WTRACK Preview: Buccaneers hit the road for one-day VMI Team Challenge

WTRACK Preview: Buccaneers hit the road for one-day VMI Team Challenge

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern hits the road for the third time this weekend as the Buccaneers travel to the VMI Team Challenge on Saturday, January 26, at the Corps Physical Training Facility.

The women's track events start at noon with the 5000m run. The field events start with the shot put and the long jump both starting at 12:30 p.m.

Results for the one-day event can be found at SnapTiming.com with the link to the right - http://www.snaptiming.com/meets/vmiteamchallenge1-26-19/

Weekend Preview
Charleston Southern looks to continue early season success paced by contributions all across the roster. The Bucs posted six top-three finishes this past weekend at the Gamecock Inaugural with freshmen sprinters Lauryn James and Rhone' Allen both recording a pair of top results on the weekend.

James finished second in the 200m dash, while Allen was third overall in the same event. The duo were key contributors in the women's 1600m relay team that placed second overall in the field.

Eden Senior and Caroline Edmondson were also key contributors to the CSU relay squad and also have seen success this year in the 600m (Senior) and 60m hurdles (Edmondson). The duo is expected to be back among the leaders this weekend in Lexington.

Milan Williams has continued to excel in the women's weight throw recording her second top-three finish in the event this season. The junior athlete cleared a season-best 17.47m last weekend in Columbia, S.C. on her way to finishing third overall in the event.

Shantel Ardley made her debut in the top three this past weekend finishing third overall in the women's 60m hurdles event. The Tallahassee, Fla. native has continued to work hard and will be looking for another strong finish after crossing the line in 9:18 last weekend.

The Bucs will also be looking to continue their success in the distance events with freshmen Caroline Inman, Makennah Mills, and company boasting strong times this season.

The Facility
The Corps Physical Training Facility underwent recent renovations and opened formally in January 2017. The building is dual-purpose, as it is used for both track and field and general Corps of Cadets activities. The track is a hydraulic banked, 200-meter oval with two sprint straights and two long/triple jump and vault runways, located in the center of the oval. It is believed to be one of only six indoor tracks at the NCAA level with a 200-meter banked hydraulic oval, and one of only two (joining Liberty) with a Beynon-produced surface. There are also two high jump areas.

Two throwing cages are located at one end of the venue as well, and the entire facility is wired for video, scoreboard and music, enabling fans to easily follow the action at each venue without difficulty or excessive eye strain.  Above the main floor is a flat, 350-meter warm-up track that athletes can use during the meet to prepare for their events.

Up Next
Charleston Southern heads to the Lynchburg, Va. for the Liberty Elite Invitational hosted at the facility that will serve as the home of the 2019 Big South Track & Field Championships. The one-day event takes place on February 2 on the campus of Liberty University.

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