NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A new CSU record by the men's 4000m distance medley relay and top-five finishes in the women's weight throw and the women's 5000m race highlighted Charleston Southern's first day at the Commodore Invitational hosted by Vanderbilt University at the Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility.
The Bucs' (A) team of Andrew Akright, Josiah Scarlett, Jeryck Wilson, and Jaymee Domoney placed second in the field in the men's 4000m distance medley relay for CSU's lone podium finish on the day. The quartet finished the race in 10:03.02, and in the process established a new CSU school record eclipsing the previous mark by nearly 20 seconds. The Bucs finished behind only Florida's (A) team (9:53.89) to take the silver ahead of Georgia Tech (B) (10:04.08).
Milan Williams connected on her best throw of the day on her sixth and final toss in the women's weight throw event to place fourth in the field. Her final throw went 15.02m to lead three Buccaneers in the event.
Taylor Barnes added a top-five finish in the women's 5000m race after missing the season opener Clemson Orange and Purple due to weather concerns and travel. The freshman distance star completed the race in 19:15.75 to lead the Bucs.
Caroline Edmondson led the Bucs in the women's long jump event on Friday afternoon. Edmondson cleared 1.58m after her first attempt but failed to clear the next level on her three attempts to finish tied for eighth overall in the field.
Alexus Foreman and Madison McCoy joined Williams in the women's weight throw event. Foreman placed eighth in the field with her fifth throw (12.60m) her strongest of the afternoon. McCoy fouled on her first three attempts of the event on her way to not receiving a mark.
Victoria Gibson just missed out on her first top 10 finish of the season with an 11th place result in the women's long jump. She reached 4.84m on her first attempt for her best mark of the day.
Ryan Spiecha placed eighth in the men's weight throw to lead CSU in the event. Spiecha achieved clean throws on five of his six attempts with his fourth sailing 14.32m for his best mark of the day. JP Caglione did not receive a mark in the event on his three attempts.
Jasmine Pilgrim led six Buccaneers in the women's 200m dash with a 13th place result in the deep field. Pilgrim crossed the line in 25.47 to lead the Bucs on the afternoon. Alexis Adams (26.46) and Edmondson (26.49) finished 26th and 27th respectively in the event, while Shantel Ardley crossed the line in 26.52 to place 29th. Kaitlyn Pierce finished second in her heat in 27.26 seconds to finish 36th overall.
Vincent Johnson won the fifth heat of the men's 200m dash on his way to placing sixth overall on the afternoon. The sophomore turned in a time of 22.29 to establish a new personal record to lead four Bucs in the event. Justin Green (22.83), Joshua Paramore (22.91), and Daivon Pressley (23.67) finished 13th, 15th, and 20th overall in the event.
Bethany Thornhill added a seventh-place finish in the women's 5000m race to close out the evening. The sophomore crossed the line in 20:05.64.
Charleston Southern and the rest of the field open competition at the Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility tomorrow morning with the women's shot put starting the action at 11 a.m. The men's first event, the triple jump, is set to begin at 1 p.m.