Peake Performance: Coastal sprinter takes two events

In the final meet before the NCAA Indoor Championships, Erica Peake broke her own school records in the 60-meter dash and 200 meters on Saturday while winning both events at the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier.

Peake set new Coastal Carolina and Big South Conference standards in the 60-meter dash for the second time in two weeks. The senior standout clocked 7.35 in the semifinals of the event Saturday, shaving .04 seconds off her the previous mark. She then equaled that time in winning the final by .02 seconds over Charlotte’s Joann Blakney.

Later in the afternoon, Peake set a new CCU record in the 200 for the third time in two years, topping the 23.96 time that she established in January on the same track at Virginia Tech. She finished Saturday’s event in 23.47 to win by .13 seconds over East Carolina’s Tyshonda Hawkins.

Peake’s new 200-meter time is tied for 17th-best in the nation, while the 60-meter dash time ranks tied for 19th.

Also Saturday at Virginia Tech, Coastal teammate Jessica Gelibert set a new personal-best in the 400 meters, finishing in a time of 55.66 to place fourth in the event. The freshman’s previous best was 56.42. Qwontajah Thompson finished ninth in the 400 with a time of 57.15.

Teka Simpson also ran a new personal-best in the 200 meters, clocking 24.96 to finish 13th. Simpson’s previous best was 25.13, also on the Virginia Tech track.

The NCAA Indoor Championships will be held March 8 and 9 in Fayetteville, Ark.

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