CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern took top honors in the men's 1500m race, the women's 200m dash, the women's 400m hurdles, and the men's long jump to highlight the first day of the CSU Spring Break Invitational at the Bagwell-Settle Track on Friday.
Fearghal Curtin turned in the second-fastest time in CSU history in the men's 1500m race to highlight the evening's distance carnival, while the Bucs swept all three top slots in the women's 200m dash to highlight the sprint events. Nina Massie outpaced the field in the women's 400m hurdles and Niegel Simmons topped the collegiate field in the men's long jump to start off the outdoor season strong.
CSU and the rest of the field close out the CSU Spring Break Invitational tomorrow morning with the men's discus beginning action starting at 9 a.m. The women's 4x100m relay opens up track events starting at 12:30 p.m.
Caroline Edmondson took the opening win in the women's 100m hurdle event and her time carried through as the sophomore earned the top spot in Saturday's finals. Edmondson crossed the line in 14.56 seconds to pace the event. Victoria Gibson also earned a spot in Saturday's finals with a seventh place result in the event. The sophomore finished fourth in the first round with a time of 15.89.
Vincent Johnson advanced to Saturday's finals in the men's 110m hurdles placing third in the second heat and third overall on the day. Johnson crossed the line in 14.70 to lead the Bucs in the event. Roy Hyman was 13th overall in the field with a time of 16.58.
Diamond Rush and Jasmine Pilgrim finished in the top three, while Shantel Ardley took sixth overall as the Bucs' trio all qualified for Saturday's finals in the women's 100m dash. Rush paced the field with a time of 12.05 in the third heat to earn the top overall seed. Pilgrim won the fourth heat with a time of 12.28 to place third, while Ardley was second in Rush's heat with a time of 12.43 to take the sixth-best time on the afternoon. Tamara Damjanovic was 14th in the field with a time of 12.88, while Kaitlyn Pierce was 19th with a time of 13.09 to finish in a deep field.
Niegel Simmons finished just outside the top eight in the men's 100m dash to lead a pair of Bucs in the event. Simmons was ninth in the field with a time of 11.35, while Daivon Pressley finished one spot back with a time of 11.36.
Josiah Scarlett and Trayvon Harris led the Bucs in the men's 400m race. Scarlett earned the top three finish placing third in the field with a time of 50.77. Harris was 10th overall with a time of 54.41.
Nina Massie dominated the women's 400m hurdles field with the sophomore topping her opponents by nearly six seconds. Massie crossed the line in 1:11.93 to win the event.
Terik Johnson was second overall in the men's 400m hurdles event on Friday afternoon. Johnson finished 2.45 behind Benedict's NaQuan Adams to finish with a time of 58.45.
Diamond Rush, Jasmine Pilgrim, and Alexis Adams swept the top three spots in the women's 200m dash finals on Friday afternoon to cap CSU's sprint efforts on the first day. Rush won the second heat with a time of 24.58 to pace the field. Pilgrim won the first heat to take second overall with a time of 24.59, while Adams was second in the first heat and third overall with a time of 25.00.
Caroline Edmondson won the third heat of the 200m finals to place 10th in the field with a time of 25.78. Kaitlyn Pierce was 16th overall with a time of 26.70.
Vincent Johnson, Justin Green, and Daivon Pressley closed out CSU's sprint efforts on Friday afternoon. Johnson placed seventh overall in the field with a time of 22.13. Green was ninth in 22.29, while Pressley took 19th with a time of 22.79.
Niegel Simmons opened the 2018 outdoor season with a strong performance in the men's long jump as the sophomore topped the collegiate field in the event with a 7.23m jump in his first attempt of the day. Timothy Davis placed fourth overall with his fourth attempt of the afternoon standing at 7.00m. Frankie Thomas also finished in the top eight with a sixth place result after clearing 6.61m on his first jump of the day.
Tamara Damjanovic and Victoria Gibson both placed in the top 10 in the women's long jump to help CSU in the event. Damjanovic recorded clean jumps on all six attempts with her fifth one going for 5.14m to put her fourth in the field. Gibson placed seventh overall with her second jump landing at 4.87m.
JP Caglione led the Bucs in the men's hammer throw event as the sophomore opened the outdoor season strong. Caglione connected on a 50.94m throw on his fourth attempt to place second overall in the field. He was one of two athletes to eclipse the 50m mark on the afternoon and his throw was the eighth-longest in CSU history.
Ryan Spiecha was third in the event with back-to-back throws of 48.20m on his final two attempts. Seth Wolfe took fifth with a throw of 41.73m on his second throw, while Clarence Moss was seventh with a throw of 40.92m in his fifth attempt of the day.
Haley Newell, Caroline Edmondson, and Victoria Gibson took on the field in the women's javelin event. Newell was 10th in the field with a throw of 28.25m, while Edmondson finished two places back in 12th with a throw of 24.48m. Gibson was 14th with a throw of 23.28m.
Milan Williams, Madison McCoy, and Alexus Foreman all finished in the top six in the women's hammer throw. Williams placed second in the field with a throw of 52.86m in her second attempt of the day. McCoy was fifth in the field with a throw of 41.56m in her third attempt of the day, while Foreman placed sixth overall with a throw of 45.53m in her fourth attempt.
Trevor Dominy led a majority of the men's 3000m steeplechase to help kickoff the night's Distance Carnival at the Bagwell-Settle Track. The CSU freshman placed second in the event overall with a time of 9:59.40 to lead the Bucs in the event.
Lydia Frierson led a trio of Bucs that finished in the top 12 in the women's 1500m race on the evening to help pace CSU's efforts in the distance events. Frierson finished ninth overall in the field with a time of 5:07.66 in her first outdoor competition with the Bucs' track & field programs. Bethany Thornhill beat out teammate Javenique McDowell for 10th in the field with a time of 5:10.63, while McDowell placed 11th in 5:10.91. Taylor Barnes was 16th overall for CSU with a time of 5:30.32.
Fearghal Curtin kept up a pace that would not be touched from the start of the race as the freshman topped the field in the men's 1500m race. Curtin blistered the field with a time of 3:50.05 to take the individual title. His time was the second-fastest in CSU history trailing only Glen Gorton's time of 3:43.39 set back in 1985 at the Gatorade Classic in Knoxville, Tenn.
Teammate Jeryck Wilson was second in the field with a sub-four minute race crossing the line in 3:58.62. Joshua Bowes was fifth overall with a time of 4:06.85, while Matt Inman was three places back in 4:10.37. Adam Huff placed 10th overall in the field with a time of 4:12.33, while Kyle Morrell (4:15.74, 12th) and Hayden Alexander (4:19.27, 13th) also finished with top times on the day.