HIGH POINT, N.C. - Clarence Moss and Niegel Simmons were both on the podium on the first day of the 2018 Big South Outdoor Track and Field Championships to pace Charleston Southern's efforts at Vert Stadium on Wednesday.
Moss took second place in the men's discus throw and Simmons finished second in the men's long jump to pace CSU's efforts on the day. CSU also utilized strong performances in the various sprint and hurdle preliminary rounds with multiple athletes advancing to Friday afternoon in nearly every event.
The Bucs are currently third overall in the men's standings through five completed events with 33 total points. On the women's side, CSU is seventh overall with seven points through four completed events.
Freshman Roy Hyman finished the first day of the men's decathlon in sixth place overall to lead the Bucs following the first five events. Hyman posted 2807 total combined points following the 100m dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, and 400m race.
Hyman was sixth in the field in the 100m dash with a time of 11.75. He followed up with a sixth-place finish in the long jump (5.79m), seventh in the shot put (9.05m), fourth in the high jump (1.71m), and fifth was in the 400m (55.40).
Caroline Edmondson and Shantel Ardley both recorded personal-bests in the women's 400m hurdle preliminary rounds to advance to Friday's finals. Edmondson finished second in the second heat and third overall with a time of 1:01.48, while Ardley was third in the heat and fourth overall in 1:02.22.
Josiah Scarlett turned in the best time in his collegiate career in the men's 400m hurdle preliminary round with the junior winning the first heat to take the automatic qualifier into Friday's finals. Scarlett's time of 53.52 was second-fastest on the day. Fellow junior Terik Johnson also advanced to the finals thanks to a season-best time of 57.26 to take the eighth spot in the field.
Jasmine Pilgrim's season-best time of 24.47 in the women's 200m dash paced three Buccaneers who advanced to Friday's championship. Pilgrim was second in the second heat and turned in the third-fastest qualifying time overall. Freshman Diamond Rush won the first heat and posted the fourth-fastest time with a personal-best 24.49, while Alexis Adams placed seventh with a time of 24.74.
Junior sprinter Justin Green led two Bucs who advanced to the men's 200m dash finals following his sixth-place finish in 21.71. Joshua Paramore also advanced following his time of 21.98 to take the final spot in the field. Vincent Johnson was 10th overall with a time of 22.16.
Niegel Simmons continues to make his mark as one of the top jumpers in the conference as the sophomore finished on the podium in the men's long jump. Simmons was one of two Big South athletes to clear seven meters on the day with his first jump at 7.22m putting him second overall in the field. Timothy Davis (6.58m, 10th) and Frankie Thomas (6.45m, 11th) also were in contention for the Bucs.
Tamara Damjanovic was CSU's top finisher in the women's long jump. The freshman reached 5.10m on her third attempt to place 11th in the field.
Madison McCoy made her final throw in the women's discus her best effort of the morning to finish fifth overall in the event to open the Big South Outdoor Championships. The sophomore cleared 42.04m on her sixth attempt to record CSU's top finish in the event. Fellow sophomore Milan Williams placed eighth after clean marks on all six attempts, including 40.25m on her final attempt.
Clarence Moss continued his strong sophomore campaign as the Bucs' top discus thrower this season in earning CSU's first podium finish of the weekend. His third throw, a personal-best 44.97m, put him second overall in the field. JP Caglione and Seth Wolfe were also in the top five in the event with Caglione reaching 43.28m on his fourth attempt to place fourth, while Wolfe's first attempt at 42.79m was fifth-best on the day. Ryan Spiecha rounded out the group in ninth with 40.83m.
Moss and Roy Hyman were both in the top 10 in the men's javelin throw. Moss was seventh in the field with a throw of 35.45m, while Hyman was ninth overall with 32.07m.
Haley Newell took on the field in the women's javelin throw. The freshman reached clean marks on two of her three attempts with her final throw of 26.07m putting her 12th overall in the field.
Lydia Frierson and Taylor Barnes took on the field in the women's 10000m race to wrap up the final women's competition of the first day. Frierson placed seventh in the field with a time of 38:39.26 in her first 10k of her collegiate career. Barnes was 11th in the field in 42:51.12.
Jeryck Wilson paced three Bucs in the top 10 in the men's 10000m race in the final event of the day. The sophomore ran with the pack leaders early in the competition before falling back to finish fourth overall in the field with a time of 31:31.46. Adam Huff placed eighth overall in 32:38.41, while Matt Inman was ninth in 33:11.87.
Thursday Schedule – Women
11 a.m. – High Jump – Caroline Edmondson, Victoria Gibson
4 p.m. – Shot Put – Alexus Foreman, Madison McCoy, Milan Williams
4 p.m. – 100m hurdles preliminaries – Shantel Ardley, Caroline Edmondson
4:45 p.m. – 400m preliminaries – Alexis Adams,
5:30 p.m. – Pole Vault
5:30 p.m. – 100m preliminaries – Jasmine Pilgrim, Diamond Rush
6 p.m. – 800m preliminaries – Rebecca Cadet, Traci Drayton, Javenique McDowell, Georgina Russell
6:35 p.m. – 3000m steeplechase
Thursday Schedule – Men
Decathlon – Roy Hyman
Noon – 110m hurdles
12:45 p.m. – Discus
1:50 p.m. – Pole Vault
4:00 p.m. – Javelin
5:15 p.m. – 1500m
1 p.m. – Shot Put – JP Caglione, Clarence Moss, Ryan Spiecha, Seth Wolfe
4:15 p.m. – 110m hurdles preliminaries – Vincent Johnson
5 p.m. – 400m preliminaries – Justin Green
5:45 p.m. – 100m preliminaries – James Allen, Joshua Paramore
6:20 p.m. – 800m preliminaries – Andrew Akright, Joshua Bowers, Keith Terry, Brandon Damon
6:55 p.m. – 3000m steeplechase final – Hayden Alexander, Trevor Dominy