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Big South Track Championship Blog: Day 2

April 18, 2008  Rock Hill, S.C.  RSS
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Jordan McDougal will run in Friday's final event, the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase. The gun is scheduled to go off at 7:45 p.m.

Jordan McDougal will run in Friday's final event, the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase. The gun is scheduled to go off at 7:45 p.m.

From the press box overlooking Winthrop's Irwin Belk Track, LibertyFlames.com will provide live updates throughout the three days of the 2008 New Balance Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Please see below for other ways to follow all of the action.

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The most recent posts will be located at the just below this italicized message. You may need to refresh the page periodically to view the latest updates. Feel free to email pjcarmany@liberty.edu with any comments, questions or suggestions. Thanks!

Men's Team Standings (Through Six Events--End Day Two):
1) Liberty - 98
2) Coastal Carolina - 51
3) Radford - 29
4) VMI - 25
5) High Point - 19
6) Winthrop - 12

Women's Team Standings (Through Eight Events--End Day Two):
1) Coastal Carolina - 99
2) Liberty - 64
2) Charleston Southern - 62
4) Radford - 36
5) Winthrop - 26
6) VMI - 13
7) High Point - 7
8) UNC Asheville - 1

8:30 p.m. - Due to some severe weather forecasted for the Rock Hill area tomorrow afternoon, the schedule has been revised slightly. In addition to the women's javelin, the men's discus, men's high jump and men's pole vault will all start at 10 a.m. now. Running events have not been affected. They will still begin with the women's 4 x 100 relay at noon.

8:12 p.m. - We're wrapped up on day two of the 2008 New Balance Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, but Liberty track & field is not done for the day.

Tonight at 12:52 a.m. Eastern (9:52 p.m. Pacific), Liberty senior 14-time All-American Josh McDougal will run the 5,000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. Last season, he blazed a 13:20.43 at the meet, ranking as the fifth-fastest collegiate performer of all-time.

His race will be broadcast LIVE by Flocasts.org. The webcast is accessible by clicking here.

LibertyFlames.com will feature a story about McDougal's race later this evening.

We will also be back for day three of the Big South meet, slated to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with the women's javelin.

Have a good Friday night! Thanks for reading.

8:05 p.m. - We have official steeplechase times:

1) Evans Kigen, Liberty - 8:52.90 (Big South Meet Record, No. 2 Liberty Performer All-Time)
2) Jordan McDougal, Liberty - 8:58.84 (NCAA East Regional Qualifier, No. 4 Liberty Performer All-Time)
3) Jarvis Jelen, Liberty - 9:08.36 (IC4A Qualifier)

On the strength of their performances, Liberty takes a 47-point lead into day three. Team standings are updated above.

7:58 p.m. - Liberty sweeps the All-Big South honors in the steeplechase, as it is Kigen, McDougal and Jelen go 1-2-3. Kigen appears to have broken the meet record.

7:55 p.m. - The bell is sounding in Rock Hill, and Kigen and McDougal have broken away. Kigen's split is 7:44. Jelen is closing on Cowart for third.

7:53 p.m. - We are down to three laps left, and it looks like a three-person race between Kigen, Cowart and McDougal. Kigen has opened a five-meter advantage and McDougal just edged past Cowart for second.

7:50 p.m. - With five laps remaining in the men's steeplechase, VMI's Donnie Cowart holds a slight lead on Evans Kigen. Jordan McDougal is third, closing on the leaders. Jarvis Jelen sits fifth, 15 meters back.

7:43 p.m. - I'll update the women's team standings, once the steeplechase results are officially processed. The Lady Flames will be in second place entering Saturday.

I'll also update the men's steeplechase, about to start. This should be a good event for Liberty, with Evans Kigen, Jarvis Jelen and Jordan McDougal all in the field. Kigen has the conference's fastest time of the season, 9:06.27.

7:40 p.m. - Mensing cruises home in 10:51.90, claiming her second career Big South steeplechase championship. Newby was passed by Stafford and Sinclair on the next-to-last lap and takes home fourth place. Her official time is 11:22.19.

7:37 p.m. - We only have 800 meters left, and Mensing's advantage is still growing. Newby is locked in a fierce battle with VMI's Stafford for second place. 8:15 is their split.

