Coastal Carolina’s Gelibert named Big South track athlete of the week

From staff reportsFebruary 12, 2014 

Coastal Carolina University’s Jessica Gelibert was named the Big South Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week after last weekend’s Armory Collegiate Invitational, the league announced on Wednesday.

Competing at one of the nation’s largest collegiate indoor meets in New York City, Gelibert notched two personal-bests, helped lower two school records and one Big South mark and had one third-place finish, according to a university release.

Gelibert had her two best career times in the 60-meter hurdles, running an 8.47 in the preliminary heat then an 8.34 in the semifinals. The time was just .01 second off the CCU and Big South record held by LeAuna Sistruck and .29 seconds faster than her previous best, according to the release. She qualified for the event’s final in fourth position, but did not run because she also was competing in the 500 meters.

In the 500, the sophomore broke her own school mark with a time of 1:12.66, beating her best time from last season by close to two seconds. Gelibert took third place in the event, finishing just ahead of runners from Kansas and Mississippi State and behind only another athlete from Kansas and one from Hampton, according to the release. She missed first place by just .6 seconds.

Gelibert capped her weekend by teaming with Camille Hurley, Leah Fair and Christal Green to break the Big South record in the 4x400 relay for the second time this season, according to the release.

The Big South weekly honor is Gelibert’s first for indoor competition and third overall of her career. She was also named the conference’s Freshman of the Year in both indoor and outdoor last year.

Cheatwood to All Star Bowl

Coastal Carolina All-American lineman Jamey Cheatwood will play for the “Americans” in the second annual College All-Star Bowl on Friday. The game will be played in Greenville at Furman’s Paladin Stadium and will be telecast live on the CBS Sports Network, according to a University release. Cheatwood is the third Chanticleer to play in a postseason all-star game this season, joining Matt Hazel (East-West Shrine Game) and Lorenzo Taliaferro (Senior Bowl).

Cheatwood was named third team All-America by the Associated Press and The Sports Network in 2013. He was a three-time All-Big South selection, starting 43 of his 44 games played during his career. He helped the Chanticleers win Big South Championships and earn berths to the NCAA Division I playoffs in 2010, ’12 and ’13.

CCU women’s tennis

Coastal Carolina’s Kourtney Kowal has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Women’s Tennis Player of the Week, while teammate Romane Delay has been named The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week for matches played Feb. 3-9, announced Tuesday by the League office.

Kowal notched two singles and two doubles wins last week for the Chanticleers. The senior defeated Shannon Bettiol of Western Carolina in the No. 2 flight (6-2, 6-5), before downing North Carolina A&T’s Kenva Colbert 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1. In doubles action, Kowal teamed with Honami Yazawa in the No. 1 flight to defeat North Carolina Central’s Rebecca Wood and Ekaterina Nekrasova, according to a university release. The award is her first of the season.

Delay posted a record of 5-0 last week against Western Carolina, North Carolina A&T and North Carolina Central. In singles action she recorded three straight set victories beating WCU’s Erin Maguired (6-3, 6-2), NCCU’s Tamara Jeremic (6-1, 6-0) and NCAT’s Kimberly Stalling (6-0, 6-2). Delay paired up with partner Libby Scott to down the North Carolina Central duo of Mia Ramic and Aissa Muamba 8-4 at the No. 2 flight. She also picked up a win by default in the No. 3 flight against North Carolina A&T.

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