The College Conquers at Lowcountry Collegiate Invitational
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - Track & Field competition made its triumphant return to Charleston county Saturday, where the College of Charleston experienced great success at the Lowcountry Collegiate Invitational in front of a sizable crowd.
With 225.5 points as a team, the Cougar women won the meet outright, edging out second place Georgia Southern (192) as well as seven other teams, three of whom were Division I opposition.
“After last week’s meet was cancelled, today was huge for us because it helped change the momentum in a positive direction,” head coach Amy Seago said. “It was a nice end for a lot of these seniors at home. RoShani was huge in the triple jump, Cara had a heck of a race, Courtney had a big day in the throws…we had numerous improvements.”
RoShani Glover yet-again made history in what's been a terrific season for the senior. Glover won the triple jump outright and broke the six-year old CofC record thanks to a distance of 12.32m, matching her indoor record set earlier this year at the ECAC Championships. The mark currently sits atop the CAA by a margin of 43cm. Glover also managed a second-place finish in the long jump, achieving a new personal-best leap of 5.67m
Junior Julisa Tindall was right behind Glover with a personal-best jump of 5.62m, propelling her to third all-time in the event at CofC. As per usual, Tindall shined brightest in the high jump, where she won handily with a leap of 1.72m. Also of note in the event, multi-athletes Sarah Lynch and Julia Petruch finished fourth and fifth with heights of 1.57m and 1.52m. Both were personal-best performances, with Lynch's propelling her to No. 8 on the CofC all-time list.
In the throws, Lynch claimed fourth place in the shot put, finishing just 3cm shy of her personal best. In the javelin throw, Ciera Holston led the way for the Cougars, finishing second overall with a new collegiate PR of 36.95m. Freshman Nicole Lane finished close behind with a distance of 35.37m, while senior Mackenzie Maples took fourth with a toss of 32.37m.
In the discus throw, Alexandra Coyle led the way for the Cougars with a toss of 38.20m, which was good enough for third place. Freshman Courtney Brooks finished behind her in fifth with a personal-best distance of 36.53m. The two flipped the script in the hammer throw, where it was Brooks with the hot hand. The freshman pulled off a heave of 44.92m, adding nearly a full meter to her personal best and moving her to third in CofC History ahead of Tiffany Sisk. Coyle was close behind in fifth with a throw of 41.36m.
In the 1500m, Carlee Cassidy earned the win with a time of 4:39.98, squeaking her past Kristen Wolfe into third in CofC History. Marissa Small-Towns also etched her name into CofC History with a third-place time of 4:45.82, which cracks the Top 10 list at a tie for No. 5. The two also did well in the 800m run, with Small-Towns taking fourth (2:17.24) and Cassidy achieving fifth (2:18.11). Senior Alexa Chiarelli also managed a personal best time of 2:25.59 to finish eighth in the final event of her college career.
With Cassidy occupied in the middle distances, that opened the door for freshman Ellen Feringa to take her first crack at the 3000m steeplechase, which yielded strong results. Feringa finished first overall in the event with a time of 11:23.36, debuting her at fourth-fastest in the history of the College. In the more traditional version of the 3000m run, Cara Butcher made waves by cracking the 10-minute barrier with a time of 9:58.35. Tori Churchill finished in second with a time of 10:19.64.
The 4x100m relay team of Timesha Moody, Deanna King, Brianna Lewis and Kennay Agnew had some difficulty with its baton exchanges, but finished second overall with the fourth-fastest time in school history (47.96) in spite of their troubles. Moody went on to shave 4/100ths of a second off her 100m time (12.51) to take sixth and surpass King at fourth on the all-time list. She also clipped a hundredth off her 200m time (25.80) to take eighth and move her into a tie at ninth on the all-time list.
Agnew and Jordan Gravelle performed well in the 400m dash with a times of 57.42 and 58.98 to take fourth and sixth respectively. Both times moved them up on the Top 10 list, with Agnew rising to No. 4 and Gravelle moving to No. 7. In the hurdles Alexia Neal took second in the 400m variety with a time of 1:04.36, while Rachel Leder took third in the 100m version, clocking in at 14.82.
Lastly, the men of the CofC cross country team earned some distinct recognition. Crew Kosiorek broke the school's outdoor record in the 1500m (3:59.91) to finish first, yet he, and perhaps every other student-athlete of the day, was upstaged by the audacious senior Tyler Wood.
A career-long distance runner, Wood elected to try his hand at the javelin throw in his final day of competition for reasons that remain unclear. However, the senior had the last laugh. Though his throw of 27.46m only earned Wood an 11th place finish, it managed to shatter the CofC men's javelin record by over seven meters. Given that only members of the cross country team compete in field events at the College of Charleston, that record may very well be untouchable for years to come.
The College will have the next two weeks to compose themselves before their next competition at the end of April, which will be the Mountaineer Outdoor Open in Boone, N.C.