7:34 p.m. - With one mile remaining, Mensing is in complete control, holding an 11-second lead over Newby, who is now second. VMI's Kelsey Stafford and Radford's Ashlyn Sinclair are right behind Newby.

7:31 p.m. - Felicitas Mensing quickly breaks to the front. With six laps left, she has a 10-meter lead. Piper Newby is in fourth.

7:22 p.m. - In eight minutes, the final women's event of the day, the 3,000-meter steeplechase, will take the track. The race will feature the 2006 conference champion and meet record holder, Felicitas Mensing of Coastal Carolina, and last year's winner, Liberty senior Piper Newby. I'll try to provide a couple updates during the race.

7:15 p.m. - Two Flames are running the men's 200-meter dash--Jacey Bailey and Phil Leineweber. Bailey is up in the first heat, along with defending champion Michael Rhue of Charleston Southern. Leineweber is in the third heat.

Heat 1 - Bailey got off to a strong start around the curve, but ended up fifth in 22.62 seconds.

Heat 3 - In a blanket finish, Leineweber is awarded second place, in 22.18 seconds. Second through fifth were separated by just .04 seconds, but Leineweber's lean got him into the final for the second consecutive year.

7:05 p.m. - The women's pole vault has concluded, and it was dominated by Coastal Carolina and Liberty. The Chanticleers built their lead in the team standings after claiming the top two spots. Claire Young set a new facility record at 11-9.

Erin Hudson of the Lady Flames earned All-Big South honors for the first time in her career. She claimed third place with a season-best 9-5.75 clearance. Emily Funderburke was fifth, at 8-11.75.

Liberty is still third, but only two points behind Charleston Southern now. The standings above have been updated. Only one more women's event final remains tonight--the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

7 p.m. - Charlene Hibbert is one of three Lady Flames getting ready for the women's 200-meter dash. She placed fourth in the event last season, but will be challenged by a slew of fast Charleston Southern and Coastal Carolina sprinters. Hibbert and Andrea Beckles are listed in the opening heat, with Chenoa Freeman entered in heat three. The top two finishers in each section will automatically qualify to the final, along with the next two best times. Defending champion and meet record holder Dionne Gibson of Charleston Southern is in the second heat.

Heat 1 - Hibbert is edged at the finish line by Coastal's Ikeiylah Brown, 24.98 to 25.02. Beckles is third in 25.14 and will see if her time holds up.

Heat 3 - Freeman's time is 25.44, good for fourth in the heat but not good enough to make the final. Beckles gets into the final, though, as the eighth qualifier.

Hibbert and Beckles will represent Liberty in Saturday's 200-meter dash final, scheduled for 2:50 p.m.

6:35 p.m. - A trio of Liberty men's 400-meter hurdlers are entered in the first of two heats--Ben Handon, Chris Hibbert and Brandon Hoskins. The opening heat also features two past conference champions in the event--Hoskins (2005) and Coastal Carolina's Tyrone Murphy (2006).

Heat 1 - Hoskins looks good in his first attempt at the 400-meter hurdles this season, running a 54.49 to finish second behind Murphy's 53.62. Hibbert also makes the final with his third-place finish. He won a tight battle at the line with his time of 56.20. Handon's 56.34 effort might be good enough to get to the final, after he claimed fourth in the heat.

Handon's time does hold up as the final qualifier to Saturday's final. So, Liberty will have three 400-meter finalists at 2:40 p.m. tomorrow, all of whose surnames begin with "H"--Hoskins, Hibbert and Handon.

6:20 p.m. - Liberty junior Ashley Teer is now running the prelims of the women's 400-meter hurdles. Since she is in the second of two heats, she knows she can guarantee a spot in the final by running 1:10.65 or faster.

Teer is in the final. Normally an 800-meter specialist, she finished fifth in the heat by running 1:10.53.

6:15 p.m. - I apologize. I've completely neglected the women's pole vault, which is taking place right in front of me. I'll post if I see any Liberty women clear a bar.

6:05 p.m. - Next up on the track is the men's 800-meter run trials, which will consist of three sections. Liberty's Matt Gregory is in the first heat and Kevin Correa is in heat two.

Heat 1 - Gregory clocks a season-best 1:58.03 but finishes sixth in his heat, which was won by High Point senior Jeff Williams.

Heat 2 - Correa runs a gutsy race, making a big move on the backstretch of the second lap, before finishing fourth in 1:56.64. That is a new personal-best time for the Liberty senior.

