WILMINGTON, NC Mar. 1, 2014 – With the indoor season in the rearview mirror, UNCW opens its outdoor season on Sunday when it competes in the ninth-annual Battle of the Beaches against rival Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C. The Seahawks will also compete against South Carolina State in a separately scored meet.
Senior Aerial Chatman will open his final season with the Seahawks by competing in the Long and Triple Jumps. Chatman competed in the NCAA first round last spring in the Triple Jump and won the Colonial Athletic Association title in the event.
Cam Walton, a NCAA qualifier in 2013 in the Long Jump, will compete in the Triple Jump in the opener. As a sophomore in 2013, Walton earned All-CAA honors in the Long Jump.
Senior Anthony Colon was the CAA champion in the 400 Hurdles and he will compete in that event, along with the 110 Hurdles, in the opening meet of the spring.
Connor Brooks, who owns the program record in the 400 indoors, returns to action for UNCW and will compete in the 400 meters.
In the women’s meet, there won’t be a dual meet with Coastal Carolina, but the Seahawks will compete against several other schools.
Sophomore Meredith Bozzi is coming off her best indoor season and looks to carry that over to the outdoor season. Bozzi broke UNCW’s 800 meters record in the indoor finale and will run in the 200 meters and 400 Hurdles on Sunday.
Emily Mauro also is coming off a successful indoor season in which she set the school record in the 600 meters in the indoor finale. Sunday, she will compete in both the 200 and 400 meters.
Freshman Gabriella Robinson posted top-four times in the 6-, 200 and 400 meters. She’ll compete in the 200 and 400 meters this weekend.