Adams tops 400-meter field, Pilgrim and Davis in top three of 100-meter dash on day one of CSU Invitational

Adams tops 400-meter field, Pilgrim and Davis in top three of 100-meter dash on day one of CSU Invitational

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Alexis Adams outpaced the field in the women's 400-meter dash and teammates Jasmine Pilgrim and Aluntrea Davis finished in the top three of the women's 100-meter dash preliminaries to lead the Buccaneers on the first day of the 2017 CSU Spring Break Invitational.

Adams topped the in the women's 400m dash on the day posting the top time of 58.74 to sit atop the standings and take the individual title.

Pilgrim won her individual heat in the women's 100m dash, narrowly topping teammate Aluntrea Davis to finish second overall in the 100m preliminaries on Friday. Pilgrim finished in 12.11 to pace the field in the fifth heat, while Davis crossed in 12.23 to finish second in the heat and third overall to advance to Saturday's finals.

The duo will be joined by teammate Shantel Ardley who won the first heat and finished seventh overall with a time of 12.38. Anaia Hood rounded out the group, finishing third in the second heat and 21st overall with a time of 13.05.

Kolisha Coleman and Davis finished with three-hundredths of a second between the two of them in the 200m dash event on Friday with Coleman proving the victor and finishing third with a time of 24.70. Davis was fourth with a time of 24.73, while Pilgrim finished fifth overall with a time of 24.88.

Danielle Burnett (25.11, 8th) and TeJyrica Robinson (25.30, 10th) both added top-10 finishes in the event, while Alexis Adams finished 14th with a time of 25.53 as the Buccaneers' sprinters showcased their depth with six of the top 14 finishers in the 51-person deep event. Robinson won her individual heat, taking the third section of eight on the day.

Traci Drayton led the Bucs in the 800m run on the day placing fifth in the competitive second heat and sixth overall in the field with a time of 2:30.42.

Bethany Thornhill topped the Bucs in the women's 5000m event on Friday night with a time of 20:28.53 to finish seventh among the field.

Robinson paced the Bucs and recorded her second individual heat title with a time of 14.83 in the women's 100m hurdles. The time places her second among the field heading into Saturday's finals. Caroline Edmonson joins her teammate on Saturday finishing second in the second heat and sixth in the field with a time of 15.09. Destinie Little (16.50, 15th) and Areale Frazier (16.72, 18th) rounded out the Bucs in the event on Friday.

Little won the second heat of the women's 400m hurdles and placed fifth overall with a time of 1:05.44. Frazier was seventh in the field with a time of 1:06.38, while Nina Massie crossed the line in 12th with a time of 1:10.73.

Emma-Lisa Murphy started out strong and held off the field for a second-place finish in the women's 3000m steeplechase during Friday night's distance carnival. She crossed the line in 11.46.35 to pace the Bucs in the event. Teammate Madison Burkholder finished sixth overall with a time of 12:30.79.

Victoria Gibson paced the Bucs with a top-10 finish in the long jump with a distance of 5.12m. Hood finished 11th overall with a long jump of 5.08m, while Demisha Norman was 13th among the field with a length of 4.94m.

Freshman Milan Williams led CSU's throwers on the day finishing fourth overall with a hammer throw of 50.56m. Madison McCoy was 13th overall with a throw of 40.42m, while Alexus Foreman finished 14th with a long throw of 39.76m.

Two Bucs took on the javelin throw with Megan Newton finishing eighth on the day with a distance of 28.90m. Frazier placed ninth overall with a long throw of 28.40m.

Gabriella Steffen finished 20th overall in the women's 400m dash with a time of 1:08.49.

CSU is back in action tomorrow morning with the women's shot put event starting at 9:30 a.m. Track events start at 12:35 p.m. with the women's 4x100m relay.

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