CHARLESTON, S.C. - Milan Williams paced Charleston Southern's quartet of freshman throwers to a strong performance on the first day of the 2017 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championship at the Bagwell-Settle Track. The Buccaneers are fourth overall in the team standings following the first day.
Williams put the Buccaneers on the podium for the first time at the Big South Championships with the freshman thrower leading a strong effort for CSU in the discus. The Bucs' freshman quartet took third, fourth, fifth, and sixth overall in the field to pace the conference in the event and give CSU the early team lead.
Liberty leads the team standings with 55 points following the first day's events. Campbell is second overall with 36 points, while High Point rounds out the top three with 26 points. CSU is fourth overall with 19 points, while Winthrop (11), Gardner-Webb (5), Radford (2) and UNC Asheville (2) round out the team standings on Wednesday.
Williams capped her freshman season with a throw of 41.72m to finish third overall in the field for the podium finish. Alexus Foreman placed fourth overall with a throw of 40.13m in her third attempt of the day. Briana Sims placed fifth in the field with a throw of 39.69m, while Madison McCoy placed sixth overall with a throw of 39.45m in her second attempt of the day.
Caroline Edmondson and Areale Frazier opened the day for the CSU women's track team competing in the women's heptathlon. The CSU duo took on the 14-strong field through the first four events of the day as the Bucs competed in the 100m hurdles, the high jump, the shot put, and the 200m dash. Edmondson finished the first day of competition with 2813 points overall to sit fourth in the competition. Frazier finished with 2495 points to sit 11th overall in the field.
Edmondson was the Bucs' top finisher in the women's 100m hurdles and won her heat with a time of 14.58 to sit fourth in the field in the event. Frazier finished third in the second heat and 10th overall in the field with a time of 15.65. Edmondson continued to remain among the leaders with a high jump of 1.50m, while Frazier cleared 1.32m in the event.
Frazier shined in the shot put with an event-best mark of 11.49m to lead the field. Edmondson finished with a distance of 9.67m in the event. The duo closed out the day in the 200m dash with Edmondson crossing in 26.13, while Frazier finished in 27.37.
Megan Newton led CSU's efforts in the javelin event as the freshman wrapped up her first year with the Bucs at the championship. Newton recorded her best throw of 31.45m in her second attempt of the day to finish 11th overall in the event.
Freshmen Shantel Ardley and Destinie Little took on the field in the women's 400m hurdles preliminaries in the evening. Ardley placed fourth in the first heat and 10th overall in the field with a time of 1:05.23. Little was fourth in the second heat and 12th overall in the field with a time of 1:06.18.
Senior Kolisha Coleman and junior Jasmine Pilgrim both advanced to Friday's 200m dash finals with strong performances in the preliminary rounds on Wednesday evening. Coleman won the third heat and recorded the second-fastest time of the day at 24.27 to lead the Bucs. Pilgrim earned her berth with the sixth-fastest time of the day at 24.59.
Freshman Alexis Adams just missed becoming the third Buccaneer to make the finals finishing with a time of 25.05 to place ninth. Senior Aluntrea Davis was 12th overall in the field with a time of 25.60.
The Buccaneers are back in action tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. with the women's heptathlon long jump. The throwers start at 4 p.m. with the hammer throw, while the sprinters take the field with the 100m hurdle trials at 4:55 p.m.