Correa will not qualify for the final, however.

5:50 p.m. - We've reached one of the most-anticipated races at the Big South meet, the women's 800-meter run. It will feature three heats, but should boil down to a showdown between Liberty and High Point. The Lady Flames have three top qualifiers--two-time defending champion Jaime Watson, Rebekah Ricksecker and Kati Albright--while High Point has Andrea Bolyki and Sumiyya Hunter entered.

Heat 1 - Watson leads the first lap in 1:06. She then cruises to victory over Bolyki, running a 2:15.61. She will get a chance to run for her third straight Big South outdoor 800-meter title on Saturday.

Heat 2 - Hunter pushes the pace from the get-go and wins the middle heat in a time of 2:15.95.

Heat 3 - Three of the six runners in heat three are sporting white Liberty tops--Ricksecker, Albright and Rod'Esther Castor. The top two finishers will advance to the final, while anyone hoping to qualify on time will have to run faster than 2:19.36.

Halfway through the race, Albright and Ricksecker are side-by-side, right behind High Point's Joya Canfield. Ricksecker and Albright finish first and second, but Albright has been disqualified for a lane infraction. Castor placed third in 2:25.35, but will not advance.

Watson and Ricksecker will run in Saturday's final, along with High Point standouts Bolyki and Hunter. Ricksecker was the top qualifier, in 2:13.70.

5:25 p.m. - Both Liberty sprinters, Jacey Bailey and Durell Cull, will compete in the second of two heats of the men's 100-meter dash.

Heat 2 - After a false start, we're off. Cull finished second at the line with an IC4A-qualifying time of 10.81. Bailey was fourth in 10.93, but will be the final qualifier for Saturday's final on time.

The women's pole vault will start shortly, and the Lady Flames will be represented by Piper Newby, Erin Hudson and Emily Funderburke. Only eight total vaulters are entered.

5:10 p.m. - The results are coming fast and furious right now. Andrea Beckles made the finals of the women's 100-meter dash, after finishing second in the opening heat. Her time was 11.97 seconds.

Newell's winning score in the decathlon was 6,709. He won by 445 points over Coastal Carolina's Jack Hutchison. Tarr claimed fifth place with 5,432 markers.

Newell is the third different Flames competitor to win the Big South decathlon crown in the last three seasons and the sixth Liberty athlete to capture the decathlon title in the last nine years.

Final Decathlon Standings:
1) Daniel Newell, Liberty - 6,709
2) Jack Hutchison, Coastal Carolina - 6,264
3) Steve Harmon, Coastal Carolina - 5,687
4) Tyler Tucker, VMI - 5,477
5) Matt Tarr, Liberty - 5,432
6) Kevin Richards, Radford - 5,377
7) Michael Munson, VMI - 5,339
8) Alex Levy, Coastal Carolina - 5,279

5:05 p.m. - The shot put was a big event for the Liberty men's team, as Jon Hart won with a meet-record heave of 56-7.5, Clendon Henderson was second at 55-11.75 and Andrew Bartels took sixth with a 48-6.75. Hart and Henderson swept the top two spots for the second straight year. With 21 team points, the Flames now lead Coastal Carolina, 60-34, as reflected above.

5 p.m. - We are now in the midst of the decathlon 1,500-meter run, the 10th and final event of the two-day competition. Newell can relax and win the Big South title, while Matt Tarr will have to battle for placing. He's in the midst of a three-way battle for fourth with VMI's Tyler Tucker and Coastal Carolina's Alex Levy.

Radford's Kevin Richards wins the 1,500 for the decathlon in 4:47.51. Tarr passes Tucker at the line, but it won't be enough. Tarr will end up fifth place in the final overall standings, which will follow shortly.

4:50 p.m. - The men's shot put meet record ended up changing hands a total of four times. In the end, Liberty senior Jon Hart defended his Big South title and reclaimed the meet record on his final throw, which stretched the tape to 56-7.5. Full results will come shortly.

4:45 p.m. - We will now have three heats of the men's 400-meter dash. Phil Leineweber and Cleveland Edwards are the Flames' representatives, running in heats one and two, respectively.

The top five finishers from the 2007 Big South outdoor 400-meter final are back this year, headed by Charleston Southern's Michael Rhue, the three-time defending champion. Leineweber came in fourth a season ago.

