Campbell men, women post program-best finishes at Big South meet

Campbell men, women post program-best finishes at Big South meet

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Fighting Camels posted their highest team finishes in program history Friday afternoon at the 2017 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships as both the men's and women's squads finished second overall to earn team runner-up trophies. The Campbell women racked up a program record 162 points, while the men recorded their second-highest point total at 130.

The Liberty Flames swept team conference titles for the third-straight year as the LU men and women notched 279 and 253 points, respectively.

"This was my fifth outdoor meet as head coach, and it was definitely the best team performance we've ever had," said head coach Michael Kelly. "Coach Quinn and Coach Harris did an outstanding job getting their event groups ready to compete for this meet. We definitely want to win this meet in the near future, but we are very proud of the hardware we are taking home today."

The Campbell women took home all four yearly individual awards. Freshman Janai Scott, who finished the meet with two gold medals in the 100m and 200m dashes and a silver medal in the 4x400m relay, was named Most Outstanding Women's Track Performer and Freshman of the Year. Jamaica native Sabina Allen earned the Most Outstanding Women's Field Performer award for the second-straight season after taking home gold medals in the long jump and triple jump. Kelsey Rea, who boasts a perfect 4.0 GPA in Biology, was selected as the Women's Scholar Athlete of the Year.

"Sabina and Janai really impressed and earned a well-deserved most outstanding award," Kelly said. "For Janai to do that as a freshman is an even greater accomplishment. Shenelle McKay didn't win an MVP award but she sure deserved one as well, finishing 1-2-3 in her 3 events."

The Fighting Camels claimed 13 total individual conference titles, with eight coming on day 3 of the Big South meet. The men's 4x100m relay team of Daequon Carr, Lorne Jenkins, Chigozie Atavwigho and Alize Graham got the day started with a gold medal, coming from behind to win CU's second-straight conference title in the event with a season-best mark of 41.44.

In the distance events, Campbell junior Kelvin Kirui claimed his first Big South conference title in the men's 1500m with a personal-best time of 3:47.28. Freshman Amon Kemboi also earned his first outdoor individual championship with a mark of 14:54.61 in the men's 5000m.

The Campbell jumpers earned two gold medals Friday afternoon. Allen won her second-straight Big South triple jump crown with a mark of 12.51m, followed by Davian Rhodes who claimed his second-straight outdoor conference championship in the high jump after clearing 2.07m on his first attempt.

Campbell senior Lilla Juhasz continued her dominance in the women's 100m hurdles, placing first overall in the finals for the third-straight season with a mark of 13.60 to earn a gold medal. Scott followed that with back-to-back championship performances in the women's 100m and 200m dashes, posting personal-best marks of 11.69 and 23.95 in the events.

CU totaled 13 additional all-conference performances on day three of the conference meet. In addition to his win in the men's 5K, Kemboi also placed second overall in the 1500m with a time of 3:47.73, just half a second away from a PR.

Shenelle McKay earned her third medal of the meet with a third-place finish in the women's triple jump, posting a mark of 11.79m that was just two centimeters from her personal-best.

Tatiana Wolfe claimed two medals Friday afternoon in both hurdling events. The senior from St. Catherine, Jamaica placed second overall in the women's 100m hurdles with a season-best time of 13.85. In the 400m hurdles, she also dropped a season-best mark of 59.93 to earn a bronze medal.

Campbell freshman Ka'Deem Wynn made his first career podium appearance as an individual, placing third overall in the men's 400m final. The Daytona Beach, Florida native recorded a personal-best mark of 48.93 in the event, which was also the fastest time for Campbell this season.

Racheal Brown followed Wynn's performance with another bronze medal in the women's 400m finals. The junior from Freeport, Bahamas notched a mark of 55.67 to earn all-conference honors in the event.

Isis Brooks ended her freshman campaign with two bronze medal performances in the women's 100m and 200m dashes. She posted a PR in the 100m finals with a mark of 11.82 and followed that with a 24.46 in the 200m finals to tie her second-fastest time this season.

Kirui added a bronze medal to his collection in the 800m finals, finishing third overall in the event with a time of 1:52.03. On the women's side, Roshae Jackson also earned an 800m bronze with a mark of 2:11.88.

Atavwigho won his second medal of the day in the men's 400m hurdles with a personal-best performance of 52.22 to place second overall. That time currently ranks 32nd on the TFRRS NCAA East Regional Qualifying List. As long as his mark stays inside the top-48 in the region, Atavwigho will be Lexington bound for the NCAA East Regional.

Amon Terer and Joan Maritim each claimed silver medals in the men's and women's 5K. Terer finished right behind Kemboi with a time of 14:54.61, while Maritim clocked in at 17:51.74 in her outdoor 5K season debut.

Campbell ended the day with a silver medal in the women's 4x400m relay. CU's A-Team of Wolfe, Jullia Morris, Brown and Scott finished with a mark of 3:48.03 to place second overall.

For a full breakdown of all events from the 2017 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, click the 'Results' tab at the top of the page.

With a few athletes right on the cusp of qualifying for the NCAA East Preliminary Round, Campbell will send a handful of competitors to the Aggie Last Chance Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C., scheduled for Sunday, May 14. If the current standings hold, Campbell will send eight athletes to Regionals, set for May 25-27 in Lexington, Ky.

"To get three more regional qualifiers out of the meet this weekend, it's huge for our program as we continue to make our presence known on the national level," said Coach Kelly.

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