Women’s track and field hitting strides early

Coastal Carolina University has been leaving its mark on the women’s track and field world recently, and the dominance is rolling over already into this spring season. 

Coastal had a lot of momentum going into the Bob Pollock Invitational held Jan. 27 and 28 in Clemson, South Carolina, and they certainly did not disappoint.  

10 participants hit personal bests at the invitational with four school records being broken, capitalizing on a very successful weekend with nine top 10 finishes. Sophomore Alexis Glasco rebroke her own school record, which she had broken last weekend at the Carolina Challenge. Glasco notched the 60-meter hurdle with a time of 8.21 in preliminaries, qualifying her for the finals.  

Meanwhile, teammate Sydney Clemens placed three spots behind Glasco with a time of 8.75. Junior sprinter Molly Jones crushed the mile run school record with 4:48.64 scoring her ninth place overall. Ellie Wolski, Amanda Kinloch, and Amilia Wise-Sweat make arguably the fastest relay team in the Sun Belt Conference, who just recorded a 11:45.23 in the distance medley relay. This time earned themselves a school record and a fourth-place finish.  

Teammates Zayna Fray-Samuel, Lauralyn Clifford, Claire Spiller, Lauren Gordon, Amaryah White and Amelia Canetto also hit personal best time in their respective events at the meet. On the field side, throwers Fray-Samuel (17.83 meters) and Clifford (17.25 meters) both recorded all-time top 10 finishes in CCU history in the weight throw event.  

The Chanticleers will be back in competition on Feb. 10 at both the Tiger Paw Invitational in Clemson, South Carolina and the Feb. 11 Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational in Lynchburg, Virginia.