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Parker Places 10th, Hart 11th on Day One

May 30, 2008  Tallahassee, Fla.  RSS
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Senior Jon Hart throws the shot put, on his way to an 11th-place finish, Friday afternoon in Tallahassee, Fla. (Photo by Blake Freeland, Charleston Southern Sports Information)

Senior Jon Hart throws the shot put, on his way to an 11th-place finish, Friday afternoon in Tallahassee, Fla. (Photo by Blake Freeland, Charleston Southern Sports Information)

NCAA East Regional Championship Day 1 Blog

A pair of athletes from the No. 21 Liberty men's track & field team recorded top 12 finishes Friday, highlighting the opening day of the NCAA East Regional Track & Field Championships in Tallahassee, Fla. Junior Matt Parker tied for the 10th spot in the men's high jump final, while senior Jon Hart nabbed 11th place in the men's shot put.

Matt Parker (Jr., Rome, N.Y.), competing in the men's high jump at the NCAA East Regional Championship for the second consecutive year, tied for 10th place, after clearing the opening height of 6-9 on his first attempt. The Empire State native was unsuccessful in his three tries at 6-11, which would have equaled the highest jump of his outdoor track & field career.

Jon Hart (Sr., Wyomissing, Pa.) unleashed his second-best shot put effort of the season, 56-8.5. The distance was good for 11th place, the senior's highest finish in three career trips to the NCAA East Regional Championship.

Junior Rebekah Ricksecker (Laurel, Del.) posted her second-fastest 1,500-meter time, 4:26.07, placing fourth in her heat. She tied for the 15th-best clocking among the 32 entrants, ending up just 1.24 seconds away from qualifying for Saturday's final.

Fellow junior Jaime Watson (Ravenna, Mich.) fought off Florida's Lorain McKenzie to finish second in her heat of the women's 800-meter run. Watson's time of 2:09.91, her second-best effort of the year, notched 15th place overall for the three-time Big South outdoor 800-meter champion.

Senior 14-time All-American Josh McDougal (Peru, N.Y.) qualified for this evening's men's 5,000-meter final. However, he scratched from the race, ending his brilliant collegiate running career. McDougal, who has battled a right leg injury all season, will now attempt to recuperate and prepare for the U.S. Olympic Trials.

The second and final day of the NCAA East Regional Track & Field Championships will begin Saturday at 10 a.m., with the men's hammer throw. Hart will attempt to qualify for the national meet in the event for the second straight year. In total, seven Flames will be in action tomorrow.