CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern will have a friendly venue for the 2017 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships as the Buccaneers host the field at the Bagwell-Settle Track on May 10-12 at the Whitfield Stadium Center.
The Big South Championship will be the fourth outdoor meet held on the Bagwell-Settle Track this season as the Bucs previously hosted the CSU Spring Break Invitational, the Lowcountry Invitational, and the CSU-Citadel Tune-Up. CSU last hosted the Big South Championship in 2010.
Tickets for the three-day event are available and on sale now and at the gates. A one-day ticket for the event is $7, while a two-day event ticket is on sale for $12. A full event ticket is on sale for $15.
Concessions will also be sold at the Bagwell-Settle Track throughout the duration of the track meet.
Charleston Southern's team brings an abundance of youthful talent to the meet as the Bucs look to continue a strong season under first-year Director of Track and Cross Country Jim Stinzti.
Joshua Paramore leads the CSU sprinting corps into the Big South Championship as the sophomore sprinter finished the regular season among the conference leaders in both the 100m and 200m dashes. Paramore recorded the fastest time in the conference in the 100m dash on the season at the CSU Spring Break Invitational finishing with a time of 10.58. His time of 22.01 at the same meet in the 200m dash ranked fourth in the conference in the event.
Freshman Justin Green was the Bucs' leader in the 400m event at the USC Open with a time of 50.47 to finish 14th overall. Green also placed in the top 10 in the 200m event in the regular season with a time of 22.13 at the CSU Spring Break Invitational for the ninth-best time in the Big South.
Vincent Johnson and Josiah Scarlett lead CSU's efforts in the hurdles heading into the conference championships. Johnson recorded the second-fastest time in the conference in the regular season at the High Point VertKlasse Meeting with a time of 14.53 in the 200m hurdles event. Scarlett was seventh-fastest in the conference in the men's 400m hurdles with a time of 55.31 recorded at the North Florida Invitational.
The Bucs' relay teams will also be among the favorites at the conference meet this week. CSU's 4x100m relay team recorded the second-fastest time in the conference this season at the USC Open with a time of 41.52. CSU recorded the fifth-fastest time in the conference in the 4x400m relay at the VertKlasse Meeting with a time of 3:23.11.
A trio of freshmen is expected to pace CSU's jumping efforts in 2017. Frankie Thomas recorded the fourth-best height in the high jump in the 2017 season with a mark of 2.00m at the North Florida Invitational. Niegel Simmons was second in the Big South in the long jump with the freshman achieving a distance of 7.41m at the North Florida Invitational. Timothy Davis rounds out the group in the triple jump with a distance of 14.48m at the North Florida Invitational for the eighth-best distance in the regular season.
Senior Jacob Moore and freshmen Ryan Spiecha and Clarence Moss will be among the conference's best in the throwing events this weekend as the trio is expected to compete in the shot put, discus, and hammer.
Moore was the Big South's leader in the hammer event on the season with a throw of 51.32m achieved at the North Florida Invitational. Moore also led the Bucs in the discus throw and recorded the fourth-best distance in the conference this season at the same meet with a throw of 44.95m. Spiecha was CSU's top thrower in the shot put and finished third in the conference standings with a throw of 15.65m at the CSU-Citadel Tune-Up.
Cameron Dominy was the CSU leader in the javelin throw with the senior reaching a mark of 50.94m at the USC Open for the ninth-longest distance of the 2017 season.