CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern is back in action this weekend on Friday and Saturday at the fourth annual Commodore Invitational at the Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility.
The Bucs join 13 other schools for the two-day event that begins on Friday and runs through Saturday. The field features Auburn, Austin Peay, Belmont, CSU, Florida, Georgia Tech, Lipscomb, Middle Tennessee, Murray State, South Alabama, Tennessee Tech, Trevecca, Vanderbilt and UTEP.
CSU enters the weekend with three of the four reigning Big South Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week courtesy of their performances at the Clemson Orange and Purple. Ryan Spiecha, Jeryck Wilson, and Diamond Rush were all named Big South Conference Indoor Track and Field athletes of the week following their performances this past weekend at the Clemson Orange and Purple.
Spiecha earned men's indoor field athlete of the week honors after leading four Bucs in the men's shot put event, placing fifth overall in the field with a distance of 15.41m. He added a 10th place result in the men's weight throw with a distance of 14.39m.
Wilson earned men's indoor track athlete of the week honors after finishing second among collegiate runners and fourth overall in the field in the men's 3000m run. Wilson crossed the line in 8:32.70 to lead the Bucs in the event.
Rush earned women's indoor track athlete of the week honors after leading the Bucs in her first collegiate action. The freshman paced CSU in the women's 60m dash preliminaries, finishing 15th in the field with a time of 7.77.
Milan Williams added a podium finish in the women's weight throw event, while Alexus Foreman was top 10 in the weight throw. Brandon Damon was 10th overall in the men's 800m run, while freshmen Matt Inman and Adam Huff were both in the top 10 in the men's 5000m run. Frankie Thomas was fourth overall in the men's high jump, while Timothy Davis was 10th in the triple jump.
Starting Friday at 4 p.m., the Commodore Invitational opens with several field events, including the men's and women's high jump, long jump and weight throw. Running events including the men's and women's 200-meter dash, distance medley and 5,000-meter run start at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, seven hours of competition starts at 10 a.m. Running events include the 60 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, mile run, 3,000 meters, 60-meter hurdles and 4x400-meter relay. Field events include the men's and women's shot put and triple jump, and women's pole vault.
Admission to the Commodore Invitational is $7.