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Indoor track leads in All-Decade teams

February 26, 2014

A total of 17 Coastal Carolina University student-athletes were selected to the Big South Conference Women’s Indoor Track and Field All-Decade Teams. Part of the Big South’s 30th anniversary celebration, the all-decade teams were determined by conference administrators and fan voting.

Seven different Chanticleers were tabbed for the All-Decade Team covering 1997-99, and 10 were named to the 2000s team. Coastal garnered 19 selections overall, with two athletes earning spots in multiple events. CCU had the most athletes represented and the most selections. Liberty was second with 16 athletes and 18 selections.

Additionally, head coach Alan Connie was named the All-Decade Coach for the 2000s. His teams won five conference championships, and he captured seven Coach of the Year honors during the 10-year period.

Shashonda Lane led the Chants’ honorees for 1997-99, earning spots on the team as both a sprinter and a jumper. She was joined by distance runners Angela Murphy, Laurie Occhipinti and All-American Jolene Williams, jumpers April Cook and Danielle Leyh, and thrower Liz Pidgeon.

Coastal claimed 10 of the 31 selections on the 2000s team, led by double honoree and All-American Chasity Johnson in sprints and jumps. LeAuna Sistrunk and Amber White earned nods as sprinters, while Kara Koppel, Felicitas Mensing and Anne Marie Moutsinga represented the Chants as distance runners. They were joined by jumpers Courtney Samuel, Marilyn Testa and Marcie Veitch, along with All-American and Olympian thrower Amber Campbell.

Chanticleers on Women’s Indoor Track and Field All-Decade Teams


S - Shashonda Lane 2-time All-Conference (60m, hurdles)

D - Angela Murphy Champion, 2-time All-Conference (800m, mile)

D - Laurie Occhipinti Champion, 2-time All-Conference (5,000m, 3,000m)

D - Jolene Williams All-America, 6-time Champion, 6-time All-Conference (mile, 3,000m, 5,000m)

J - April Cook All-Conference (high jump)

J - Shashonda Lane Champion, 5-time All-Conference (long Jump, triple Jump)

J - Danielle Leyh All-Conference (high jump)

T - Liz Pidgeon 3-time Champion, 4-time All-Conference (weight throw, shot put)


S - Chasity Johnson 3-time Champion, 7-time All-Conference (200m, 60m)

S - LeAuna Sistrunk 2-time Champion, 4-time All-Conference (hurdles)

S - Amber White 2-time Champion, 4-time All-Conference (400m, 200m)

D - Kara Koppel Champion, 5-time All-Conference (3,000m, 5,000m, mile)

D - Felicitas Mensing 3-time Champion, 5-time All-Conference (3,000m, mile, 5,000m)

D - Anne Marie Moutsinga 6-time Champion, 9-time All-Conference (3,000m, 5,000m, mile)

J - Chasity Johnson All-America, 7-time Champion, 9-time All-Conference (triple jump, long jump)

J - Courtney Samuel 5-time Champion, 9-time All-Conference (triple jump, high jump, long jump)

J - Marilyn Testa 2-time Champion, 3-time All-Conference (pole vault)

J - Marcie Veitch Champion, 4-time All-Conference (pole vault)

T - Amber Campbell 3-time All-America, 7-time Champion, 8-time All-Conference (weight throw, shot put), U.S. Olympian 2008, 2012

Coach - Alan Connie 5 Championships (2004, 06, 07, 08, 09), 7-time Coach of the Year