Sam Chelanga will compete for the first time during the 2009 outdoor season at 2:30 p.m., when the gun goes off for the men's 1,500-meter run prelims.
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Updated Men's Team Scores (Through Eight Events - End Day Two) 1) Liberty - 107 2) VMI - 45 3) Coastal Carolina - 43.5 4) Winthrop - 32 5) Radford - 31 6) High Point - 23 7) Gardner-Webb - 22.5 8) Charleston Southern - 5 9) UNC Asheville - 3 Updated Women's Team Scores (Through Nine Events - End Day Two) 1) Coastal Carolina - 87 2) Gardner-Webb - 67.5 3) Liberty - 48.5 4) Radford - 46.5 5T) Charleston Southern - 27 5T) High Point - 27 7) Winthrop - 22.5 8) VMI - 21 9) UNC Asheville - 4 8 p.m. - Here were Liberty's results in the steeplechase. Denise Troyer ninth in 12:07.07, fellow freshman Charis Haldeman was 12th in 12:26.00 and Sally Volstad was 16th in 12:53.81. Katie Everson did not start. The Lady Flames resided in fourth place at the close of the first day. Now, Liberty has climbed to third, with 48.5 tallies. Twelve women's finals remain on Saturday. We'll be back at Cupp Stadium bright and early tomorrow morning, on what is supposed to be yet another warm, sunny day. The women's discus is first on the schedule at 10 a.m. The first event we'll be able to see here at Cupp Stadium will be the women's triple jump, at 10:30. Action will heat up on the track at noon, when the men's 4 x 100 relay gets started. Have a nice evening. Go Flames! See you tomorrow. P.S. I see that the Liberty-Winthrop baseball game is knotted up at 4-4 in the second inning. It's a nice spring evening, so please stop by Worthington Stadium to cheer on the Flames if you get a chance. These are two of the Big South's best baseball clubs going head to head this weekend. 7:43 p.m. - With five laps left, the field is pretty well spread out behind High Point's Zsanett Kis, who won the Big South cross country title this past fall. Denise Troyer in 13th place is the Lady Flames' top runner so far. Her split is 3:58. Just as she did in her steeplechase debut at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational, Troyer is picking her way through the field. She's 11th with four laps left, in 5:33. Troyer is up to ninth with three remaining, in 7:11. Troyer is now seventh with two left, in 8:50. She looks a lot fresher than the other runners, after going out so conservatively. Troyer is up to sixth at the bell in 10:28. Will be tough to track down fifth place. Kis wins in 10:56.41. Troyer takes ninth in 12:06, unofficially. That concludes our Friday action from Cupp Stadium. I'll be back with one more update, before I retire to the Best Western to try and summarize an exceptional day for Liberty. Anthony Bryant, Daniel Newell and Marie Williams all set meet records, off the top of my head, marking a few of the biggest highlights. 7:30 p.m. - The Liberty men's team will take a 62-point lead into Saturday's 13 event finals, as the Flames have posted 107 team points to VMI's 45. The Keydets just scored 21 points in the steeplechase final to make a big move up the standings. Powers' official time was 9:50.95. 7:23 p.m. - As shadows lengthen across the field at Cupp Stadium, we finally found the rightful owner of the cell phone we referenced earlier. In the steeplechase, freshman Kyle Powers is Liberty's lone runner. He's in fifth with five laps to go in 3:08. Anthony Berkis of High Point and Donnie Cowart of VMI are pushing the pace, well ahead of the rest of the pack. With three laps left, the split is 5:25 for Cowart, 5:27 for Berkis. Powers still fifth in 5:48. With two laps left, it's all Cowart, in his third race of the day. Powers now seventh in 7:09. At the bell, Cowart is very relaxed. Berkis still a clear second. Powers is back in fifth, splitting 8:32. Cowart's winning time is 9:05.70. Berkis the runner-up, finishing well back. Powers comes in fifth, gaining four team points for the Flames with his 9:50.95 time. Tonight's last event will be the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, due to start at 7:30. Liberty's entrants include Denise Troyer, Charis Haldeman, Sally Volstad and Katie Everson--a very young quartet. 