Winthrop set three school records and had eight athletes earn All-Conference honors as the 2015 Big South Conference Track & Field Championships concluded on Saturday at High Point University’s Vert Stadium.
Sophomore Marthaline Cooper captured the hammer throw with a record-setting distance of 63.85 meters. Senior Andrew Chavous shattered the school record in the men’s 400 meter hurdles with a time of 51.50 seconds to finish second and junior Alesha Love broke her own record in the women’s 400m hurdles as she was clocked in 58.48 seconds as she also placed second.
Joining that trio as All-BSC performers were junior Avery Scott, freshman Tyreese Evans and senior Carlo Raiteri, who joined Chavous on the men’s third place 4x100 meter relay team that ran a time of 41.45, freshman distance runner Kevin Mills, who placed third in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a clocking of 9:11.18, and freshman javelin athlete Preston Elwell who finished third lead with a throw of 59.36 meters.
In the final team standings, the Eagle men finished fifth out of seven schools with 60 points while in the women’s competition, Winthrop placed seventh out of nine schools with 43 points. Liberty captured both the men’s and women’s championships with 288.5 points and 210.5 points, respectively.
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“This was our best weekend in years,” said head coach Ben Paxton. “We set three school records. Cooper jumped to No. 6 in the East and 13th in all of the NCAA. Chavous jumps up to 20th in the East while Love moves up to 22nd. All three have qualified for the NCAA First Round in two weeks at Jacksonville. It was also good to see our men’s 4x100 earn All-BSC as well.”