Three school records and multiple championships highlight CSU performance at the VMI Team Challenge

Three school records and multiple championships highlight CSU performance at the VMI Team Challenge

LEXINGTON, Va. - Charleston Southern established new Buccaneer records in the men's 60m hurdles, the men's mile, and the men's shot put to pace CSU at the VMI Team Challenge on Saturday. CSU also topped the field in the men's 800m, the men's high jump, and the men's 4000m DMR to continue the early success in the indoor season.

Vincent Johnson topped the field in the men's 60m hurdles to record the individual championship. The sophomore placed third in the preliminary round with a time of 8.28, and then shaved .16 off his time to set a CSU record with a time of 8.12 to lead the field.

Less than two weeks after fellow freshman Jaymee Domoney set the CSU record in the men's mile run, Fearghal Curtin lowered the mark as well. The Cork, Ireland native topped the field in the event and crossed the line in 4:11.70 to surpass Domoney's mark of 4:14.70 set at the Commodore Invitational. Jeryk Wilson placed fourth in men's mile with a time of 4:15.49, while Andrew Akright was seventh with a time of 4:18.67.

Ryan Spiecha and JP Caglione both surpassed the school record in the men's shot put event. Spiecha shattered his mark set two weeks ago at the Commodore Invitational (15.74m) with a massive throw of 16.51m in his third attempt of the day to pace the field. Caglione added a personal best of 15.90m on his final throw to place third in the field.

Jaymee Domoney turned in the second-fastest time in CSU history in the men's 800m race to top the event on Saturday afternoon. Domoney crossed the line in 1:54.81 to win the event, with his time falling short of Kuaniyal Chol's mark of 1:53.73 set in 2014 at the Armory Invitational.

Frankie Thomas brought home another CSU championship in the men's high jump. The sophomore cleared 1.95m in his first attempt on his way to topping the field.

Domoney, Green, Akright, and Curtin continued the Bucs' success in the men's 4000m distance medley relay as the quartet topped the field with a time of 10:20.29. The mark was the second-fastest in CSU history, trailing only behind the record-setting pace established two weeks ago at the Commodore Invitational.

Timothy Davis was on the podium for the Bucs in the men's long jump. The sophomore finished third in the field with a jump of 7.02m, achieving the mark in his fifth attempt. Frankie Thomas was sixth in the field with a jump of 6.75m.

Davis was back on the podium again in the men's triple jump. The sophomore achieved 14.68m on his sixth and final jump to place second in the field.

Diamond Rush and Jasmine Pilgrim placed 1-2 in the preliminaries of the women's 60m dash with Rush crossing the line in 7.67, while Pilgrim finished close behind at 7.75. Pilgrim carried the momentum in the afternoon finals as the senior placed second overall in the field with a time of 7.74. Rush was fourth in the finals with a time of 7.78. Kaitlyn Pierce (8.20, 12th) and Tamara Damjanovic (8.25, 13th) also competed in the women's 60m preliminary rounds.

Damjanovic earned her first podium finish of the season in the women's triple jump. The freshman cleared 11.50m in her second attempt to place second in the event. Victoria Gibson was sixth in the field with a jump of 10.86m.

Milan Williams added to CSU's podium finishes as the sophomore placed second in the women's weight throw. Williams achieved 16.29m in her third attempt of the event to lead the Bucs. Madison McCoy finished seventh with a throw of 14.80m, while Alexus Foreman was 11th with a throw of 13.08m.

Alexus Foreman was on the podium for CSU in the women's shot put with the sophomore achieving 13.55m on her fourth attempt to place second in the field. Williams was 11th overall with a throw of 11.93m, while McCoy placed 15th with a throw of 11.03m. Edmondson placed 19th overall with a throw of 10.03m.

The women's (A) team of Ardley, Adams, Pilgrim, and Damjanovic placed second in the field in the women's 4x400m relay. The quartet crossed the line in 4:07.48 to finish behind Western Carolina's (A) squad (3:55.45).

JP Caglione led the Bucs in the men's weight throw. The sophomore narrowly missed a podium finish placing fourth with a throw of 16.89m. His throw was the third longest all-time in the CSU indoor track and field record books and came in his sixth and final attempt. Ryan Spiecha placed 10th overall in the field with a throw of 14.69m, while Clarence Moss was 14th with a throw of 12.44m.

Joshua Paramore placed fourth overall in the men's 60m dash finals to narrowly miss out on the podium. The senior crossed the line in 7.01, after running 7.06 (5th) in the preliminary rounds. Justin Green (7.19, 9th) and Davion Pressley (7.30, 14th) also took on the field in the men's 60m dash.

Caroline Edmondson turned in the sixth fastest time in school history in the women's 60m hurdles to place second in the event. The sophomore crossed the line in 8.78 to podium in the event after finishing with a 9.02 in the preliminary rounds. Shantel Ardley was 14th in the preliminaries with a time of 10.45.

Victoria Gibson led the Bucs in the women's long jump event, placing 12th overall with a distance of 5.05m.

Alexis Adams represented the Bucs in the women's 400m race as the junior placed sixth in the field with a time of 1:00.90.

Josiah Scarlett led the Bucs in the men's 400m race. The junior placed ninth in the field with a time of 51.03.

Javenique McDowell led the Bucs in the women's 800m race. The freshman crossed the line in 2:29.75 to finish eighth in the event.

Joshua Bowers was eighth in the field with a time of 1:58.34, while Brandon Damon (2:01.45, 14th) and Keith Terry (2:03.19, 17th) rounded out the group.

Pilgrim was fifth in the women's 200m dash as the senior crossed the line in 25.69 to lead the Bucs. Adams was two places back in seventh with a time of 26.04.

Justin Green narrowly missed another CSU podium finish as the sophomore placed fourth in the men's 200m dash. Green crossed the line in 22.50 to lead three Bucs in the event. Paramore was sixth with a time of 22.76, while Pressley was 17th overall with a time of 23.39.

Edmondson and Gibson competed for the Bucs in the women's high jump with Edmondson clearing 1.55m to place sixth in the field, while Gibson cleared 1.50 on her first attempt to place 10th.

Lydia Frierson led the Bucs in the women's 3000m race in her first competition with the Buccaneers. Frierson crossed the line in 10:55.74 to place ninth in the field. Taylor Barnes was 13th with a time of 11:10.85, while Bethany Thornhill crossed in 11:21.17 to place 15th.

Matt Inman paced the Bucs in the men's 3000m race as the freshman led the way with a time of 8:51.02 to place seventh in the field.  Adam Huff and Hayden Alexander finished 13th and 14th respectively with times of 9:09.41 and 9:13.48.

The men's (A) team took on the field in the 4x400m relay. The quartet of Scarlett, Johnson, Terry, and Paramore placed seventh with a time of 3:31.86.

Charleston Southern continues the 2018 indoor track and field season on February 9-10 at the Liberty Elite Invitational held in Lynchburg, Va. The two-day event will take place at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex.

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