Buccaneer's women's indoor team heads to familiar territory with upcoming Clemson Orange & Purple Open

Buccaneer's women's indoor team heads to familiar territory with upcoming Clemson Orange & Purple Open

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Buccaneers head to a familiar place to open the 2019 indoor track and field season as Charleston Southern makes the trek to the Clemson Orange & Purple Open on Saturday, January 12. It marks the third consecutive season the Bucs start the indoor season at Clemson dating back to 2017.

The Field
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 women's field Events Begin at 10 a.m. with the pole vault and the long jump starting at 10 a.m. The field events will conclude with the women's shot put and high jump at 5 p.m.

The women's track events start with the 5000-meter run set at noon. The final track event is set for 6:30 p.m. with the women'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

Season Preview
Charleston Southern's women's indoor track and field team looks to continue making strides in the indoor rankings after finishing fifth last season at the conference championships. Podium finishes in the pentathlon, triple jump, 60m dash, and the weight throw paced the Bucs at last year's championships.

The Buccaneers were picked fourth in the annual indoor preseason poll as voted on by the league's head coaches. CSU received 57 points overall to finish behind High Point (72 points, two first place votes), Campbell (68 points, three first place votes) and Hampton (67 points, four first place votes).

Among CSU's key returners to the team this year include all-around athlete Caroline Edmondson, sprinter Diamond Rush, jumper Tamara Damjanovic, and thrower Milan Williams. The Bucs also bring a resurgent distance group to the field and a bevy of newcomers that will provide a strong presence in the 2019 season.

Edmondson has been an impact athlete for the CSU women's track and field team since her first competition in 2017. The junior finished second in the pentathlon last season at the conference's indoor championship finishing in the top five in four of the five events. She added one of the top hurdles finishes and high jump finishes in the conference outdoor championships. Edmondson's ability to produce in multiple events has been a boon to the Bucs and she will be counted on once again in sprints, relays, and jumps this season.

Rush was one of the top sprinters in the Big South in her freshman season. The Blythewood, S.C. native finished second in the Big South Indoor Championships in the 60m dash with a time of 7.62m and added a second-place finish in the women's 4x100m relay at the Big South Outdoor Championships. Rush looks to carry the mantle from CSU alum Jasmine Pilgrim who finished up her storied career as one of the conference's all-time great sprinters.

Damjanovic showcased her ability in the long jump and triple jump last season in her first year with the Buccaneers. The Serbian native took second in the Big South Indoor Championships last season in the triple jump following an 11.64m jump. She followed up finishing third in the same event at the conference's outdoor championships.

Williams has competed in all three throwing events with the Bucs over the last two seasons. The junior has been successful in the weight throw event after winning the Clemson Indoor Invitational as a freshman with a throw of 16.11m. Since then, the Suwanee, Ga. native added a second place finish in the weight throw at the Big South Indoor Championships last year. She will look to lead a youthful thrower group this season under the tutelage of Throwers Coach Brandon Blanton.

The distance crew, led by freshman Caroline Inman, will look to challenge High Point's success in the events this season. The Bucs boast a crew that finished third in the Big South Cross Country Championships with two players finishing in the top 10 at the conference meet.

The Bucs 2018-19 track and field team will include 11 freshmen newcomers that will look to compete in multiple events in the season.

The Facility
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.

Up Next
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.