Heat 1 - Leineweber comes in second behind Rhue, after running a season-best 48.01 seconds. Rhue eased up in the final meters, clocking a 47.45.

Heat 2 - Edwards, a freshman, finished sixth place in 52.00 seconds.

Leineweber will run in tomorrow afternoon's 400-meter final at 1:35 p.m.

4:35 p.m. - Daniel Newell threw the second-farthest javelin among the decathletes, 147-6. He will enter the final event, the 1,500-meter run owning a 494-point advantage over Coastal Carolina's Jack Hutchison.

Matt Tarr, who threw the javelin 134-10, is fifth with one event left. He's within striking distance of fourth-place Tyler Tucker of VMI, trailing by only 46 points.

Updated Men's Decathlon Standings (Through Nine Events):
1) Daniel Newell, Liberty - 6,248
2) Jack Hutchison, Coastal Carolina - 5,754
3) Steve Harmon, Coastal Carolina - 5.097
4) Tyler Tucker, VMI - 4,974
5) Matt Tarr, Liberty - 4,928
6) Alex Levy, Coastal Carolina - 4,915
7) Michael Munson, VMI - 4,818
8) Kevin Richards, Radford - 4,743

4:25 p.m. - Henderson's shot put meet record was short-lived. Winthrop's Travis Coleman set a new meet and facility standard on the final throw of the prelims, 54-10.75. I'll try to keep an eye on the finals. Now, though, we're running the women's 400-meter prelims. We will have two heats.

Heat 1 - Charlene Hibbert, running in lane 7, comfortably qualified for the final. She took second place in 57.21 seconds. The heat winner, Coastal Carolina freshman Vondeeshia Humphries, set a new Big South meet record with her 54.41 clocking.

Heat 2 - We have two Lady Flames in the second heat. Chenoa Freeman powers down the homestretch for a second-place finish. Her time was a season-best 56.03. Brittany Heath was fifth in the heat in 58.79 seconds, but will also qualify for the final on time.

4:20 p.m. - Clendon Henderson has just set a new meet record in the shot put, 54-4.5. The previous record of 54-0 was set last year by his teammate and classmate, Jon Hart. The competition continues through the second flight.

3:55 p.m. - The decathletes have now completed the pole vault and are headed to event No. 9, the javelin. Once again, Daniel Newell posted the best height, a season-high effort of 14-5.25. He is now 440 points ahead of second-place Jack Hutchison of Coastal Carolina.

Matt Tarr is now sixth in the decathlon standings with 4,470 points, just 10 points out of fourth. He pole vaulted 12-1.5.

Updated Men's Decathlon Standings (Through Eight Events):
1) Daniel Newell, Liberty - 5,734
2) Jack Hutchison, Coastal Carolina - 5,294
3) Steve Harmon, Coastal Carolina - 4,602
4) Tyler Tucker, VMI - 4,480
5) Michael Munson, VMI - 4,472
6) Matt Tarr, Liberty - 4,470
7) Kevin Richards, Radford - 4,428
8) Alex Levy, Coastal Carolina - 4,389

The men are now warming up for the second flight of the shot put. I'll see if I can catch any of Jon Hart or Clendon Henderson's throws. Next running event on the track is the women's 400-meter dash, scheduled for 4:25.

3:50 p.m. - The prelims are about to start in the women's 100-meter hurdles. JoEllyn Graham is Liberty's only entrant, and she will run in the second of two heats. The top three hurdlers in each heat will advance to Saturday's final, as will the next two best times.

Heat 2 - Graham ran a season-best 100-meter hurdle time of 16.01 seconds, but finished fifth in her heat and will not advance to the final.

Aghaji's official winning clearance in the high jump was a season-best height of 5-3.75. With her 10 points, Liberty remains in third place with 49 team points after six events. Coastal Carolina retook the lead from Charleston Southern, 68 to 61. Team scores are updated above.

3:35 p.m. - Aghaji was unable to high jump at 5-6, after aggravating an injury during her successful attempt at 5-4. None of the other three women made it over 5-6 either, ending the competition. Since Aghaji had no misses, she wins the competition with just one jump. Coastal Carolina freshman Kandisa Allicock was second. Full results will follow shortly.

The decathletes just finished pole vaulting and will now prepare for the javelin.

