Moore paces Bucs with podium finish in hammer throw; CSU fourth after first day

Moore paces Bucs with podium finish in hammer throw; CSU fourth after first day

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Jacob Moore's podium finish in the men's hammer throw highlighted Charleston Southern's efforts on the first day of the 2017 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championship on Wednesday at the Bagwell-Settle Track. The Bucs are fourth overall in the team standings following the first day.

Moore entered the Championship as the top overall seed in the hammer event and the senior did not disappoint placing second overall in the field with a throw of 50.30m in his final event. Winthrop's Mike Hajduk eclipsed his personal mark by more than three meters to take the individual title with 53.83m.

Ryan Spiecha finished fifth overall in the field with a throw of 45.35m in his second throw of the day, while fellow freshman Clarence Moss finished ninth overall with a throw of 34.77m.

Liberty leads the team standings with 28 points at the conclusion of events on the first day. Campbell is second with 27, while Winthrop rounds out the top three with 25 points. CSU (15), Gardner-Webb (13), High Point (5) and UNC Asheville (4) fill out the rest of the team standings following the first day.

Freshman Niegel Simmons was unable to complete the conference sweep in the men's long jump after taking the Big South Indoor title at the JDL Fast Track on February 25. He finished sixth overall on the day with a jump of 7.12m to lead the Bucs in the event. Fellow freshmen Frankie Thomas (6.81m, 11th) and Timothy Davis (6.56m, 14th) also took on the field for CSU.

Sophomores Josiah Scarlett and Terik Johnson both qualified for Friday's 400m hurdles final. Scarlett finished second in the second heat and fourth overall with a time of 54.95, while Johnson finished fifth in the first heat and eighth overall to take the final spot in Friday's field.

Sophomore Joshua Paramore and freshman Justin Green both paced CSU's sprinting efforts and qualified for Friday's 200m dash finals. Paramore won the second heat and finished fifth overall with a time of 22.05. Green was second overall in the heat and seventh overall on the day with a time of 22.19. Senior Sheldon Townsend placed 13th overall in the field with a time of 22.73.

Charleston Southern is back in action tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. with the men's shot put event. The 110m hurdles start the Bucs on the track at 4 p.m.

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