The Coker women's indoor track and field team just wrapped up a historic season which saw them set school records in nine of their 20 events. Kaylah Ruff led the way, posting the eight fastest 60m-hurdles times in school history, including her record time of 8.66 at the South Atlantic Conference Champions.
Freshman Lauren Mustapher also set school records in the 200m and 400m, posting times of 25.57, and 58.62 respectively. The Cobras smashed both of their 400m and 800m relay records, with Angel Gale, Trinity White, Syriah Lottimore, and Mustapher posting the first sub-four, 400m time in school history at 3:59.71.
On the men's side, it was sophomore Sage Lilly who continued his assault on the Coker record books, notching the top three 400-meter times in school history. Lilly was also a member of the 4x400 team, along with Mahari Greene, Tony McElveen, and Brandon Mullins, who set the school's 4x400 record with a time of 3:21.66.
McElveen matched his record 60-meter time at 6.90 seconds, and Murishi Irankunda established the school's 300-meter record at 35.74. In all, the men's team set a total of 10 records during the 2019 indoor season.
Pete Early took over as the head coach of the men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field teams last year. Early arrived at Coker after spending the last seven years at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, where he was the assistant track and field coach.
The men's outdoor team features six returning seniors in Jacob Chebii, Razzel Kiplaget, Tony McElveen, Jarrell Mumford, Malik Tarbell, and Brandon Mullins. All six have made significant contributions to the team throughout their time at Coker, and now will get to finish out their collegiate careers together as seniors. McElveen, Mumford, and Tarbell all rank amongst the best 100-meter times in school history, and now have one last season to determine who goes out on top. Mumford currently holds the record at 10.80 seconds.
The women's cross country team has four experienced veterans in Da'Sha Jobes, Kaylah Ruff, Breanna Sullivan, and Angel Gale returning. Jobes will look to further improve on her long jump record of 5.54 meters, while Ruff figures to continue her dominance in 100-meter hurdles. She holds eight of the top 10 ten times in that event, and judging from her incredible indoor season, looks poised to add to that list this season.
Lilly just completed an awesome indoor season that saw him post four of the top seven 200-meter times in school history, and the top three 400-meter times in Coker history. He already holds the outdoor 200-meter record, with a blazing time of 21.80 seconds.
Ruff was unquestionably the star of the indoor season, just narrowly missing out on a place in the NCAA DII national championships. She set the meet and school record in the 55-meter hurdles at the South Atlantic Conference Championships with a time of 8.66 seconds. She already holds the school's outdoor 100-meter hurdles record, and is primed to challenge Charity Snelling and Angel Gale for the Coker 400-meter hurdles record this year.
"We are beyond excited to see the successes of indoor carry-over to the outdoor season. We have trained all year long for this and the hard work is most certainly going to pay off. I'm particularly excited to see Sage Lilly challenge for the 400-meter record, while Kaylah Ruff fights for a spot in the national championships. We are also eager to see our freshmen Lauren Mustapher and Trinity White continue their assault on the Coker record books!” - Coach Pete early
2019 Outdoor Track & Field Schedule
3/16 | Shamrock Invitational | Myrtle Beach, S.C.
3/23 | Columbia Invitational | Columbia, S.C.
3/30 | Raleigh Relays | Raleigh, N.C.
4/6 | Phoenix Invitational | Elon, N.C.
4/13 | Gamecock Invitational | Columbia, S.C.
4/18-20 | South Atlantic Conference Championships | Hickory, N.C.