3:25 p.m. - Mia Aghaji came in at 5-4 and cleared on her first attempt. She's one of four high jumpers left, as the bar is raised to 5-6. Coastal Carolina freshman Kandisa Allicock is the only other jumper who went over 5-4 on her first try. Chanticleer Elisha Tegeder and CSU's Bridgette Copeland are both alive at 5-6 as well.

3:10 p.m. - Yes, the decathletes are still pole vaulting. Daniel Newell is among the vaulters still alive in the competition.

All seven high jumpers are still alive through 5-2. We'll move up to 5-4. Coastal Carolina heptathletes Elisha Tegeder and Mikaela Terry, Charleston Southern's Christi English and Radford's Kaylor Vaughn were all clean at 5-2.

The men's shot put is now 20 minutes away, featuring Liberty seniors Jon Hart and Clendon Henderson.

3:05 p.m. - Only seven jumpers were able to clear 5-0. Neither Matthews nor Olson were able to do so. No sign of Mia Aghaji. Either she is passing to 5-2 or is not competing today. Sorry I don't have better information on her at this time. If she is not competing, Liberty is out of the high jump, but Olson and Matthews will be part of a tie for eighth place.

2:48 p.m. - We're up to 5-0 in the women's high jump, and all competitors remain in the competition. Matthews and Olson are still clean. Aghaji has not jumped yet, but will surely come in at this height.

2:40 p.m. - Only one woman missed at 4-8, as UNC Asheville's Corrie Trotter needed two attempts to get over the bar. Both Krystle Matthews and Tristyn Olson of Liberty easily went over on their first try. Mia Aghaji hasn't entered the competition yet, as the bar moves to 4-10.

2:35 p.m. - The women's high jump has begun. The opening height was 4-6, and Liberty's Krystle Matthews made a comfortable clearance on her opening attempt. Only three jumpers attempted at 4-6, and the bar has quickly been raised to 4-8.

2:05 p.m. - The Charleston Southern women's team, seeking its first-ever Big South outdoor track & field team title, is the current leader after Jocelyn Davis and Marie Doan finished first and second, respectively, in the recently completed shot put. The Lady Buccaneers own a 53-51 edge over Coastal Carolina. Full up-to-date team standings may be found above.

Defending champion Liberty is third with 39 points, after five events have been completed. The Lady Flames picked up a point in the shot put, on the strength of Sheronica Henton's 37-6 heave. Henton, who also competed in the heptathlon, can now get some well-deserved rest on another warm, sunny afternoon in Rock Hill.

The decathletes continue on in the pole vault, with Jack Hutchison of Coastal Carolina now up on the runway.

The women's high jump final will get underway at 2:30 p.m., approximately 25 minutes from now. Fourteen athletes are entered, including Liberty freshmen Mia Aghaji, Krystle Matthews and Tristyn Olson. Aghaji is one of four Big South jumpers who have cleared 5-3 this season and is the reigning conference indoor champion.

I'll attempt to track the women's high jump, once it gets started. The next running event will not begin until 3:45, when the gun goes off for the women's 100-meter hurdles prelims.

1:30 p.m. - Below are the final heptathlon results. Liberty's 2-4-6 finish has moved the Lady Flames past Charleston Southern and into second place overall in the women's team standings. Liberty trails Coastal Carolina by eight points through four events.

The next women's final is the shot put, currently taking place on the infield.

The men's decathletes are in the early stages of the pole vault. It appears the vaulters are attempting 10-5 at this time.

Final Heptathlon Results:
1) Elisha Tegeder, Coastal Carolina - 4,151
2) Krystle Matthews, Liberty - 4,011
3) Channel Futrell, Charleston Southern - 3,905
4) Jennifer Healey, Liberty - 3,773
5) Octavia Best, Charleston Southern - 3,605
6) Sheronica Henton, Liberty - 3,574
7) Mikaela Terry, Coastal Carolina - 3,402
8) Briauna Lowery, High Point - 3,199
9) Lauren Watts, Coastal Carolina - 3,021

1:15 p.m. - Here we go in the 800 meters, the seventh and final event for the nine heptathletes. A solid run will make freshman Krystle Matthews Liberty's first female Big South champion of this meet.

Jennifer Healey of Liberty leads the first lap in 1:12. Matthews is slighly behind Tegeder.

