After sitting through a rain delay on Wednesday night, Coastal Carolina high jumper Jacques Watson qualified for the finals in the event at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.
According to a blog item written by South Florida beat writer Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times, Coastal is in the mix for Gene Teague, a power forward/center who had originally signed with South Florida out of high school. After he failed to qualify academically, the 6-foot-8, 295 pounder spent a year at prep school and has reopened his recruiting.
There are plenty of talented athletes on campus at Coastal Carolina, but it's unlikely that any of them are in the same realm as high jumper Jacques Watson. The sophomore qualified for the NCAA championships as a freshman last year, breaking all the previous school records in his event. However, this season he's put himself in the discussion as one of the world's best high jumpers.
If you're on the Grand Strand this weekend and get tired of watching basketball -- I understand that's highly unlikely -- you can drop by Doug Shaw Stadium in Myrtle Beach for the Shamrock Invitational, the biggest track meet Coastal has ever hosted. It opens Thursday and continues through Saturday. A number of notable programs, including UNC, South Carolina and Clemson will all participate.