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Galeone's Record Highlights Big South Day One
Liberty redshirt senior Elliot Galeone broke both the Liberty and facility javelin records with his winning throw of 229-5 on Thursday at VMI's Read Memorial Track. His effort, along with Dacia Bushman's victory in the women's 10K, highlighted the Flames' opening day at the 2011 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Through four events, Liberty's four-time defending champion men's squad sits in fourth place with 19 points. Coastal Carolina owns the early lead, tallying 43 points on Thursday. Charleston Southern currently rests in the runner-up position with 25 markers.
Coastal Carolina also tops the women's standings, notching 57 points during the first four events. Liberty is second with 22 tallies.
Men's Day One Recap
Galeone got Liberty's day off to an auspicious start in the men's javelin, the morning's first event. His opening throw stretched the tape to 229-5, breaking his own school record of 226-9 set earlier this season at the Coastal Carolina.
The record-breaking heave also gave Galeone a lead he never relinquished in the event. Galeone went on to capture his first Big South javelin title by nearly three feet over 2010 Big South champion Jason Flanagan of Coastal Carolina.
Liberty scored a total of 14 points in the men's javelin, as Jacob DeValve added a sixth-place finish with a personal-best 188-11 toss and Geren Woodbridge finished eighth at 179-3 before beginning the decathlon.
The Flames' other five points on Thursday also came on the throwing field high atop Foster Stadium. Ryan Smith netted a fourth-place finish in the men's hammer, thanks to a personal-best 184-10 effort.
Woodbridge, seeking his first Big South decathlon championship, sits in second place through Thursday's five disciplines. His 3,533 points put him 64 points behind VMI's Antonio Wood. Woodbridge's top event thus far has been the shot put, where he led all of the decathletes with a personal-best 44-6.25 effort.
Teammate Drew Edwards closed the day's decathlon competition with the fastest 400-meter clocking, 50.19 seconds. He sits in sixth place with 3,234 points, entering Friday's final five events.
Women's Day One Recap
Bushman made a decisive move to the lead with eight laps remaining in the women's 10K Thursday evening and never looked back. She went on to claim her first Big South outdoor event title in dominating fashion. Bushman's winning time, 36:55.27, put her 22 seconds in front of High Point's Emily Webb, the race runner-up.
Christina Mitchell had a busy and successful day for the Lady Flames. She started out by earning All-Big South honors with a third-place finish in the javelin. Her top throw was 126-6.
Mitchell also ranks in second place through four heptathlon events, with 2,941 points. Her season-best 5-4.25 high jump was the best mark among the eight heptathletes.
Mitchell was not the only Lady Flame to score points in the javelin on Thursday. Fellow multi-event athlete Krystle Matthews captured eighth place with a 118-9 toss.
Alyssa Pegues, the reigning Big South indoor champion in the women's long jump, placed fourth in a very competitive long jump on Thursday. She established a new personal best with her 18-9.75 leap, but trailed a trio of 19-foot jumpers. That ranks the junior No. 7 in program history and is the best outdoor long jump mark by a Lady Flame since 2006.
Action will resume at 11 a.m. Friday morning, with the decathlon 110 hurdles. The heptathlon long jump will be the day's first women's event, set for a noon start time.