CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston Southern track and field teams will be splitting up this weekend as the Buccaneers will take part in the Georgia Tech Invitational and the Virginia Challenge.
A majority of the team will be in Atlanta, Ga. for the two-day event hosted by Georgia Tech on April 20-21 at the George C. Griffin Track & Field Facility. Sophomore distance runner Jeryck Wilson will make the trek to Charlottesville, Va. and the University of Virginia over the weekend for the Virginia Challenge.
The two meets are Charleston Southern's final events prior to final exams and one of the last two meet weekends prior to the 2018 Big South Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted on May 9-11 by High Point University.
The Bucs continue to post strong results in the 2018 outdoor season coming off their latest meet at the Charlotte Invitational. CSU boasted six top-three finishes overall at the Irwin Belk Track and Field Complex at Transamerica Stadium.
Fearghal Curtin (1500m race) and JP Caglione (men's hammer throw) paced CSU's efforts on the first day of the event hosted by UNC Charlotte. Niegel Simmons, Timothy Davis, Jasmine Pilgrim, and Matt Inman, were all among the tops in the field in the 200m dash, the long jump, the triple jump, and the men's 5000m race to highlight Charleston Southern's final day.
Curtin continued a strong spring campaign with a third-place finish in the men's 1500m race. He crossed the line in 3:51.49 to lead four Bucs in the event.
JP Caglione impressed in his first event of the Charlotte Invitational as the sophomore thrower placed second overall in the men's hammer throw to lead four Bucs in the field. Caglione was one of two athletes to clear 50-meters on the day with his throw of 53.61m putting him behind only Gardner-Webb's Jordan Smith (54.82m). Caglione shattered his previous mark of 51.77m set at the Florida Relays and was the fifth-longest throw in CSU history.
Niegel Simmons was back among the leaders in the men's long jump event as the sophomore placed second overall in the field to pace the Bucs. He reached 7.26m to lead CSU.
Timothy Davis also placed among the top leaders in the field in the men's triple jump. The sophomore reached 14.44m to pace the Bucs and finish second overall in the event.
Jasmine Pilgrim led three Bucs in the women's 100m dash event at the Charlotte Invitational. The senior sprinter placed fourth in the event with a time of 12.01 and then was in the top three in the women's 200m dash with a time of 24.60 to take third in the field.
Matt Inman paced the Bucs in the men's 5000m race with the freshman finishing third overall with a time of 15:40.68.
The Bucs will also have a small contingent of athletes competing at the USC Open hosted in Columbia, S.C. this weekend.