Healey wins the race easily in 2:29.96, but Tegeder has finished 14 seconds ahead of Matthews and will win the Big South heptathlon crown. Matthews will end up second. Official final heptathlon results will be forthcoming.

1 p.m. - We have a new leader in the heptathlon, entering the final event, the 800 meters. Krystle Matthews led all competitors with a 109-6 javelin toss, moving past Coastal's Elisha Tegeder and into first place overall. Matthews leads Tegeder, 3,542 to 3,521.

Sheronica Henton also had a strong performance in the javelin, placing third at 79-7. She is now fourth overall with 3,139 points.

Matthews will need to stay within two seconds of Tegeder in the 800 meters to retain first place. The duo finished 1-2 in the Big South indoor pentathlon in February.

The 800 is set for a 1:10 p.m. start.

Updated Women's Heptathlon Standings (Through Six Events):
1) Krystle Matthews, Liberty - 3,542
2) Elisha Tegeder, Coastal Carolina - 3,521
3) Channel Futrell, Charleston Southern - 3,308
4) Sheronica Henton, Liberty - 3,139
5) Octavia Best, Charleston Southern - 3,098
6) Jennifer Healey, Liberty - 3,080
7) Mikaela Terry, Coastal Carolina - 2,770
8) Briauna Lowery, High Point - 2,689
9) Lauren Watts, Coastal Carolina - 2,680

12:45 p.m. - The eight men's decathletes are through with the discus. Daniel Newell won for the fifth time in the first seven events, tossing the discus 106-10. Matt Tarr's 83-1 throw ranked him sixth.

Newell leads Jack Huchison by 354 points now, 5,003 to 4,649. Tarr bumped back up to fifth place, with 3,935 points.

The pole vault is up next. Tyler Tucker of VMI, who ranks eighth overall, should move upwards in this event. He is the defending Big South pole vault champion.

The heptathlon javelin just completed, leaving the competitors with only the 800-meter run remaining. We'll get an updated outlook entering the final event shortly.

Updated Men's Decathlon Standings (Through Seven Events):
1) Daniel Newell, Liberty - 5,003
2) Jack Hutchison, Coastal Carolina - 4,649
3) Kevin Richards, Radford - 4,071
4) Michael Munson, VMI - 3,963
5) Matt Tarr, Liberty - 3,935
6) Steve Harmon, Coastal Carolina - 3,929
7) Alex Levy, Coastal Carolina - 3,827
8) Tyler Tucker, VMI - 3,807

12:10 p.m. - We now have heptathlon long jump results. Liberty freshman Jennifer Healey landed at 16-4.5 on her third and final attempt, aided by a 2.5 m/s tailwind. Hers was the best leap of the Lady Flames' trio of heptathletes and third overall. Krystle Matthews was the fifth-best long jumper at 15-11.5, while Sheronica Henton was eighth at 14-10.5.

Elisha Tegeder of Coastal Carolina, the day one leader, bolstered her advantage in the long jump with a 17-1.5 effort. She now leads Matthews, 3,278 to 3,001, with two disciplines left.

The javelin is up next, at 12:20 p.m. This is one of Matthews' best events.

At the throwing cage, the men's decathletes are now underway in the discus.

Women's Heptathlon Standings (Through Five Events):
1) Elisha Tegeder, Coastal Carolina - 3,278
2) Krystle Matthews, Liberty - 3,001
3) Octavia Best, Charleston Southern - 2,929
4) Jennifer Healey, Liberty - 2,905
5) Channel Futrell, Charleston Southern - 2,878
6) Sheronica Henton, Liberty - 2,770
7) Briauna Lowery, High Point - 2,689
8) Mikaela Terry, Coastal Carolina - 2,587
9) Lauren Watts, Coastal Carolina - 2,394

11:45 a.m. - The women's heptathletes are taking their third and final jumps. I'll post results as soon as they are provided.

One of Liberty's heptathletes, Sheronica Henton, will have a busy afternoon. Not only is she long jumping, throwing the javelin and running the 800 meters, but she is also the Lady Flames' only athlete entered in the open shot put. Henton had the best shot put among the heptathletes yesterday, by far.

11:40 a.m. - Hutchison cut into Newell's decathlon lead after his victory in the 110-meter hurdles, but the Liberty junior is still on top by 287 points with four events remaining.

Tarr's hurdle time was the seventh-fastest clocking overall, and he fell from fourth place to the sixth spot. The third through sixth-place decathletes are separated by only 47 points.

