State report: Charleston Southern’s Allen, Jean prepare for NCAA championships
Charleston Southern’s Lavon Allen and Meme Jean will compete in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships today at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field.
Allen will compete in the long jump at 7:30 p.m. EDT. The senior, who was the Big South champion, qualified with a 7.48-meter jump two weeks ago at the East Regional to finish eighth among 12 jumpers.
“I definitely feel like there isn’t any pressure,” Allen said on Tuesday. “Considering I reached both (the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA’s) in my final year, this week is just the icing on the cake. I’m not going to change anything. What I have been doing to get there has been working. At this point, I’m just going to stick to my routine and trust what I’ve been doing.”
Of the 24 jumpers, the top nine advance to the finals after a 20-minute break. Arkansas has three athletes in the finals, led by freshman Jarrion Lawson, who was the top qualifier at 7.93 meters.
Jean, a sophomore, will compete in the 100-meter hurdles. The Big South champion and school record holder will begin qualifying at 8:05 p.m. She qualified 13th by running 13.25 seconds in the regional finals. To advance to Saturday’s finals, Jean will need to finish in the top two in her heat or be one of the three fastest times outside of the top two in the heat.
The NCAA championships can be seen live online at ESPN3.
After hitting safely in more than half of his official at-bats in 15 games, culminating in a 10-for-13 performance at the Southern Conference tournament, The Citadel’s Joe Jackson was named the SoCon player of the month for May. The catcher batted .538 with eight doubles, two triples, five home runs, 26 runs scored and 26 RBIs during the month.
College of Charleston’s Andrew Lawrence, a London native, will participate in the 11th annual adidas Basketball Eurocamp, the most prestigious international and only officially sanctioned pre-NBA Draft camp outside of the U.S., on June 8-10 at the La Ghirada Sports Complex in Treviso, Italy.
The camp provides a global stage for the top international prospects to practice, compete and interview with NBA teams and other professional leagues leading up to the NBA draft on June 27.
Newberry wrestler Seiji Borja, a former Fort Dorchester High School standout, was named a third-team Capital One Academic All-America in the at large category. Borja, a redshirt sophomore, carries a 3.91 grade point average.
In March, Borja became the first Newberry wrestler in the eight-year history of the program to earn All-Academic first-team honors from the National Wrestling Coaches Association. He went 15-4 this past season.
Charleston Southern hired Meghan Austin as an assistant women’s basketball coach for the 2013-14 season. Austin joins CSU after four seasons at Chowan University.