CLEMSON, S.C. - Four titles and nine top-three finishes overall highlighted Charleston Southern's opening meet of the season as the Buccaneers took on the field at the Clemson Orange & Purple Open on Saturday.
Freshman Eden Senior highlighted her first collegiate meet taking home titles in both the women's 600m and the 4x400m relay to spark the Buccaneers, while Rebecca Cadet (800m) and Caroline Inman (3000m) also took home top honors in CSU's 2019 opener.
- Eden Senior – 600m (1:40.32)
- Rebecca Cadet – 800m (2:25.07)
- Caroline Inman – 3000m (10:25.70)
- Rhone Allen, Caroline Edmondson, Lauryn James, Eden Senior – Women's 4x400m relay (3:59.12)
- Milan Williams – Weight Throw (Third, 16.80m)
- Javenique McDowell – 800m (Second, 2:25.49)
- Caroline Edmondson – 60m hurdles (Third, 9.00)
- Lauryn James – 200m Dash (Third, 25.07)
- Makennah Mills – 3000m (Second, 10:39.73)
Caroline Edmondson and Shantel Ardley both breezed through the women's 60m hurdles preliminaries early in the afternoon. Edmondson finished third overall in 9.04, while Ardley was fifth in 9.21. The duo held their places in the finals with Edmondson finishing on the podium in 9.00 in third, while Ardley's time of 9.26 was good for fifth overall in the field.
Eden Senior made the most of her first collegiate indoor meet as the freshman topped the field in the women's 600m run. She crossed the line in 1:40.32 to take top honors in the event.
Freshmen Rhone' Allen and Chaneal Harris took on the field in the women's 60m dash preliminaries. Allen advanced to the finals after winning the first heat in 7.65. Harris was 13th overall in the opening round with a time of 7.96. Allen finished fourth overall in the finals, crossing in 7.65.
Rebecca Cadet and Javenique McDowell finished 1-2 for the Buccaneers in the women's 800m race. Cadet paced the field and outran her teammate to the finish line in 2:25.07. McDowell finished just behind in 2:25.49 to place second overall.
Lauryn James continued a trend of CSU finishing among the leaders on the afternoon as the freshman placed third overall in the women's 200m dash. James' time of 25.07 led the Bucs, while Shantel Ardley was sixth overall in 25.70.
The Bucs were on top of the podium in the women's 4x400m relay to wrap up the track events on the day. The quarter of Rhone' Allen, Caroline Edmondson, Lauryn James, and Eden Senior finished in 3:59.12 to take the title in the event.
Victoria Gibson was CSU's lone representative in the women's triple jump event. The junior reached 11.14m on her final attempt to place fifth overall in the field.
Milan Williams took on the field in the women's weight throw event. The junior athlete reached 16.80m on her first throw and the mark stood over her final five attempts to finish third overall in the field.
Williams again led the Bucs in the women's shot put event. She recorded clean attempts on five of her six throws with her final mark of 11.40m putting her seventh overall in the field.
Darrian Cole and Taylor Barnes finished back-to-back in fourth and fifth place in the women's 5000m race. Cole's time of 20:18.61 put the freshman just outside the top three in the event, while Barnes' 20:19.96 was good for fifth overall.
Caroline Inman took the lead on the seventh lap of the women's 3000m race and never looked back as the freshman ran away with the individual title as she topped the field in 10:25.70. Fellow freshman and teammate Makennah Mills finished second overall in 10:39.73, while Zanelle Willemse (11:08.31) placed fourth overall in a strong showing from the CSU distance squad. Grace Schvaneveldt make it four Bucs among the top nine in the event after finishing in 12:21.03.
The Buccaneers are back in action next weekend at the Gamecock Inaugural hosted by the University of South Carolina on January 18-19 at the Carolina Indoor Facility.