Russell's record-setting performance highlights CSU's efforts at CSU Tune-Up

Russell's record-setting performance highlights CSU's efforts at CSU Tune-Up

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern wrapped up the 2018 outdoor track regular season on a sunny day at the Bagwell-Settle Track Complex with the CSU Tune-Up on Wednesday. The Bucs finished the one-day event with multiple top-five and top-10 finishes throughout the competition to highlight their final meet heading into next week's Big South Championships.

Georgina Russell provided the highlight of the day with a new CSU record in the women's 800m race. The Bucs also took top honors in the women's 100m dash, women's 400m hurdles, women's 800m race, women's 4x100m relay, men's long jump, men's triple jump, women's shot put, men's shot put, men's discus, women's hammer, and women's 3000m race.

Diamond Rush and Tamara Damjanovic won their respective heats to lead CSU in the women's 100m dash. Rush crossed the line in 12.18 to win the individual event, while Damjanovic won the second heat in 12.61 to place third in the field.

Joshua Paramore placed third overall in the men's 100m dash to pace three CSU athletes in the event. The junior sprinter crossed the line in 11.01 to finish in the top three, while James Allen added a top five finish in 11.12. Davion Pressley rounded out the group in 11th with a time of 11.72.

Vincent Johnson and Roy Hyman opened the action on the track for the men's team with the 110m hurdles event. Johnson placed second in the field in 14.36, while Hyman was fourth in 16.56.

Jasmine Pilgrim led a trio of Bucs in the top five in the women's 200m dash, while Kaitlyn Pierce added an eighth-place result in the event. Pilgrim crossed the line in 24.78 to lead the Bucs, while Alexis Adams was one spot back in 25.14. Damjanovic finished fourth overall with a time of 25.53. Pierce rounded out the group with a time of 28.80.

Justin Green and Pressley were in the top six in the men's 200m dash on Wednesday afternoon. Green placed fourth in the field with a time of 22.34, while Pressley won the second heat and crossed the line sixth overall in 23.16.

Caroline Edmondson topped the field to lead three Bucs in the women's 400m hurdles. The sophomore crossed the line in 1:01.93 to win the overall race with her fastest time of the season. Shantel Ardley was third overall in 1:05.87, while Nina Massie placed fourth in 1:11.24.

Terik Johnson took second overall to pace the Bucs in the men's 400m hurdles. The junior crossed the line in 58.75 to lead CSU in the event.

Pierce was second overall to pace the Bucs in the women's 400m. The freshman crossed the line in 1:03.64.

The Buccaneers took places fourth through eighth in the men's 400m race. Andrew Akright led the group of five CSU athletes in the event with a time of 50.51. Joshua Bowers was one-hundredths of a second behind in fifth, while Josiah Scarlett crossed in sixth in 50.90. Trayvon Harris was seventh in the field with a time of 52.26, while Jaymee Domoney rounded out the group in 52.49.

Georgina Russell won the women's 800m race by a large margin as the senior cruised to the finish line in 2:13.07. Her victory set a new CSU record in the event as she passed Mary Elliott's mark of 2:13.14 set at the Georgia Tech Invitational in 2014 by seven-hundredths of a second. Javenique McDowell was third in the field with a time of 2:22.35, while Traci Drayton placed fourth with a time of 2:26.71.

Keith Terry and Brandon Damon finished back-to-back in the men's 600m race with Terry taking third place overall in 1:23.27. Damon crossed in 1:23.78 to secure the fourth spot in the race.

The women's 4x100m relay team cruised to the title in the event as the quartet of Ardley, Pilgrim, Adams, and Rush won the event by two seconds in 47.10.

CSU's men's 4x400m relay team placed third overall in the field to round out the action on the day. The quartet of Akright, Bowers, Domoney, and Keith Terry crossed the line in 3:28.22.

Victoria Gibson placed second overall in the women's high jump to lead the Bucs. The sophomore cleared 1.47m on her second attempt.

Gibson also led the Bucs in the women's long jump. Her final attempt of 4.97m put her third overall in the field.

Niegel Simmons paced the field and led three Bucs in the men's long jump event. The sophomore was the only athlete to clear seven meters on the day achieving the distance in each of his first two attempts. His mark of 7.09m won the individual championship. Micah Deveaux placed fourth with a distance of 5.96m, while Roy Hyman was fifth with 5.67m.

Dashonda Morgan was CSU's top finisher in the women's triple jump. The freshman cleared 10.28m on her second attempt to place fourth in the field.

Timothy Davis added top individual honors in the men's triple jump attempt. After fouling in his first three attempts, the sophomore cleared 14.00m on his final run to finish first in the field.

Alexus Foreman and Milan Williams took the top two spots in the women's shot put event to lead the Bucs. Foreman was the lone athlete to clear 12 meters on the day with her third throw of 13.17m setting a mark that would not be touched. Williams was second with a throw of 11.98m, while Madison McCoy was fourth in the field with a distance of 11.43m.

Ryan Spiecha took top honors in the men's shot put to lead four Bucs in the event. Spiecha's fourth throw of 15.71m earned him top honors in the event. JP Caglione was second overall with his final throw sailing 15.43m, while Seth Wolfe was fifth with 13.80m. Clarence Moss rounded out the group in seventh with a distance of 11.93m.

McCoy took top honors for the Bucs in the women's discus event. The sophomore reached 41.50m on her second throw to finish second overall. Williams was fourth in the field with a distance of 39.45m.

Moss was atop the leaderboard in the men's discus event leading three Bucs with clean attempts in the event. Moss reached 46.21m on his final attempt to win the event. Caglione was fifth with a throw of 41.65, while Spiecha's second throw went 40.15 to place sixth.

Williams, McCoy, and Foreman all took on the field in the women's hammer event with Williams claiming top honors overall. The sophomore reached 54.98m for her longest throw of the season and the second-longest in school history. McCoy was third with a throw of 45.17m, while Foreman was fourth with 38.70m.

Caglione was tops among CSU's throwers in the men's hammer event. The sophomore was one of three athletes to clear 50 meters on the day with his final attempt going 53.46m to place third in the event. Spiecha was fifth in 47.40m, while Wolfe placed sixth with a throw of 45.83m.

Haley Newell took on the field in the women's javelin. The freshman recorded clean attempts on three of her four throws with her third sailing 27.89m to put her in fourth place.

Moss and Hyman both took on the field in the men's javelin. Moss placed fifth overall with his third attempt going 38.83m on the day. Hyman was one spot back with his second attempt sailing 32.49m.

Kyle Morrell took on the field in the men's 1500m race with the freshman placing third overall in the event. He crossed the line in 4:20.44.

Lydia Frierson turned in the seventh-fastest time in school history in the women's 3000m race to lead three Bucs in the event. Frierson crossed the line in 10:49.51 to win the event in her first outdoor 3000m race on the year. Bethany Thornhill was second in the event with a time of 11:22.69, while Taylor Barnes completed the top-three sweep with a time of 12:05.43.

Up Next
Charleston Southern joins the rest of the Big South Conference next week at Vert Stadium in High Point, N.C. for the 2018 Big South Outdoor Track and Field Championships sponsored by MUSCO Sports Lighting and UCS. Competition runs from May 9-11 on the campus of High Point University.

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