7:10 p.m. - Gardner-Webb's women's team creeps closer to Coastal Carolina, after Kelly Briges and Victoria Argus go 1-2 in the pole vault. Liberty got a fifth-place performance from Rachel Houseknecht with a 10-2 and Erin Hudson tied for seventh at 9-8. The Lady Flames are still third with 48.5 points. All we have left are the men's and women's steeplechase events. They're setting up the barriers now. 7:05 p.m. - The first heat of the women's 200 prelims is loaded. Chenoa Freeman runs a solid 25.15, but is banished to fourth place. She will have to watch the times on the next two heats. Defending champion Dionne Gibson of Charleston Southern won the race, just missing her own meet record with a 23.71. Freeman will not make the final, after seeing heat two's results. Heath clocked a 25.13, but she will not qualify either. Coastal Carolina's Ikeiylah Brown took down the meet record with a 23.60 in that section. In heat three, Beckles speeds to victory in 24.23 seconds. She will make the final, but Alyssa Pegues will not, after running a 25.16. Phil Leineweber will indeed run the men's 200 final tomorrow, at 2:50 p.m. 6:50 p.m. - PA announcer Charlie Briscoe is keeping us entertained! Someone lost a cell phone, and he just called out the phone number of some female who had recently called that individual. I jotted it down for reference. Jacey Bailey did not start the 200. By my understanding, he will be out for the rest of the meet, which will be unfortunate for the Flames. James Hatch was fourth in heat two, in 22.49 seconds. Doesn't look like he will get into the final. Phil Leineweber, who is already in the 400 final, is set for the third and final heat of the men's 200 prelims. He finished third, but his 21.87 time with a 1.4 m/s tailwind should qualify for the final on time. I'll let you know when I find out. The women's pole vault is now complete, leaving us with only the women's 200 prelims and both steeplechase races left to contest. 6:45 p.m. - I've already listed a lot of facts about Anthony Bryant's victory and record-setting performance in the men's high jump. Once again, he topped out at 7-0.5. Teammate Matt Parker followed in second place, at 6-10.75. Both Flames beat out Jacques Watson, the defending event champion in the event who is ranked No. 3 in the nation. Watson ended up third, also reaching 6-10.75. Liberty got additional points from Clarence Powell, who notched fifth place at 6-4.75. With 22 points in the high jump, the Flames become the first team to reach triple digits. They have posted 103 points through seven events, leaving them 60.5 points ahead of Coastal Carolina. It turns out Marie Williams was the only Lady Flame to make the 400 hurdles final. It took a 66.50 to qualify on time. Next up, heat two of the men's 200. 6:35 p.m. - Daniel Newell becomes the first decathlete ever to repeat as Big South champion, leading Liberty's first-ever 1-2-3 sweep in the event. His score was a NCAA provisional-qualifying 7,255, obliterating Brandon Hoskins' meet record. He ranks No. 8 nationally, not knowing this weekend's other results at this time. Geren Woodbridge takes second with 6,670, Clarence Murray holds down third with 6,225 points and Drew Edwards' strong 1,500 performance moves him up to eighth with a score of 5,544. Liberty scores 25 points in the event, matching the most it has ever tallied in the Big South decathlon and increasing its overall lead. Decathlon Final Standings 1) Daniel Newell (Liberty) - 7,255 (NCAA Provisional qualifier, IC4A qualifier, meet record) 2) Geren Woodbridge (Liberty) - 6,670 3) Clarence Murray (Liberty) - 6,225 8) Drew Edwards (Liberty) - 5,544 As we get ready for the men's 200-meter dash prelims, I also have good news to share in the men's high jump final. 6:30 p.m. - Marie Williams comes on strong in her last race of the day, finishing second in the opening heat of the 400 hurdles with a 65.13 clocking. She will get to run tomorrow's final in both the 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles now. Houseknecht's 71.63 will not qualify. Melanie Sims takes third in the second heat, in 66.85. We'll have to see if that will get her into the final on time. In the third and final heat, Jennifer Healey takes fourth, with a time of 66.85, matching Sims' effort. We'll see how it all washes out for the finals. Now, though, I'll type the decathlon results for you. 6:22 p.m. - O'Donnell makes the men's 400 hurdles final, officially. We have four Lady Flames set to run the women's 400 hurdles prelims--Marie Williams (in her sixth and final event of the day), Rachel Houseknecht (taking a break from the pole vault for a few minutes), Melanie Sims and Jennifer Healey. 6:20 p.m. - Drew Edwards leads the 1,500 from wire to wire, running 4:21.29. Newell is third in 4:37.81. Should be a very nice score for Newell. We'll find out soon! Next up on the track will be the women's 400 hurdles prelims. 