CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern will have a friendly venue for the 2017 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships as the Buccaneers host the field at the Bagwell-Settle Track on May 10-12 at the Whitfield Stadium Center.
The Big South Championship will be the fourth outdoor meet held on the Bagwell-Settle Track this season as the Bucs previously hosted the CSU Spring Break Invitational, the Lowcountry Invitational, and the CSU-Citadel Tune-Up. CSU last hosted the Big South Championship in 2010.
Tickets for the three-day event are available and on sale now and at the gates. A one-day ticket for the event is $7, while a two-day event ticket is on sale for $12. A full event ticket is on sale for $15.
Concessions will also be sold at the Bagwell-Settle Track throughout the duration of the track meet.
Charleston Southern brings a deep sprinting corps and a strong stable of throwers to the meet as the Bucs look to continue a strong season under first-year Director of Track Jim Stinzti and Head Coach Soyini Thompson.
Jasmine Pilgrim turned in the top time in the conference standings in the women's 100m dash as the junior sprinter enters the meet with a conference-best time of 11.72 seconds recorded at the CSU Spring Break Invitational. TeJyrica Robinson (12.10, 8th) and Aluntrea Davis (12.11, 9th) both finished in the top 10 on the season in the event.
Senior Kolisha Coleman led the Bucs in the women's 200m dash with a season-best time of 24.21 set at the USC Open. It was the second-fastest time in the conference in the 2017 season behind only Campbell's Janai Scott (23.95). Davis was also among CSU's top finishers on the season with a time of 24.63 to place fifth in the conference, while Pilgrim placed eighth with a time of 24.85.
Danielle Burnett has also been among the conference's top finishers in the women's 400m dash on the season. The senior sprinter recorded a top time of 54.99 at the Florida Relays for the third-fastest time recorded in the Big South this season. Coleman recorded the seventh-fastest time at the Weems Baskin Invitational with a time of 56.88 while Alexis Adams recorded the 10th-fastest time at the USC Open (57.61).
Freshman Caroline Edmondson recorded the top time for the Bucs in the women's 800m run and 22nd-fastest time in the conference on the 2017 season at the North Florida Invitational. Edmondson crossed the line with a time of 2:23.66 for her top result of the season.
Emma-Lisa Murphy has been CSU's top distance runner of the season placing 12th overall in the Big South standings in the 1500m race. She recorded her top time of the season at the Weems Baskin Invitational after crossing the line in 4:46.00.
Robinson led the Bucs on the season in the women's 100m hurdles event. The freshman took the title at the CSU Spring Break Invitational but recorded her top time of the season at the USC Open crossing the line in 13.93. She enters the conference championships with the second-fastest time of the season behind Campbell's Lilla Juhasz (13.56).
Destinie Little and Edmondson finished 10th and 11th in the Big South regular season standings in the 400m hurdles on the year. Little recorded her best time of 1:05.20 at the North Florida Invitational, while Edmondson's top time of 1:05.52 came at the USC Open.
Murphy and fellow senior Maddie Burkholder both finished in the top 10 in the Big South in the 3000m steeplechase on the year. Murphy enters the conference championships with the sixth-best time in the Big South on the year with a time of 11:46.35 on the season. Burkholder's top time of 12:10.94 was ninth-best in the conference.
Just three-hundredths of a second split the difference between the top two teams in the women's 4x100m relay event in the 2017 season. Campbell holds the top time of the season with a time of 46.11 that came at the Campbell Invitational. CSU nearly topped the mark the following day at the North Florida Invitational with the Bucs crossing the line in 46.14.
The Bucs 4x400m relay team recorded the third-fastest time in the 2017 season at the Florida Relays on March 30. CSU crossed the line in 3:51.08 to finish behind Liberty (3:40.32) and Campbell (3:47.38) in the regular season standings.
Edmondson showcased her versatility on the track by also taking on the field in the women's high jump. The freshman tied for the 10th-best jump of the season by clearing 1.54m at the CSU-Citadel Tune-Up in her final meet leading into the Big South Championship.
Victoria Gibson led three Bucs in the top 10 in the Big South in the women's triple jump event on the season. Gibson recorded the fourth-longest jump of the season at the CSU Spring Break Invitational with a distance of 11.47m. Senior Demisha Norman recorded the seventh-longest jump of the season at the North Florida Invitational (11.22m), while sophomore Anaia Hood was eighth in the conference with a jump of 11.13m at the CSU Spring Break Invitational.
Three Bucs sat among the conference leaders in the women's shot put event in 2017 paced by freshman Alexus Foreman's throw of 13.35m at the Lowcountry Invitational. It was the third-best throw of the year in the conference and led the Bucs on the season. Freshman Briana Sims had the sixth-longest throw of the year with a toss of 12.47m, while fellow freshman Milan Williams had the eighth-longest throw of 12.20m at the CSU-Citadel Tune-Up.
Madison McCoy, Williams, Sims, and Foreman all finished in the top 10 in the Big South in the women's discus event for the 2017 season. McCoy's throw of 43.64m at the High Point VertKlasse Meeting was the third-longest of the season, while Williams placed fifth with a throw of 41.62m at the CSU Spring Break Invitational. Sims (38.56m) and Foreman (38.45m) placed eighth and ninth in the conference standings.
Williams paced the Bucs in the women's hammer event. The freshman recorded a season-best 52.35m at the USC Open for the sixth-longest throw of the 2017 season.