The decathletes will head to the discus next, starting at approximately 12:05 p.m.

Men's Decathlon Standings (Through Six Events):
1) Daniel Newell, Liberty - 4,488
2) Jack Hutchison, Coastal Carolina - 4,201
3) Steve Harmon, Coastal Carolina - 3,609
4) Michael Munson, VMI - 3,586
5) Kevin Richards, Radford - 3,572
6) Matt Tarr, Liberty - 3,562
7) Alex Levy, Coastal Carolina - 3,506
8) Tyler Tucker - VMI - 3,339

11:30 a.m. - The men's decathlon 110-meter hurdles will be run in two sections. Matt Tarr is in the first heat and Daniel Newell will line up in the second. Also running the second heat is Coastal Carolina's Jack Hutchison, the current runner-up in the decathlon standings. Hutchison is a very good hurdler.

Section 1 - Michael Munson of VMI wins the first heat in 16.87 seconds. Matt Tarr is third in 17.74.

Section 2 - Hutchison leads from the opening gun, running the fastest overall time, 15.09. Newell is a solid second in 15.99.

Updated decathlon standings will follow shortly.

11:15 a.m. - Let's review how the decathlon and heptathlon standings look, with five events left for the decathletes and three disciplines remaining for the heptathletes.

Men's Decathlon Standings Through Five Events (End Day One):
1) Daniel Newell, Liberty - 3,754
2) Jack Hutchison, Coastal Carolina - 3,362
3) Steve Harmon, Coastal Carolina - 3,082
4) Matt Tarr, Liberty - 3,013
5) Michael Munson, VMI - 2,948
6) Kevin Richards, Radford - 2,937
7) Alex Levy, Coastal Carolina - 2,901
8) Tyler Tucker, VMI - 2,740

Women's Heptathlon Standings Through Four Events (End Day One):
1) Elisha Tegeder, Coastal Carolina - 2,658
2) Krystle Matthews, Liberty - 2,479
3) Jennifer Healey, Liberty - 2,348
4) Channel Futrell, Charleston Southern - 2,343
5) Sheronica Henton, Liberty - 2,334
6) Octavia Best, Charleston Southern - 2,315
7) Mikaela Terry, Coastal Carolina - 2,223
8) Briauna Lowery, High Point - 2,189
9) Lauren Watts, Coastal Carolina - 1,948

10:55 a.m. - Day Two Preview – Eight more Big South champions will be crowned today, as the following events will be completed (decathlon, men's shot put, men's 3,000-meter steeplechase, heptathlon, women's shot put, women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, women's high jump and women's pole vault).

The afternoon will also feature a myriad of running event prelims, which will determine the qualifiers to Saturday's finals.

With everything going on today and tomorrow, I can't guarantee I'll be able to post all results in my blog, but I will be sure to list all of Liberty's efforts. For complete results, please click the above "Live Results" link, as Cleon Fowler of CFPI timing is doing a wonderful job of uploading results to the Internet in a timely fashion.

I'll continue to complement the results with description of each competition, records set, etc. I'll also keep updating the running team scores as the day progresses. As was the case yesterday, please feel free to email me at the above address with any specific questions.

Here are a few things I'll be keeping my eye on today:
1) Can Daniel Newell wrap up his first career Big South decathlon record and can he take down teammate Brandon Hoskins' meet record in the process?

2) Will Krystle Matthews be able to reel in Coastal's Elisha Tegeder to claim the second Big South multi event title of her freshman season?

3) Will Liberty's talented senior throwers Jon Hart and Clendon Henderson be able to sweep the top two places in the men's shot put?

4) Can Mia Aghaji pull out a first-place finish in the women's high jump after doing so at the Big South Indoor Championships?

5) Who will win the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase in the showdown between 2006 champion Felicitas Mensing of Coastal Carolina and 2007 titlist Piper Newby of the Lady Flames?

6) How will the night's final event, the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase, turn out? It could prove to be one of the most competitive races of the meet, with Liberty's Jarvis Jelen, Evans Kigen and Jordan McDougal all expected to be in the mix.

Things will get started at 11:30 a.m. At that time, the sixth decathlon event, the 110-meter hurdles, will take place. Also at 11:30, the heptathlon will resume with the long jump.

Stay tuned!