6:13 p.m. - Quick update before we run the 1,500 for the decathlon, through nine events. Liberty still in first, second and third, as it's Daniel Newell, Geren Woodbridge and Clarence Murray, in that order. Liberty did not get anyone into the women's 800 final, unfortunately. Newell has a great chance to take down Brandon Hoskins' meet record in the decathlon and should get both IC4A and NCAA provisional marks as well. Woodbridge would need a great 1,500 to get a NCAA provisional score of his own. Here are the current scores. Newell - 6,561 Woodbridge - 6,095 Murray - 5,651 10th place Drew Edwards - 4,741 Woodbridge threw the javelin 173-1, while Newell checked in at 166-5. 6:10 p.m. - Anthony Bryant makes three very credible attempts, but has to settle for 7-0.5 in the high jump. He's now tied for No. 11 in the nation in that event this season. Tim O'Donnell, running the men's 400 hurdles for the first time in two years, shows no sign of rust. He clocks a 54.07 to comfortably win the first section and move on to the final. Chris Johnson is Liberty's only other entrant, running the third heat as yet another train roars past, behind the press box. He gets off to a fast start before taking fourth place in 57.07. I don't think he will join O'Donnell in the final. The decathlon 1,500 will be contested next. No post-javelin scoring updates have been provided as of yet. 5:55 p.m. - Isaac Wendland does indeed make the men's 800 final. Sorry, but I lost a large entry when my connection timed out. Here's a quick recap. Matt Parker and Coastal Carolina's Jacques Watson both went out of the men's high jump at 7-0.5, but Anthony Bryant got over, setting a new Liberty and meet record. He will now move the bar to 7-2.25 to see if he can go even higher. Bryant is now a double winner at this meet, in the high jump and long jump. In the women's 800, Rod'Esther Castor got fourth in her heat, while Ashley Teer led much of the way before taking third in her section. We'll have to see if either gets in on time. Sorry for the abridged version of the women's 800 recap. Bryant just missed his first attempt at 7-2.25. Next on the track, in five minutes, is the men's 400 hurdles prelims. 5:35 p.m. - Josh Morgan of High Point wins the first heat in 1:53.16. In heat two, VMI standout Felix Kitur cruises to victory in 1:51.79. Wendland comes on strong for second in 1:54.40, a personal best. He'll run in the final. Spencer Jackson clocks 2:00.99 for fifth. He will not make tomorrow's final. Heat three sees Jordan Bright hold down second place for much of the final lap, before ending up third in 1:58.25. I don't think he will make the final, but we'll find out soon. Matt Gregory is sixth in 2:01.91. 5:15 p.m. - Beckles and Pegues will indeed represent Liberty in tomorrow's women's 100 final. In the second heat, Ikeiylah Brown of Coastal Carolina set a new meet record with a 11.61 time. Four Flames are set to run the prelims of the men's 800, including senior Matt Gregory and a trio of freshmen--Jordan Bright, Spencer Jackson and Isaac Wendland. Jackson and Wendland are in the second of three heats, with Bright and Gregory entered in heat three. The high jump has reached 6-6.75, down at the far right corner of the track. 5:10 p.m. - The men's high jump bar is now at 6-4.75, as we get set for the women's 100. I haven't seen much action out of the Liberty jumpers yet. In the first heat of the women's 100, Coastal Carolina freshman Darriale Henley qualifies for regionals with a 11.66, while Andrea Beckles is second in 11.78, advancing to the final. The wind was +2.1 m/s. Olivia Charnuski posted a 12.39 for sixth. She will not make the final. Heat two sees Alyssa Pegues run 12.14 for fourth place. That should get her into the final, if my calculations are correct. I'll have official qualifiers shortly, with the men's 800 prelims next on the track at 5:25. 5 p.m. - Liberty is still in first, second and third in the men's decathlon, as the Flames attempt to become the first team in Big South history to go 1-2-3 in the event. Tyler Tucker of VMI was the best pole vaulter at 14-9, but Geren Woodbridge (14-5.25) and Daniel Newell (13-9.25) weren't far behind. Clarence Murray is now 237 points ahead of fourth place, with two events remaining. Also, Newell needs just 925 points in the final two disciplines to take down former teammate Brandon Hoskins' meet record of 6,886. Decathlon Standings (Through Eight Events) 1) Daniel Newell (Liberty) - 5,962 2) Geren Woodbridge (Liberty) - 5,466 3) Clarence Murray (Liberty) - 5,214 9) Drew Edwards (Liberty) - 4,452 4:55 p.m. - Gardner-Webb puts two athletes on the podium in the women's shot put, including champion Gwennetta Jones in first place. Liberty does not score in the event, and the Bulldogs jump past the Lady Flames for third in the team standings, updated above. 