simpson placed third in the high jump, clearing 1.60 meters (5-3). Raven Hamilton achieved the same mark and placed fourth. Amirah Al-Bayyinah finished fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 11.81 meters (38-9), Gabrielle Lee placed fifth in the 60-meter dash in 7.70, Kyla van Graan was sixth in the 5000 meters (17.52.11) and Kelila Naules took eighth in the triple jump (11.16 meters).

The Coastal women return to action next weekend at the Virginia Tech Last Chance meet.

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