LYNCHBURG, Va. - Caroline Edmondson set a Charleston Southern record in the women's pentathlon to highlight the Buccaneers' efforts on the first day of the 2019 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships hosted at the Liberty Indoor Track & Field Complex.
Edmondson (3483) eclipsed the mark set by Janeen Gudger (3407) set back in 2002 at the Blue Heaven Rumble in Chapel Hill, N.C. The junior finished second in the women's 60m hurdles (8.95), second in the high jump (1.59m), third in the shot put (10.79m), and seventh in the long jump (4.87m) to place second overall heading into the final event. Edmondson followed up by winning the 800m by nearly 3.5 seconds to secure the championship after crossing the line in 2:26.76.
CSU (30) sits behind Hampton (63.5), High Point (46), and Campbell (36) after the first day's events. USC Upstate (18) rounds out the top five in the conference standings.
- Pentathlon – Caroline Edmondson (3,483 points – CSU School Record)
- High Jump – Caroline Edmondson (1.55m, 3rd)
Advancing to Finals
- 60m dash – Lauryn James (7.70, 4th), Rhone' Allen (7.73, 7th)
- 200m dash – Lauryn James (24.66, 2nd), Rhone' Allen (25.04, 5th), Shantel Ardley (25.76, 11th)
- 400m dash – Eden Senior (57.30, 2nd)
- 800m run – Rebecca Cadet (2:19.25, 7th)
- 60m hurdles – Caroline Edmondson (8.74, 4th), Chaneal Harris (8.81, 6th)
Lauryn James and Rhone' Allen both advanced to Saturday's finals in the women's 60m dash as the freshmen duo excelled in their first postseason competition. James took an automatic qualifier spot after crossing the line in 7.70. Allen was seventh overall in 7.73. Chaneal Harris (7.83, 11th) and Diamond Rush (7.89, 13th) also took on the field in the event.
James and Allen also advanced to the finals of the women's 200m dash with the freshman duo crossing the line in 24.66 (James) and 25.04 (Allen) to take second and fourth in the field. Shantel Ardley also advanced after crossing the line in 11th with a time of 25.76.
Eden Senior added onto a strong indoor season as well as the freshman crossed the line second overall in the women's 400m dash to advance to the finals with a time of 57.30.
Rebecca Cadet advanced to the finals in the women's 800m race after crossing the line in 2:19.25 to place seventh in the field. Javenique McDowell narrowly missed on joining her teammate after crossing in 2:21.61.
Caroline Edmondson and Chaneal Harris claimed spots in Saturday's 60m hurdles finals following strong performances in the preliminary rounds. Edmondson (8.74) was fourth overall, while Harris (8.81) was sixth in the field.
Edmondson continued her strong day in the women's high jump event. The junior was back on the podium for the second time after clearing 1.55m to place third overall in the field. Victoria Gibson was 13th with a height of 1.45m
Milan Williams took on the field in the women's shot put event. Williams placed fourth overall after reaching 12.93m.
Caroline Inman led three Bucs running in the women's 5000m race on Saturday. Inman placed fifth overall with a time of 18:21.91 to pace CSU, while Zanelle Willemse was 12th in 19:12.78. Taylor Barnes added a 14th place finish in 20:18.90.
The CSU quartet of Rebecca Cadet, Shantel Ardley, Javenique McDowell, and Makennah Mills finished fourth overall in the women's distance medley. The Bucs crossed the line in 12:38.01 to narrowly miss out on the podium.
Day two of the Big South Indoor Championships starts tomorrow at the Liberty Indoor Track & Field Complex. Field events start at 1 p.m., while the track events are set to start at 2 p.m.