CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston Southern track and field team closes out the 2017 regular season this weekend at the USC Open on April 22nd. Field events start at 9 a.m., while the track events are scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
The Bucs will be joining a full field at Cregger Track as CSU will join Alabama State, Albany State, Allen, Barton, Belmont Abbey, Benedict, Bob Jones, Citadel, Claflin, Coker, College of Charleston, Columbia International, Emmanuel (Ga.), Florida A&M, Fort Valley State, Furman, Mars Hill, Morris, North Florida, Paine, Southern Connecticut State, USC Aiken, Southern Wesleyan, South Carolina, South Carolina State, Tennessee, USC Upstate, Voorhees and Wofford at the one day event.
CSU is coming off of their final event of the 2017 regular season as the Bucs hosted the Lowcountry Invitational this past weekend at the Bagwell-Settle Track.
On the men's side, Frankie Thomas, Ryan Spiecha, Jacob Moore, Timothy Davis and Niegel Simmons all took individual titles this past Saturday to lead CSU on the one-day event.
Thomas won the individual championship in the men's high jump. The freshman cleared 2.00m for the third straight event to lead the way on the day.
Simmons topped the field in the men's long jump with a distance of 7.16m. The CSU freshman was the lone athlete to clear seven meters, doing so in each of his first three jumps to pace the field.
Davis topped the field in the men's triple jump with a distance of 14.21m. The freshman achieved the mark on his sixth and final jump to win the event.
Ryan Spiecha out-distanced the field in the men's shot put with a throw of 15.55m. The lone competitor to clear 15 meters on the day, Spiecha topped the mark three times to lead the field.
Moore took the individual championship in the men's hammer throw with a distance of 49.16m.
On the women's side, Kolisha Coleman, Jasmine Pilgrim, Madison Burkholder, Danielle Burnett, TeJyrica Robinson, Caroline Edmondson, and both of the Bucs' relay teams took top honors in their respective events to lead CSU's efforts at the Lowcountry Invitational.
Kolisha Coleman took the individual title in the women's 100m dash to pace the Bucs in the event. The senior finished with a time of 12.24 to lead the field.
Jasmine Pilgrim took the title in the women's 400m dash with a time of 59.38.
Caroline Edmondson paced the field in the women's 400m hurdles with a time of 1:05.57.
Burkholder took the individual title in the women's 2000m steeplechase with a time of 7:57.26.
The Bucs' 4x100m relay and the 4x400m relay teams swept the events on the day. The 4x100m relay team of Robinson, Pilgrim, Davis, and Coleman finished with a time of 46.20 to win the event. The 4x400 team crossed the line in 4:04.17 led by Little, Ardley, Edmondson and Reed to take the title.