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IC4A/ECAC Outdoor Track Blog: Day 3

May 18, 2008  Princeton, N.J.  RSS
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Rebekah Ricksecker will run the ECAC 1,500-meter final at 12:15 p.m. today, after winning her preliminary heat in a new personal-best time yesterday.

Rebekah Ricksecker will run the ECAC 1,500-meter final at 12:15 p.m. today, after winning her preliminary heat in a new personal-best time yesterday.

From the bleachers at Princeton's William Weaver Track & Field Stadium in Princeton, N.J., LibertyFlames.com will provide live updates throughout the three days of the 2008 ECAC and IC4A Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Please see below for other ways to follow all of the action.

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1:20 p.m. - Unfortunately, it's started to rain, and even the overhang is not providing great protection from the water. So, I will have to cut the blog short. www.lancertiming.com has live updates, and I'll post my story on LibertyFlames.com at the conclusion of the meet. Thanks for reading.

1:05 p.m. - No more running events for the Flames today. So, we will track three field events and the scoreboard.

Clarence Powell is warming up for the IC4A triple jump finals in third place.

The IC4A shot put is underway. Jon Hart is in the second flight and Clendon Henderson in the third.

Matt Parker and Clarence Powell will start the high jump at 1:30.

Most importantly, Liberty still leads Georgetown by 14 points and Virginia by 17. Stay tuned!

12:55 p.m. - Looks like both a George Mason athlete and an Albany jumper have gone past Clarence Powell in the triple jump standings. Albany is having a nice meet. The Great Danes have 26 points right now, by my count, which puts them in fourth place.

Now, though, let's shift our focus to the final Lady Flame in action today, sophomore Chenoa Freeman of Liberty. She will run in lane 8 in the ECAC 400-meter final. Freeman posted a career-best 54.79 clocking yesterday, leaving her close to the 54.61 regional standard and the 54.68 school record.

Only 6 runners competing. Freeman finishes fifth in 55.37, her second-best career time. So, the Lady Flames will finish with 16 points for the ECAC meet. We'll have to wait a couple hours to see where they end up.

12:40 p.m. - Georgetown finishes 6th and Virginia 7th in the IC4A 110-meter hurdles, we think. They fired the gun several times during the latter half of the race. So, they may re-run the race.

Someone triple jumped 15.42 meters, so Clarence Powell is second place at best right now. The third and final flight is competing right now, which will be followed by the finals. Looks like the same athlete went 15.59 meters on his next attempt.

If the hurdles results hold up, it's Liberty 44, Georgetown 30, Virginia 27. Sounds like the hurdles results are official. They just announced them. It's getting fun, and we're still staying dry!

12:25 p.m. - Georgetown picks up a 7th-place finish in the IC4A 1,500-meter run. So, they move into second place overall, with 27 points. The Hoyas are still 17 points behind the Flames. 110 hurdles is up next.

12:20 p.m. - We're off in the ECAC 1,500-meter run.

400 meters - Ricksecker is in second, on the shoulder of the leader from West Virginia. They clock a 72 for the first lap. The West Virginia runner was the fastest qualifier, at 4:17.

800 meters - Nothing has changed up front. Nine runners remain in the lead pack, as the pace is slow. About 2:25.

1200 meters - The leader from West Virginia makes a big move with 500 left. Ricksecker in 3rd at 3:36.

Bland of West Virginia runs away from it in 4:19.02. Ricksecker falls back to 6th place, in 4:26.47. That's her second-fastest time ever, following yesterday's qualifying mark.

We now have a little break until Clarence Powell competes in the IC4A triple jump finals and Chenoa Freeman runs the ECAC 400-meter dash at 12:50.

12:12 p.m. - We're ready for the IC4A 4 x 100 relay. Aaron Hewlett, Donald Manns, Dominic Bolden and Durell Cull are on the track in lane 8.

The Flames are disqualified, for making the final handoff outside the exchange zone. So, Liberty stays at 44 points. Virginia won the race, boosting their score to 25. Georgetown, the top seed, scratched out of the final. Albany, the third-place team, now has 26 team points.

Here are the unofficial IC4A team standings through 9 events:
1) Liberty - 44
2) Albany - 26
3T) Georgetown - 25
3T) Virginia - 25

Rebekah Ricksecker is now on the track for the 1,500-meter final.

11:35 a.m. - Powell explodes on his third attempt, and stretches out to his second-longest jump ever, 15.35 meters, 50-4.5. That should get him to the finals. It would have placed third at the IC4A meet last year.

