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Liberty Men and Women Go Into Day Two Leading After First Day of New Balance Big South Indoor Track Championships
The Liberty University men's and women's indoor track team go into day two of the New Balance Big South Indoor Track Championships on top. The Flames' men posted 72 points on the day, while the Lady Flames notched 66 points on Friday.
On the men's side, Radford is currently second with 57 points with VMI picking up the No. 3 spot with 31 points. Charleston Southern found itself in the fourth spot with 29 points with High Point notching the No. 5 position with 20 points. Sitting in sixth place is Winthrop with 15 points, while UNC Asheville rounds out the list with nine points.
For the women, CCU is currently second with 66 points, with Radford (33 points) and Winthrop (31 points) rounding out the top four. Sitting at No. 5 is High Point with 20 points, coming in sixth with 18 points is Charleston Southern, with UNC Asheville and VMI each notching eight points to end the first day tied at No. 7
The Liberty women picked up the first win of the day in the women's heptathlon as Arlene Zelinskas notched 3,345 points to take home the gold. Jasmine Jones-Green of High Point posted a second place finish with 3,255 points and Octavia Best from Charleston Southern rounded out the top three with 3,117 points.
In the second final of the day, the women's 3,000 meters, Coastal Carolina's Felicitas Mensing finished first with a time of 9:56, while teammate Anne Marie Moutsinga finished second with a run of 10:02. Carol Jefferson ran her way onto the podium with a time of 10:06 to finish third in the event.
In the first final of the day for the men, the 3,000 meters, Liberty's Josh McDougal set a Big South Championship meet record with a time of 7:59 to finish first for the second straight year. Teammate and brother Jordan McDougal came in second with a time of 8:27. Rounding out the top three was Derek Nakluski of High Point with a time of 8:28.
Tiffany Evans of Radford took home first place in the shot put with a toss of 14.57 meters. In second place was Sara Lewis of Winthrop with a throw of 13.87 meters, while Coastal Carolina's Brittany Reid's toss of 13.86 meters was good for third.
Chasity Johnson of Coastal Carolina won her second straight Big South title in the long jump with a provisional qualifying leap of 6.10 meters. In second place was Shemelia Brandon of Radford with a jump of 5.86 meters. Winthrop's Nicole Tucker rounded out the top three in the long jump with a mark of 5.63 meters.
In the final of the women's high jump, Liberty's Arlene Zelinskas and Kena Butts each jumped a height of 1.68 meters to finish in a tie for first. High Point's Casey Gillingham of High Point also cleared 1.68 meters, however, a previous miss at an earlier height that Zelinskas and Butts both cleared, left her in third place.
The men's pole vault finished up with Liberty's Brandon Hoskins in first place with a vault of 4.55 meters. Richard Bracken of Charleston Southern cleared 4.40 meters to finish second and Tyler Tucker of VMI came in third with a mark of 3.95 meters.
In the men's long jump, freshman Taili Evans notched the top leap at 7.10 meters, with Radford's Larry Evans posting a second place jump of 6.95 meters. Charleston's Southern's Antonio Gantt earned the third spot on the podium with a mark of 6.89 meters.
The men's high jump finished up with Daniel Oseth of Radford on the podium in the No. 1 spot with a jump of 2.04 meters. CSU's Gantt landed No. 2 with leap of 2.04 meters with Evans rounding out the top three with a mark of 1.99 meters.
Another meet record fell as James Nixon of Radford tossed a mark of 16.23 in men's shot put to finish first. Clendon Henderson of Liberty finished second in the event with a throw of 14.75 meters and Brian Richotte of Radford finished third with a mark of 14.40 meters.
In the women's distance medley, Liberty's JoAnn Welch, Jennifer Ward, Sarah Roberts and Reyna Quiroz brought home the gold for the Flames with a time of 12:35. Finishing second was UNC Asheville's Ingred Allstaedt, Morgan Weeks, Ericka Walker and Emily Mase with a run of 12:37. Rounding out the top three were HPU's Kate Atkinson, Jasmine Jones-Green, Cheryl Guiney and Shauna Marsh with a time of 12:43.
In the final event of the day, the men's distance medley, Winthrop's Justin Meade, Brandon Galbraith, Derrick Zinnerman and Brad Orr finished first with a time of 10:18. In second were HPU's Danel Slaydon, Gino Agnetti, Ishamel Josiah, and Tamas Kovacs with a run of 10:20. Finishing third was Radford's Sean Bossman, Jordan Wynder, Eric Joyce and Joel Hanlon with a time of 10:28.
The 2006 New Balance Big South Indoor Track and Field Championships will continue tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8:30pm. The Big South Conference will have live stats on its website, BigSouthSports.com, while fans can also watch the event live on the Big South EDGE, presented by Aeropostale.