LYNCHBURG, Va. - Ryan Spiecha, JP Caglione, and Jeryck Wilson all recorded either CSU records or personal bests on their way to finishing on the podium on the first day of the Big South Indoor Track and Field Championships presented by Musco Sports Lighting and UCS. Spiecha and Caglione put together top three finishes in the men's shot put, while Wilson was among top three in the men's 5000m race to highlight the Bucs on day one.
Charleston Southern sits fourth overall as a team following the first day of competition at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex. The Bucs recorded 32 points overall to sit behind Liberty (52), Campbell (50), and High Point (34.5).
Spiecha and Caglione continued strong sophomore campaigns in the men's shot put event. Spiecha eclipsed his own CSU record with a 16.64m throw in his second attempt of the day and cleared 16 meters on three separate occasions to place second behind Gardner-Webb senior Jordan Smith. Caglione was third overall with a personal best of 16.20m in his third attempt holding off all challengers for the podium result.
Wilson ascended the podium and set a new CSU record in the process for the Bucs in the men's 5000m race as the sophomore placed third overall in the deep field. Wilson crossed the line in 14:44.12 to shatter the previous CSU record of 14:53.51 set by Andrew King at the 2010 Big South Championships.
Vincent Johnson opened CSU's qualifiers to multiple Saturday finals in the sprint and hurdles events. The sophomore won the second heat in the men's 60m hurdles with a time of 8.32 to place second overall in the field.
Johnson also advanced to Saturday's finale in the men's 200m dash following a strong performance in the second heat. The sophomore crossed the line in 22.31 to take the sixth overall slot in the field.
Fellow sophomore sprinter Justin Green narrowly held off teammate Josiah Scarlett for the final qualifying spot in the men's 400m race. Green placed third in the first heat with a time of 50.39 to claim the eighth position in Saturday's final. Scarlett was ninth in the field after finishing the fourth heat in second place with a time of 50.52.
Joshua Paramore returns to Saturday's final in the men's 60m dash. The junior sprinter placed second in the second heat and sixth overall with a time of 6.96 to advance.
Timothy Davis and Frankie Thomas added to CSU's point totals in the men's long jump event. Davis was sixth overall with his first attempt of 6.93m standing to pace the Bucs. Thomas also achieved 6.93m to place seventh in the field.
Roy Hyman leads CSU's efforts in the men's heptathlon following the first four events on day one. Hyman placed eighth in the 60m race (7.58), eighth in the long jump (5.66m), seventh in the shot put (8.44m), and seventh in the high jump (1.68m) to sit eighth in the field following the first day of competition with 2,121 points.
Davion Pressley and Niegel Simmons also took on the men's 60m dash field finishing 15th and 17th respectively. Pressley crossed the line in 7.18, while Simmons was five-hundredths of a second behind in 17th with a time of 7.23.
Green narrowly missed out on joining Johnson in the 200m finals on Saturday after placing ninth with a time of 22.44. Pressley was also unable to advance after finishing 17th in 23.42.
Seth Wolfe and Clarence Moss also added results in the men's shot put. Wolfe was seventh in the field to earn points for the team total after achieving 14.04m in his final attempt of the day. Moss was 10th after reaching 11.15m in his second attempt.
Simmons' lone clean attempt in the men's long jump event was good for 6.70m to place him 11th in the field.
CSU's 4000m distance medley relay team was disqualified.
Charleston Southern closes out the Big South Indoor Championships tomorrow afternoon. Field events start with the men's high jump at 1 p.m., while track events begin with the men's one mile run at 2:10 p.m.