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Klase Paces Flames on Day of Near Misses

May 29, 2015  Jacksonville, Fla.  RSS
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Daniel Klase wrapped up his career by placing 15th in the men's javelin on Friday.

Daniel Klase wrapped up his career by placing 15th in the men's javelin on Friday.

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Senior Daniel Klase placed 15th in the men's javelin at the 2015 NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, Friday at Hodges Stadium. His performance headlined a group of four Flames who finished in the top 20 but just outside the 12 qualifying berths to the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in their respective events.

Additionally, senior Abigail Flower finished just one hundredth of a second away from qualifying to Saturday's quarterfinal round of the women's 200 dash.

Klase reached 218-5 on what turned out to be the final javelin attempt of his collegiate career. That left the Pennsylvania native three places and 27 inches away from a trip to Eugene for the NCAA national meet. It marked Klase's second straight near miss in the javelin at this event, as he came in 14th at the 2014 NCAA Division I East Preliminary round meet.

Teammate Steve Feister followed in 16th place, as the Big South men's javelin champion stretched the tape to 216-5 on his third throw.

Flower's 200 dash time of 23.72 seconds placed fifth in her heat and 25th overall, one spot behind the final qualifier to Saturday's quarterfinals, North Carolina A&T's India Brown at 23.71. Flower previously missed out on the 100 dash quarterfinals by the same razor-thin margin of one hundredth of a second during Thursday's competition.

One day after placing 21st in the women's shot put, redshirt junior Mychelle Cumings took 19th place in the women's discus. Her opening throw of 163-6 put her just three feet shy of making her second career trip to Eugene for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Redshirt junior Fred Fulton made a solid NCAA Preliminary Round debut, becoming the Flames' fourth top-20 finisher on the day. He hurled the discus 178-11 on his third attempt to place 20th overall.

Senior Kyle Wheeler and sophomore Zach Davis both topped out at 6-8.25 in the men's high jump. Wheeler closed out his career by tying for 23rd place, with first-attempt clearances at the first two heights. Meanwhile, Davis shared the 33rd position.

Junior Ken Ritchey recorded the second-best pole vault clearance of his career, 16-4.75, finishing in 24th place.

The third and final day of competition will begin Saturday at 1:30 p.m. with the women's hammer, an event which includes Lady Flames Jennifer Smith and Jocelyn Williams.