Three podium finishes lead Buccaneers on final day of Big South Indoor Championships

Three podium finishes lead Buccaneers on final day of Big South Indoor Championships

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Paced by second place finishes by Diamond Rush (60m dash), Milan Williams (weight throw), and Tamara Damjanovic (triple jump), Charleston Southern closed out the 2018 Big South Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday afternoon at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex.

The Bucs placed fifth overall as a team after posting 74.5 points over the two-day event. Liberty (224), Campbell (99.5), and High Point (98.5) took the top three positions in the women's standings.

Caroline Edmondson was named to the Indoor Track & Field All-Academic Team as the sophomore boasts a 4.00 GPA while majoring in Kinesiology.

Rush nearly matched her time in Saturday's 60m dash finals on her way to placing second overall in the field to earn a podium spot in the conference's premier sprinting event. Rush crossed the line in 7.62 to place second behind Campbell's Sabina Allen (7.58).

Williams connected on her second throw in the women's weight throw and tied the CSU record in the weight throw to lead the Bucs in the event and earn the podium finish. Williams' throw of 17.90m was her longest of the day and one of four she got off cleanly to lead the Bucs. Her attempt was a career-best as the sophomore equaled the record mark achieved by Daisy Whitaker in 2013 at the Wake Forest Invitational.

Damjanovic's second attempt in the women's triple jump cleared 11.64m and the freshman was clean on five of her six opportunities to put the Bucs on the podium in the event. She finished second overall in the field behind Campbell's Sabina Allen (13.44m).

The women's 4x400m relay team took third in the field to earn a podium spot in the final event of the day. The quartet of Alexis Adams, Shantel Ardley, Jasmine Pilgrim, and Caroline Edmondson combined to cross the line in 3:54.16.

Senior Jasmine Pilgrim nearly joined her Rush on the podium in the 60m dash placing fourth overall with a time of 7.69. Pilgrim was edged out by Radford's Amelia Reynolds (7.66) for the final position on the stand.

Carolina Edmondson nearly podiumed for the second time in as many days as the sophomore finished fourth overall in the 60m hurdle finals. Edmondson (8.88) finished three-hundredths of a second behind Liberty's Katie Dodson for fourth in the field.

Georgina Russell took on the field for the Bucs in the women's mile race on Saturday afternoon. The graduate student placed fifth overall with her time of 5:06.44. It was her second-best time of the season and third-best all-time in CSU indoor history.

Victoria Gibson also competed in the triple jump with the sophomore achieving 10.96m on her fifth attempt to place fifth in the field.

Pilgrim and Alexis Adams competed in the women's 200m dash as the duo were among the eight to advance from Friday's qualifying run. Pilgrim placed sixth in the field with a time of 25.09, while Adams was seventh in 25.48.

Adams shaved .03 seconds off her qualifying time in the women's 400m race to place seventh in Saturday's finals.

Madison McCoy and Alexus Foreman also took on the field in the women's weight throw. McCoy placed 12th following her 14.11m toss on her first attempt, while Foreman was two spots back after achieving 13.47 on her final attempt of the day.

Russell was one of four CSU distance runners to compete in the women's 3000m race as she doubled up in distance events on the day. Russell paced the group and placed 13th overall in the field with a time of 10:35.21. Lydia Frierson (10:48.69) and Taylor Barnes (11:00.45) finished back-to-back in 15th and 16th, while Bethany Thornhill was 18th with a time of 11:14.86.

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