CHARLESTON, S.C. - It's been a long time coming, but Charleston Southern's men's indoor track and field season starts this weekend on Saturday, January 12, at the Clemson Orange & Purple Open.
The Buccaneers are one of 12 teams taking part in the one-day event held at the Clemson University Indoor Track facility. The Bucs will be joined by host Clemson, Alabama State, Campbell, CSU, Charlotte, Emmanuel, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Limestone, North Florida, and North Greenville.
The men's field Events Begin at 10 a.m. for the men with the high jump and the weight throw starting at 10 a.m. The field events will conclude with the men's triple jump at 5 pm..
The men's track events start with the 5000-meter run set at 12:45 p.m. The final track event is set for 6:50 p.m. with the men's 4x400-meter relay.
Results for the one-day event can be found at AdkinsTrack Timing Associates with the link to be found here - http://adkins.trackscoreboard.com/#/results
Charleston Southern's men's indoor track and field team enters the season with high hopes after finishing third last year at the Big South Indoor Championships. Podium finishes in multiple events including the shot put, 5000m, high jump, 60m hurdles, weight throw, triple jump, 3000m, and 4x400m relay paced the Buccaneers at last year's championships.
The Buccaneers were picked third in the Big South's annual indoor preseason poll as voted on by the league's head coaches. CSU received 37 points to finish behind Big South newcomer Hampton (38 points, 1 first place) and preseason favorite Campbell (48 points, 6 first place).
Among CSU's key returners to the team this year include junior throwers JP Caglione, Ryan Spiecha, and Clarence Moss, jumpers Niegel Simmons, Frankie Thomas, and Timothy Davis, hurdler Vincent Johnson, sprinter Joshua Paramore, and distance runner Jeryck Wilson.
The trio of Caglione, Spiecha, and Moss have steadily grown into one of the deepest groups of throwers in CSU history. Caglione finished on the podium at the conference championships in both the indoor and outdoor seasons, while Spiecha dots the top of the record books in multiple categories over his last two years with the Bucs. Moss made strides during the outdoor season to earn a podium finish in the discus throw and, with Seth Wolfe, will have the Bucs in the hunt in multiple events this season.
Simmons (long jump), Thomas (high jump) and Davis (triple jump) have all excelled in their events over the last two seasons. Simmons cleared 7.22m last year at the outdoor championships and took home the Big South Indoor long jump title as a freshman. Thomas finished second in the high jump last season at the conference championships and is a constant threat to clear 2.00m. Davis recorded the third-longest mark in CSU history in the triple jump last season at the conference meet, reaching 14.85m to place second in the field last season.
Johnson set the CSU record in the men's 60m hurdles event last season at the VMI Team Challenge and won the 110m hurdles at the outdoor championships. The junior looks to ride the momentum from last season and post another strong season starting this weekend at Clemson.
Paramore looks to wrap up a storied career in his final season with the Buccaneers. One of four seniors on the roster, the Apopka, Fla. native has constantly been among the conference's best sprinters – earning Big South's fastest man honors at the 2017 conference outdoor championships.
Wilson headlines a deep distance corps for Coach Stintzi and looks to continue a strong track campaign that included finishing among the conference leaders at both the 2018 Big South indoor and outdoor meets.
Clemson track and field opened its new $3.6 million dollar indoor track facility in December of 2003. The track is located adjacent to the Rock Norman Outdoor Track Complex. The new indoor facility contains a 200m Mondo track with an eight lane (44″) straightaway and a six-lane oval with a 73-foot radius. In the infield, the facility features one high jump apron, two pole vault runways and two long and triple jump runways. A permanent throwing cage is located outside the track for the weight throw and shot put. The facility also includes an athletic training room, seating for 1,800 spectators, restroom and concession facilities. The mezzanine level serves as home to the Tigers' FinishLynx timing system, public address system, sports information, and media work area.
The facility served as the site of the 2004 and 2007 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Charleston Southern continues the 2019 indoor season next weekend at the Gamecock Invitational hosted by the University of South Carolina. The two-day event is set to run on January 18-19 in Columbia, S.C.