LYNCHBURG, Va. Coastal Carolina freshman Jessica Gelibert broke her own record in the 400-meter hurdles Saturday to highlight a day in which the Chanticleers had to settle for second at the Big South Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships behind Liberty.
Gelibert finished first in the event to help Coastal earn 203.25 points as they finished 6.75 behind the Flames, who held a big lead entering the final day.
CCU’s 400-meter relay team – Ruby Durham, Erica Peake, Teka Simpson and Qwontajah Thompson – set a new facility record in winning with a time of 45.50, and the 1,600-meter relay team – Gelibert, Thompson, Camille Hurley and Simpson won in 3:45.68. Amirah Al-Bayyinah won the triple jump (40-11).
Other CCU performers finishing in the top eight to earn points were (top three earned all-conference): Christina Davis (400m hurdles, second, 1:00.52); Kelila Naules (triple jump, eighth, 36-101/2); Christina Davis (100m hurdles, second, 13.79); Ashley Davis (100m hurdles, third, 13.83); Gelibert (100m hurdles, fourth, 13.91); Hurley (100m hurdles, fifth, 14.03; 400m, fourth, 56.09); Peake (100m, second, 11.61; 200m, second, 23.90); Symphony Thompson (100m, fourth, 12.02); Qwontajah Thompson (200m, fourth, 24.30; 400m, second, 54.99); Durham (100m, fifth, 12.18); Simpson (200m, fifth, 24.44); Sharmaine Barnes (400m, seventh, 56.84); Emily Marchini (800, second, 2:12.44; 1,500m, second, 4:34.71; 5,000m, eighth, 17:51.04); Shelby Nicosia (1,500m, fourth, 4:36.80); and Anjulia Nicholson (discus, eighth, 139-2).
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–Liberty 210, Coastal Carolina 203.25, Charleston Southern 89.50, Campbell 74, UNC Asheville 51.75, High Point 48, Gardner-Webb 42.50, Winthrop 39, VMI 38, Radford 23.
CCU men’s track and field
The Coastal Carolina men’s track and field team earned wins in the 400-meter and 1,600-meter relays en route to taking second place to Liberty at the Big South Championships.
The 400-meter relay squad – Ronnie Jackson, Joseph Wilson, Corey Hackett-Greene and sophomore Eric Brown – won in 40.83, and the 1,600-meter relay squad – DeAndra Lipscomb, Hackett-Greene, Deion Wellington and Matthew Lights – won in 3:11.41.
Coastal had several individuals with top-eight finishes: Lipscomb (400m, second, 47.80; 200m, seventh, 21.79); Cameron Griggs (discus, third, 158-7); Jordan Roach (discus, fourth, 155-7); Hackett-Greene (400m, third, 47.97); Wellington (400m, eighth, 49.21); Russel Kanner (400m hurdles, second, 53.21); Lights (400m hurdles, third, 53.26); Carrington Fernandors (400m hurdles, seventh, 56.60); Wilson (100m, fourth, 10.68; 200m, fifth, 21.47); Jackson (100m, seventh, 10.86); and JaDarrrell Barnett (triple jump, fifth, 46-6).
–Liberty 213, Coastal Carolina 131, High Point 110, Charleston Southern 81, VMI 73, Campbell 65, Radford 56, Gardner-Webb 44, Winthrop 25, UNC Asheville 20.
• (At) Coastal Carolina 6-5, Presbyterian 2-1 | The Chanticleers swept a doubleheader to reach 30 wins for the second straight season.
Cacia Pierre led the way in the second game, hitting two home runs and driving in three runs for Coastal (30-18, 15-5 Big South).
Bri Chiusano had three hits and two runs scored, while Jazmin Daigle added two hits and two RBIs in the opener.
Kiana Quolas and Ashley Bagwell picked up victories in the circle, combining to allow just one earned run in the two games.
CCU women’s lacrosse
• Coastal Carolina 13, (at) Campbell 12 | Charlotte O’Leary scored three goals, and Rachel Waldron and Rachel Ferrara each had to lead the Chants (5-11).
• (At) South Carolina 5-7, Kentucky 2-6 | Brison Celek singled in the game-winning run in the 11th as the Gamecocks won the second game in extras to sweep a doubleheader and clinch the series heading into Sunday’s finale.
In the opener, South Carolina (30-10, 10-7 SEC) rallied for four runs in the sixth inning to erase a 2-0 deficit en route to a victory.
• (At) Miami 2, Clemson 1 | Alexander Hernandez drove in the go-ahead run in fifth inning and Bryan Radziewski struck out 10 batters in seven innings as the Hurricanes bested the Tigers (27-12, 13-7 ACC).