Camels claim four gold medals Wednesday at Big South meet

Joan Maritim ( Photo)
Joan Maritim ( Photo)

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Fighting Camels took home four gold medals on day one of the 2017 Big South Outdoor Championships, hosted by Charleston Southern University at the Bagwell-Settle Track Stadium. Sabina Allen and Lorne Jenkins were crowned champions in the long jump, while Amon Terer and Joan Maritim claimed conference titles in the 10,000m races.

Allen broke her own all-time Big South and Campbell records in the women's long jump with a personal-best 6.22m performance on her final attempt. That mark currently ranks 26th on the NCAA East Regional Qualifying List and 46th in all of Division I.

Jenkins followed Allen's performance with a personal-best mark of 7.67m to claim gold in the men's long jump. His jump currently ranks T-18th on the regional qualiying list, as well as T-31st nationally. It was the third-best long jump in Campbell track & field history, just 0.21m off the school record held by Sam Tilly (2008).

Terer's performance of 29:41.10 in the men's 10K broke the all-time Big South conference championship record, previously held by Campbell redshirt sophomore Lawrence Kipkoech. Terer's wife, Maritim, completed the sweep of the 10K with a time of 36:37.98 on the women's side, beating the next closest competitor by more than 75 seconds.

Campbell began the day with the women's long jump, which saw Allen post the furthest long jump by any Big South female athlete in the conference's 34-year history. Senior Shenelle McKay earned a silver medal in the event with an outdoor PR of 5.80m. Jullia Morris also scored points for the Camels with a 5.50m performance to place sixth overall.

Up next was the men's long jump, where Jenkins beat his PR by more than a foot. Alize Graham placed eighth with a mark of 7.04m to score one point for the Campbell men. Campbell sophomore Noah Tyson posted a PR in the event, jumping 6.95m on his first attempt to place 10th overall.

Campbell sophomore Chigozie Atavwigho put up the second-fastest time in the 400m hurdles trials with a mark of 54.38 to easily qualify for Friday's final. Marcus Mize also competed in the event and ran a PR as he completed the race in 58.15.

Tatiana Wolfe represented the Campbell women in the 400m hurdles trials. Her time of 1:02.49 ranked fifth on the day and qualified her for the final on Friday afternoon.

Up next was the men's 200m trials, where Daequon Carr posted Campbell's fastest time at 22.30. Alize Graham finished with a personal-best 22.47, while Collin Cooper tied his PR down to the hundredth of a second with a mark of 22.72.

Janai Scott continued her dominance in the women's 200m, recording the fastest time of the day with a mark of 24.12 in the preliminary round. Isis Brooks (24.46) and Racheal Brown (24.56, PR) will also represent Campbell in Friday's final as they placed fourth and fifth in the trials.

The final events of the night were the men's and women's 10,000m. In addition to Terer, freshmen Hunter Gilbert and Billy Knabe scored points for Campbell with fourth and eighth place finishes, respectively. Gilbert beat his PR by nearly 30 seconds with a time of 32:53.55, while Knabe finished in 35:10.73 in his second-ever collegiate 10K.

Campbell ended the night with three athletes scoring in the women's 10K. Maritim took home the individual crown, while Campbell freshmen Michaela Louw (38:45.19) and Madeline Fitch (39:04.38) placed sixth and seventh overall in their collegiate 10K debuts.

At the end of day one, the Campbell men and women both sit second in the standings with 27 and 36 points, respectively. A full breakdown of the day's results can be viewed at the 'Results' tab at the top of the page.

Day two of the conference championships continues for Campbell at 1:00 p.m. Thursday with the women's high jump. For the most up-to-date information on Campbell track & field, follow @GoCamelsRun on Twitter.