CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern readies itself for its third appearance at the JDL Fast Track this weekend as the Buccaneers compete in the 2017 Big South Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships. The Buccaneers will take on the rest of the conference field on February 25-26 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The two-day event begins with the pentathlon at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning and ends with the 1600m relay at 4:35 p.m. on Sunday. The team awards ceremony will conclude the event at 5 p.m. on Sunday evening.
JDL is a familiar surface for the Bucs with CSU competing in the Wake Forest Invitational held on January 21 and the Camel City Invitational on February 3-4. JDL will also host the Big South Indoor Championships on February 25-26.
The dedicated indoor track and field facility, which opened in January 2012, houses a 200-meter oval track with a Mondotrack FTX surface—the same surface that was used at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Field event areas include two pole vault runways, two long/triple jump runways, one high jump apron and one throws area.
CSU features a number of athletes that sit among the Big South leaders in their respective events on the indoor season paced by sophomore sprinter Joshua Paramore's No. 1 ranking in the 60m dash. Paramore recorded the top time in the conference at the Wake Forest Invitational crossing the line in 6.94.
Paramore is also ranked in the top five in the 200m dash event as well with a 22.26 time recorded at the Clemson Indoor Invitational.
Freshman hurdler Vincent Johnson recorded the second-fastest time in the Big South in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.17 at the Clemson Indoor Invitational.
Frankie Thomas and Niegel Simmons have paced CSU's jumpers on the season and their efforts have also placed them among the tops in the conference in the regular season. Thomas' high jump of 2.05m at the Clemson Indoor Invitational was the third-highest jump of the season. Simmons recorded the third-longest long jump of the season at 7.13m at the Liberty Elite Invitational.
Ryan Spiecha and Jacob Moore paced CSU's throwers on the season with Spiecha recorded the third-longest throw in the shot put event at the Clemson Last Chance Invitational this past weekend with a throw of 15.54m. Moore is ranked second in the weight throw event with a long toss of 16.08m set at the Liberty Elite Invitational.
Charleston Southern's distance medley team also has a chance to podium at the conference meet after turning in the fourth-best time of the season at 10:30.49 at the Wake Forest Invitational.