MYRTLE BEACH The 1,600-meter relay team clinched the John Rhodes Mayor’s Cup for the Coastal Carolina women’s track and field team Saturday, winning in 3:41.43 to edge out Ohio State for the honor at the 58-university CCU/Shamrock Invitational.
The 1,600-meter relay– which included Jessica Gelibert, Qwontajah Thompson, Latesha Simpson and Erica Peake – was the final event and clinched the honor, which is handed out to the team with the best relay results.
South Carolina earned the honor last year in the inaugural event.
“It just give us a lot of momentum as we begin the outdoor season. It’s building on our championships,” CCU women’s track and field coach Alan Connie said of the honor. “It was quite a show because Erica took the baton and had about 20 meters to make up and she just brought it home in 52.5 [seconds]. That was a really thrilling way to close out the meet and cement that trophy.”
The Chants’ 400-meter relay team – Darriale Henley, Peake, Simpson, Thompson – took second (46.06).
On the men’s side, Coastal’s Joseph Wilson won the 200 meters (21.36) and was sixth in the 100 (10.62). JaDarrell Barnette tied for fourth in the triple jump (49-11/2), Reggie Nelson finished fifth in the high jump (6-83/4) and Cameron Griggs was fifth discus (156-10).
Individually, Shelby Nicosia took fourth in the 3,000 (10:11.74), Emily Marchini took seventh in the same event (10:22.30), Thompson was second in the 400 (54.88) and Gelibert took third in the 400-meter hurdles (1:02.87) to round out Coastal’s top-10s.
“It was a great event for Myrtle Beach,” Connie said of the three-day event at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.
CCU men’s golf
• TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Coastal Carolina’s Sebastian Soderberg shot a 7-under 65 on Saturday and was tied for first individually after two rounds of the Seminole Intercollegiate.
Soderberg had a two-round score of 8-under 136 for a tie with Florida State’s Daniel Berger, who shot 69 Saturday.
The Chanticleers were in third as a team after a 2-under 286 for a 10-under 566, five strokes behind the Seminoles.
CCU’s Ben Wheeler (70) was tied for fifth (139), Roberto Ballesteros (75) was tied for 33rd (146), Andrew Dorn (78) was in 38th (147) and Easton Renwick (76) was tied for 59th (156).
CCU women’s golf
• AUGUSTA, Ga. The Coastal Carolina women’s golf team was tied for fifth after the second round of the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate, shooting a 12-over 300 on Day 2.
The Chants were at 28-over 604, 21 strokes behind leader Vanderbilt.
CCU’s Jessica Alexander (75) and Brittany Henderson (72) were both tied for seventh (148), while Frida Castillo (75) was tied for 26th (153), Lena Schaeffner (78) was tied for 37th (155) and Marissa Hinchman (78) was tied for 50th (158).
High school baseball
• Socastee 16, Gilman 2 (5) | The Braves offense convincingly came to life on Saturday.
After falling to Gilman on Thursday, Socastee scored nine runs in the first inning en route to a 16-2 victory over the Greyhounds at the Ripken Experience.
Gilman starter Ben Grace didn’t make it out of the first inning. Grace allowed eight runs, scattered eight hits in 2/3 innings.
The Braves were led offensively by Hunter Renfrow – who went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs – and Zach Hyde, who was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Bubba Martin picked up the win on the mound as he struck out two, scattered five hits and allowed two runs for Socastee.
• W–Bubba Martin. L– Ben Grace. Top hitters – Gilman: D. Blair 1-2, BB, 2 RBIs, 1 run; G. Sheets 2-3. Socastee: Hunter Renfrow 3-4, 2 RBIs, 3 runs; Zach Hyde 2-3
• Records – Socastee 6-4, Gilman 2-2.
• Aynor 14, (at) Mullins 3 (6) | The Blue Jackets scored four runs in the first inning and followed up with eight runs in the second en route to a 14-3 win over the Auctioneers on Friday.
• W–Graham Harrington. L–Stroud. Top hitters – Aynor: Harrington 2-3, Nathan Peeples 2-3, Dylan Bagnal 2-4. Mullins: Goodyear 1-2, Stroud 1-2.
• South Carolina 2-0, (at) Missouri 0-4 | The Gamecocks split a doubleheader to the Tigers on Saturday.
In the first game, South Carolina senior left-hander Nolan Belcher tossed 81/3 scoreless innings as the fifth ranked Gamecocks defeated Missouri 2-0 in game one of the doubleheader at Taylor Stadium.
South Carolina starter and Conway High School graduate Colby Holmes suffered the loss in game two of the doubleheader and is now 1-2 on the year. He allowed three runs on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 1.1 innings of work.
High school boys lacrosse
• Wando 11, (at) Socastee 6 | Clay Byers had two goals, Joe Williams had 17 saves in goal and Daquon Brown won 12 of 16 faceoffs in a losing effort.
• Goals – W: Tom Bailey 3, Charles Grigley 1, Sean Robinson 2, Tyler Dodson 3, Joe Plaler 2. S: Clay Byers 2, Wayne Bauerle 1, Jiovany Reneon 1, Nick Borriello 1, Matt Chatfield 1.
• Goalkeepers – W: Richard Pearson (8 save). S: Joe Williams (17 saves).
• Records – Wando 5-0, Socastee 3-3.