Lady Chants send two relay teams to NCAA final meet

For the second straight season Coastal Carolina will be represented at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. This season Chanticleer women’s 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams advanced to the NCAA Championship with their top 12 finishes at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Greensboro, N.C., on Saturday.

The women’s 4×100 meter quartet of Erica Peake, Symphony Thompson, Teka Simpson and Qwontajah Thompson advanced to the NCAA Championship in Eugene, Ore., with a second-place finish in their heat and fourth quickest overall time. The Chants blazed to the finish line with a time of 44.48, breaking the previous CCU record of 44.83 set in 2011. The Chanticleers will be joined at the NCAA Championship meet by teams from LSU, Central Florida, Clemson, Ohio State, South Carolina, Rutgers, Florida A&M, Kennesaw State, East Tennessee State, Morgan State and UAB.

The 4×400 meter team of Jessica Gelibert, Q. Thompson, Simpson and Peake will also move on to the NCAA Championship by virtue of their fifth-place finish. The Chants stopped the clock in school record time of 3:34.09, placing second in their heat. Advancing to Eugene, Ore., along with the Chanticleers are teams for Notre Dame, Memphis, Penn State, Florida, Hampton, LSU, Rutgers, George Mason, Mississippi State, St. John’s and Michigan State.

Peake narrowly missed advancing in the 200m, finishing a spot outside the top 12 in 13th. The senior ran a 23.60, placing fifth in her heat. Peake was edged for the 12th and final qualifying spot by Florida’s Darshay Davis, who clocked a 23.57.

Sophomore Reggie Nelson tied for 13th in the high jump with a cleared height of 2.14m (7-0.25). Nelson covered the opening height of 2.00m (6-6.75) on his second attempt and then cleared the bar on his first attempt at 2.05m (6-8.75). The Dillon, S.C., native then cleared 2.10m (6-10.75) and 2.14m on his second try before three unsuccessful attempts at 2.17m (7-1.25).

The men’s 4×400 meter relay team finished the East Preliminary round with a 23rd-place showing. The quartet of DeAndra Lipscomb, Corey Hackett-Greene, Matthew Lights and Deion Wellington clocked a time of 3:13.05

For the second straight year, Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., will host the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, June 5-8. Former Chanticleer Jason Flanagan represented the Coastal Carolina teal and bronze in the javelin, earning All-American honors, at the NCAA Championship last season.

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