CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern's women's track and field team sits in fourth after day two, but will have plenty of chances to score points on championship Saturday of the 2010 Big South Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
After winning the open long jump competition yesterday, Patria Norman failed to get a countable mark in during the long jump portion of the heptathlon, dropping her from first to sixth in the overall standings. She would rebound in the javelin and 800 meter events to finish fifth with 3,994 points. Her misfortune benefited teammate Channell Futrell, who used a strong, second-place finish in the 800 meter run to move up to third, earning all-conference honors.
Gabrielle Houston and Jessica Thomas finished in the top three of their heat to automatically qualify for the finals. Houston's time of 11.53 beat the Big South meet record, but was the second-best time of the day as she was edged out by Ikeiylah Brown of Coastal Carolina.
Houston and Thomas also qualified for the finals in the 200m dash, again finishing in the top of their heat with times of 23.65 and 24.49, respectively. Houston again had the second-best time of the day, 0.02 seconds behind Brown.
Susanna Mckee improved her season best in the 800m run to 2:29.09 to finish sixth in her heat, while Adrienne Cuff ran 2:27.01 in her first 800m race of the season to finish seventh in her heat.
Norman took a break from the heptathlon to participate in the 100m hurdles and shot put events, making the finals in both events. Norman finished second in her heat of the hurdles, posting the third fastest time of the day at 14.16, her best time of the season by 0.5 seconds. Futrell just missed the finals of the event with a time of 15.17 seconds.
Amerikorie Odey won her heat of the 400m hurdles and put up the second-best time of the day to earn a spot in Saturday's finals.
In the high jump, Sequoya Casey cleared 1.56m to finish 11th overall.
Possibly the best performance of the day was in the shot put, where freshman Kori Penick earned all-conference honors with a third-place throw after joining the team three weeks ago following the basketball season. Penick won her flight with a 12.68m mark, while Tia Habersham was third in the flight at 10.99m. Norman finish fourth in the other section with a distance of 12.54m and Breeann Guerra was ninth at 10.94m.
The final day of competition will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 17. The event is free and open to the public.