Meanwhile, Aghaji is most likely done. She's battled injuries all season, and only got one mark, on her third jump. I didn't hear what it was, but it doesn't look good enough to make the finals.

We are 35 minutes away from our first running event, the IC4A 4 x 100 relay. Liberty will run in lane 8, after qualifying with the seventh-fastest time yesterday.

11:25 a.m. - Both Liberty jumpers foul their second attempts. Powell had nice explosion and would have had a big mark, but he barely fouled. We'll see what they can do on attempt #3.

11:15 a.m. - Both Aghaji and Powell make their first attempts in rapid succession. Aghaji fouls, running through the pit. Powell reaches 14.50 meters, 47-7.

10:50 a.m. - No improvement on Hoskins' final throw. It stretches the tape to 51.80, 169-11. So, it looks like his day is done. I don't think 184-7 will qualify for the final.

Next up for Hoskins will be the decathlon at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, beginning June 11 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Next up today for Liberty is the men's and women's triple jump, both beginning shortly. Both Clarence Powell and Mia Aghaji will compete directly in front of the bleachers, parallel to the finish straightaway. They will be jumping from right to left, although the wind has died down considerably since yesterday.

10:40 a.m. - Hoskins' second attempt is a little better. This one reaches 56.28 meters, 184-7. One throw remaining. At least two throwers in this flight have thrown past Hoskins' best mark so far.

10:30 a.m. - Hoskins is the very first javelin thrower in the opening flight. His first toss reaches 55.75 meters, 182-11. A solid mark to start out, but he will likely need to improve on his final two attempts to make the finals.

10:10 a.m. - I will be able to keep an eye on Brandon Hoskins in the javelin, Clarence Powell in the men's triple jump and Mia Aghaji in the women's triple jump right in front of me. I'll try to catch some of their marks.

Hoskins will be the first to get going, as the IC4A javelin will begin at 10:30. Looks like we will have use of a performance board for this event, a welcome change from most of this weekend's field disciplines.

Hoskins has posted a lifetime best of 200-9 in the javelin, which leaves him tantalizingly close to the 202-1 required for qualification to the NCAA East Regional Championships. That distance would have placed seventh a year ago.

Aghaji and Powell don't start the triple jump until 11, but both are starting to get loose. Aghaji is wearing her red "Beat Coastal" T-shirt. I hate to tell her this, but the Chanticleers are not ECAC members.

10 a.m. – Championship day is here at the 2008 IC4A and ECAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The No. 21-ranked Liberty men's track & field team holds a 19-point lead on Georgetown, as the Flames seek back-to-back IC4A titles. Can the Flames do it? We will find out after a frenetic five hours of track & field, here in Princeton, N.J.

Most people expect Liberty, Georgetown and Virginia to be the top three competitors for the IC4A crown this afternoon. So, I'll try to track the team scores for this trio of squads throughout the day. Here's how things look at the outset of day three competition.

IC4A Team Standings (Through Eight Events – End of Day Two)
1) Liberty – 44
2) Georgetown – 25
3) Syracuse – 24
4) Albany – 20
5) Iona – 16
6) Virginia – 15

On the women's side, the Lady Flames have tallied nine points through eight events, leaving them in 14th place. William & Mary sits atop the standings with 28 markers.

Here is today's schedule of Liberty events, starting with the IC4A javelin in a half hour.

10:30 a.m. – IC4A javelin (Brandon Hoskins)
11 a.m. – IC4A triple jump (Clarence Powell)
11 a.m. – ECAC triple jump (Mia Aghaji)
12:10 p.m. – IC4A 4 x 100 relay final
12:15 p.m. – ECAC 1,500-meter run final (Rebekah Ricksecker)
12:50 p.m. – ECAC 400-meter dash final (Chenoa Freeman)
1 p.m. – IC4A shot put (Jon Hart & Clendon Henderson)
1:30 p.m. – IC4A high jump (Matt Parker & Clarence Powell)
3:10 p.m. – End of meet

Also, an addendum to yesterday's blog. I failed to mention that Jon Hart broke his own school record with his 222-4 heave in the hammer throw. Congratulations to him! Back-to-back IC4A hammer championships, a new school record and the No. 9 throw in the nation this year. Not a bad day's work for the senior from Wyomissing, Pa.

Finally, we had a warm, sunny day yesterday and we're off to a good start this morning. However, severe weather is in the forecast for the next few hours. If things start getting bad, I do not want to risk using my laptop from the bleachers. So, I may have to stop blogging at some point, contingent on the weather. A full report will be filed on LibertyFlames.com upon the conclusion of the meet, however.

Go Flames!