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Klase Narrowly Misses Eugene Berth in Javelin
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Liberty junior Daniel Klase just missed out on a trip to Eugene on the opening day of the 2014 NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, Thursday at North Florida's Hodges Stadium. He finished 14th in the men's javelin, just two places and four feet, seven inches away from advancing to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Klase battled less than ideal conditions during his NCAA Preliminary Round debut, as he had to warm up twice, sandwiching a two and a half hour lightning delay. Despite all of that and a slick runway, the Keystone State native's very first attempt sailed 213-2. The second-longest throw of his career stood up as the best in his flight and enabled him to qualify for the men's javelin finals.
Klase's impressive series of six throws also included marks of 210-9 and 209-7. However, he was unable to improve his position during finals and ended up two spots behind Louisiana Tech junior Joshua Cox, who earned the 12th and final Eugene berth at 217-9.
Klase defeated the national No. 1 seed, Tennessee's Kyle Quinn, who finished a disappointing 18th at 210-7. Klase also posted the highest finish by a Big South Conference men's javelin thrower at this meet since Coastal Carolina's Jason Flanagan was ninth in 2012.
Senior ConRoy Smith wrapped up his career during the first round of the men's 100-meter dash Thursday evening. This year's Big South men's 100 champion placed seventh in his heat and 36th overall in the first round, clocking a time of 10.76 seconds into a headwind. He leaves Liberty as the third-fastest men's 100 runner in program history with his personal best of 10.45.
Redshirt senior Meghan Burggraf also ran the final race of her collegiate career under the Hodges Stadium lights on Thursday. The five-time Big South 800-meter champion clocked an 800 time of 2:07.44, the second-fastest outdoor mark of her career. That placed fifth in her heat and 34th in the opening round of the event.
Friday's opening event will be the men's hammer at 10 a.m. However, Liberty's day will not begin until 3:30 p.m., when junior Jennifer Nicholson throws the discus.