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Chanticleers announce historic day at 2022 Sun Belt Outdoor Athletics Championships

LAFAYETTE, La. – The third and final day of the 2022 Sun Belt Outdoor Track and Field Championships proved to be very notable for Coastal Carolina’s men’s and women’s track and field programs as a plethora of records were broken.

The women’s team finished second in the Tag Team Championship standings, the best finish since joining the Sun Belt in 2017, with 136 points just behind overall winner Arkansas State, while the men’s team placed ninth with 43 points overall and behind overall winner South Alabama.

On the women’s side, Melissa Jefferson broke a handful of records. In the 4×100 meter relay alongside teammates Kayla Sweeney, Shani’a Bellamyand Jermaisha Arnoldthe foursome took the win and broke both the meet and Sun Belt records for the event with a time of 43.79, which is also the second best time in CCU history.

In the 100 and 200 meter events, Jefferson earned two more victories breaking two Sun Belt, two meet and two installation records and setting a new CCU record. In the 100 meters, she crossed the line in 10.88 seconds, a new record for Sun Belt and CCU in the spring event. She also posted a first time of 22.48 in the 200 meters, narrowly missing her school record set earlier this season by 0.02 seconds.

Mekenze Kelley took first place in the 400 meters with a time of 51.98, which is a new personal, facility, competition and school best, while Arnold took a silver medal in the event with a time of 52.21. Kelley was also second in the 200 meters, finishing behind Jefferson with a time of 22.78, which is the second-fastest time for the event in CCU history.

It was all Chants of the 100 meter hurdles, as they swept the podium. Alexis Glasco finished in 13.16 seconds, which set a new installation record and was just 0.01 off his CCU record time, to take first place honors, while Bellamy followed in second at 13.42 and Sydney Clemens third at 13.72. Both set new personal bests in the event, while Bellamy’s time is the third fastest time in CCU lore, while Clemens’ time is the sixth fastest.

Bellamy also earned fifth place in the 100 meters (11.50) and 400 meters hurdles (1:00.25), while Amilia Wise-Sweatshirt was sixth in the 800 meters (2:18.58).

In the final event, the 4×400 meter relay team from Amelie Canetto, Lauren GordonGlasco and Arnold won the gold medal with a time of 3:36.43, which is the fourth fastest in program history.

Apart from the above records and over the three days for the Chants, Molly Jones landed a pair of top five finishes, as she notched a third-place finish (17:53.98) in the 5,000 meters and a fourth-place finish (4:38.74) in the 1,500 meters.

Friday, Nikki BoonThe 5,061 points in the heptathlon were good enough for third place overall and also set the new benchmark in CCU history for this event, while Kynnedy Dennis ranked fifth overall in the pole vault with a mark of 3.72 meters on Thursday.

On the men’s side, Tyler Graves finished second in the 400-metre hurdles with a time of 50.50, which is a new personal best and a program best. He won another silver medal in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 13.79.

In the 4×100 meters relay, the team of Reggie Barlow, DeVonte Harris, Ty Floydand Garett Wilkins came in third with a time of 40.21, which is both the best time of the season and the third fastest time in CCU history. Floyd, Jeremiah TalbertWilkins and Graves also earned a spot on the podium with their third place finish in the 4×400 meter relay with their time of 3:09.90.

Talbert also finished sixth in the 400 meters with a season best time of 47.89, while Barlow took fourth place in the 100 meters with a season best time of 10.34.

CCU also clinched a top-10 spot in the high jump, as Jens Rueckert Jr. finished sixth in the high jump with a leap of 2.03 meters.

Women’s team standings
1. Arkansas State – 157
2. Coastal Carolina – 136
3. UT Arlington – 120
4. State of Texas – 77
5. Louisiana – 72
6. Southern Alabama – 59.5
T-7. Application Status – 51
T-7. ULM – 51
9. Georgia State – 36
10. Troy – 35.5

Women results
Triple jump
12. Keiran Martin – 11.43M (PB)
15. Kayla Ulmer – 11.36M (best season)
18. Kadasia Evans – 10.47M

Relay 4×100 meters
1. Kayla Sweeney, Shani’a Bellamy, Jermaisha Arnold, Melissa Jefferson – 43.79 (Meet Record) (Sun Belt Record)

1500 meters
4. Molly Jones – 4:38.74


100 meters hurdles
1. Alexis Glasco – 1:15 p.m. (Establishment check-in)
2. Shani’a Bellamy – 1:42 p.m. (PB)
3. Sydney Clemens – 13.72 (PB)


400 meters
1. Mekenze Kelley – 51.98 (PB) (Establishment Recording) (Meeting Recording) (CCU Recording)
2. Jermaisha Arnold – 52.21
7. Amaryah White – 56.24


100 meters
1. Melissa Jefferson – 10.88 (PB) (Establishment Recording) (Meeting Recording) (SBC Recording) (CCU Recording)
5. Shani’a Bellamy – 11:50 a.m.
7. Kayla Sweeney – 11:72


800 meters
6. Amilia Wise-Sweatshirt – 2:18.58


400 meters hurdles
5. Shani’a Bellamy – 1:00.25


200 meters
1. Melissa Jefferson – 22.48 (installation record) (encounter record) (Sun Belt record)
2. Mekenze Kelley – 22.78 (PB)
8. Jermaisha Arnold – 23.86


5000 meters
3. Molly Jones – 17:53.98
7. Meagan Moreno – 18:08.77


Relay 4×400 meters
1. Amelie Canetto, Lauren Gordon, Alexis Glasco, Jermaisha Arnold – 3:36.43 (Meet Record) (Facility Record) (fourth fastest time in CCU history)

General classification by men’s teams
1. Southern Alabama – 148.5 points
2. Arkansas State – 137
3. State of Texas – 107
4. UT Arlington – 94
5. Louisiana – 86.5
6. App Status – 58
7. Troy – 54
8. Small Rock – 52
9. Coastal Carolina – 43
10. Microlight 37


Results Men
Triple jump
ten. David Ejumeta – 14.20M (PB)


Disk
11. Major Chestnut – 46.93M (best season)
15. Michel Martello – 41.63M


big jump
6. Jens Rueckert Jr. – 2.03M


Relay 4×100 meters
3. Reggie Barlow/DeVonte Harris/Ty Floyd/Keshon Sapp – 40.21 (Season Best) (Third best time in CCU history)


110 meters hurdles
2. Tyler Graves – 13.79


400 meters
6. Jeremiah Talbert – 47.89 (best season)


100 meters
4. Reggie Barlow – 10:34 (best season)


400 meters hurdles
2. Tyler Graves – 50.50 (PB) (CCU record)


200 meters
8. DeVonte Harris – 21.19


5000 meters
ten. Garrett Biven – 15:08.42


Relay 4×400 meters
3. Floyd/Talbert/Wilkins/Graves – 3:09.90



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