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Galeone Finishes 17th in NCAA Javelin
Two Liberty Flames competed on a sweltering opening day of the 2011 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Wednesday at Drake Stadium. Elliot Galeone placed 17th in the men's javelin, while Kolby Shepherd tied for 20th in the men's pole vault.
With their efforts, both Galeone and Shepherd netted the first honorable mention All-America notations of their respective careers.
Competing in the final meet of his stellar collegiate career, Galeone made a marked improvement upon his showing at last year's NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The redshirt senior's second throw landed at 222-9, which was good for 17th place. It was also just 18 inches shy of defeating Monmouth's Vincent DuVernois, the competition's final second-team All-America qualifier.
Shepherd, a redshirt junior, battled a couple different forms of adversity during his debut appearance at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. First, one of his pole vault poles snapped in half during one of Shepherd's initial warm-up attempts.
Using a different pole, Shepherd was still able to make an easy clearance at the opening height of 16-4.75. However, a pop-up rainstorm hit just as he was preparing to make his first attempt at 16-10.75. The Georgia native was unsuccessful on all three tries at that height and ended the competition in a three-way tie for 20th place.
Sam Chelanga will now attempt to defend his NCAA national title in the 10K Thursday evening, beginning at 9:50 p.m. Eastern. If successful, he would become the first back-to-back men's 10K national champion at this meet since Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's Shadrack Songok in 2007 and 2008.