CHARLESTON, S.C. - Caroline Edmondson recorded the second-best performance in the heptathlon in Charleston Southern program history to highlight the Buccaneers' efforts on day two of the 2017 Big South Outdoor Championship at the Bagwell-Settle Track. The Bucs are fifth overall in the team standings heading into the final day with 31 total points through Thursday's events.
Edmondson was fourth overall in the heptathlon through the first four events on Wednesday and continued to keep pace with the field over Thursday's trio of events in the morning in the long jump, javelin, and 800m race. She finished the day with a 5.13m long jump, a 27.32m throw in the javelin, and a 2:26.51 in the 800m to finish with 4571 total points in fourth place. Her total was the second-best in program history, trailing only Patria Norman's mark of 4728 set back in 2010 at the Deacon Combined Events in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Liberty continues to lead the women's team standings heading into Friday's finale with 120 total points. High Point is second with 68 points, while Campbell is also on the podium with 46 points. Gardner-Webb (40) and CSU (31) rounds out the top five.
Areale Frazier finished 12th overall in the heptathlon with a 4.60m jump in the long jump, a 27.75m throw in the javelin, and a time of 2:36.71 in the 800m race. She finished the event with a combined score of 3994 for the sixth-best performance in CSU program history.
Victoria Gibson and Edmondson took on the field in the high jump to open Thursday afternoon's event slate. Gibson and Edmondson tied for eighth overall in the field with jumps of 1.53m to lead the Bucs in the event.
Milan Williams continued a strong performance to lead the Bucs' throwers placing seventh in the hammer throw. Williams recorded her longest throw of the day on her fourth attempt with the freshman clearing 49.46m. Madison McCoy finished 11th overall in the event with a throw of 40.98m.
TeJyrica Robinson earned her way in the 100m hurdles final on Friday placing fourth overall in the field. Robinson finished second in the second heat with a time of 14.30 to advance to Friday's championships. Edmondson placed 12th in the field with a time of 15.67.
Kolisha Coleman and Danielle Burnett both qualified for the finals in the 400m dash. Coleman crossed the line second in the second heat with a time of 57.62 to place fifth in the field. Burnett crossed the line second in the first heat with a time of 58.13 to place seventh in the field. Alexis Adams missed out on advancing with her teammates by finishing 10th overall with a time of 58.74.
Jasmine Pilgrim won the second heat of the 100m dash and Robinson qualified to advance to Friday's finals in the event to pace the Bucs. Pilgrim crossed the line in 12.03 to place third in the field. Robinson was fifth overall with a time of 12.23 to advance to the championships. Shantel Ardley narrowly missed out on advancing to the finals with her teammates as the freshman crossed the line ninth overall with a time of 12.51.
Sophomore Traci Drayton led the Bucs in the 800m race finishing 12th overall with a time of 2:24.29.
Emma-Lisa Murphy and Maddie Burkholder both took on the field in Thursday's final event of the day as the senior duo competed in the 3000m steeplechase. Murphy placed fifth overall with a time of 11:42.24, while Burkholder placed ninth with a time of 12:09.52.
Charleston Southern and the rest of the conference closes out the 2017 Big South Outdoor Championship tomorrow. The Bucs start with the triple jump and shot put events starting at noon, while track events start with the 4x100m relay set for 12:50 p.m.