4:50 p.m. - Jacey Bailey is first out of the blocks and leads for 80 meters, but slows in the final strides of the men's 100 prelims. He holds on for third place and a spot in the final, after being pushed by a 2.0 m/s tailwind to a season-best 10.71 clocking. However, Bailey immediately grabs at his right hamstring as he crosses the line. We pray that it's only a cramp and nothing more major. Next up is the women's 100 prelims, at 5:05. A trio of Lady Flames are set to compete--Andrea Beckles, Olivia Charnuski and Alyssa Pegues. 4:40 p.m. - We're five minutes away from the men's 100-meter dash prelims, which will feature Liberty sophomore Jacey Bailey in the first heat. The decathlon pole vault has finally concluded, so the athletes are on their way to the javelin. Meanwhile, the women's open pole vaulters are beginning warm-ups for their event, which has been moved back to a 5:20 p.m. start. The women's shot put appears to have concluded, but we have not yet seen official results from that event. Freshman Bree Knauff was Liberty's only participant. 4:20 p.m. - Chenoa Freeman holds little back in the first heat of the women's 400, clocking a season-best 55.99 to win her section and advance to the final. She also qualifies for the ECAC championship with her performance. No Liberty athletes in the second section, which is won by Coastal Carolina's Amber White in 55.09 seconds. Lady Flame freshman Kaitlyn Johnson runs in the third heat, placing fourth in 63.18 seconds. She will not make the final. The men's high jump is getting ready to start in 10 minutes. We have a little break on the track until the men's 100-meter dash trials at 4:45. They had originally scheduled the decathlon 1,500 for 4:35, but the pole vault is still going on. Geren Woodbridge is among the vaulters still alive. 4:10 p.m. - Marie Williams placed second in the women's high jump, giving her 18 team points on the day. She and High Point freshman Christina Fenske both went over 5-7, but Fenske claimed the title on misses. Liberty freshman Laura Haugland tied for 10th at 5-1. Women's High Jump All-Big South Performers 1) Christina Fenske (High Point) - 5-7 2) Marie Williams (Liberty) - 5-7 3) Kandisa Allicock (Coastal Carolina) - 5-5 Now on the track, the women's 400 prelims. 4 p.m. - Senior Phil Leineweber, Liberty's only entrant in the men's 400, wins the opening heat comfortably, running 48.39 seconds. He'll be in tomorrow's final at 1:25. It's been confirmed that the Liberty women's 100 hurdles quartet of Charnuski, Williams, Matthews and Houseknecht is all in the final. So, the Lady Flames can score at least 10 points in the event, and hopefully many more. The women's 400-meter dash prelims are set for 4:10 p.m., and we should have women's high jump results to share shortly. 3:50 p.m. - In the first heat of the women's 100 hurdles, Liberty runners went 3-4, as Rachel Houseknecht clocked a 15.23 and Krystle Matthews followed closely in 15.32. I'm a bit confused about the advancement formula, so we'll have to wait and see about the finals. Heat two saw a dominant performance by three-time defending champion LeAuna Sistrunk of Coastal Carolina, who won in 13.91. Following her in second was Olivia Charnuski in a personal-best 14.56, despite a significant headwind. Marie Williams was third in 14.68. It appears that all four Liberty athletes have made the 100 hurdles final. I'll only post if it turns out otherwise. Now, though, we'll get ready for the men's 400 dash prelims at 3:55. 3:25 p.m. - The women's high jump is over. Marie Williams appears to be either the champion or runner-up. She won't have much time to celebrate, though, because the women's 100 hurdles prelims are next up on the Cupp Stadium track. She's in the second heat, alongside teammate Olivia Charnuski. Krystle Matthews and Rachel Houseknecht are entered in heat one. 3:20 p.m. - Marie Williams just became the second high jumper over 5-7. That's a career-best, ECAC qualifier and ties Danielle McNaney as the No. 3 performer in program history. The bar is now up to the regional standard, 5-8.75, with just two athletes left. Matt Parker recovered from a slow start to finish second in his heat of the 110 hurdles to Coastal Carolina's Jack Hutchison. Parker's time, into a -1.8 m/s headwind, was 14.81. He'll be in tomorrow's final and will now turn his attention to the high jump, which starts at 4:30 this afternoon. Big news from the 110 hurdles. Three-time Big South champion Kandrick Cooper of Winthrop false started in the second heat, eliminating him from the mix for tomorrow's final. Coastal Carolina's Kasheem Clifton wins the heat in Cooper's absence in 14.99. Parker now has a nice shot to win his first Big South 110-meter hurdles crown tomorrow. 3 p.m. - A number of women have cleared 5-3 in the high jump, including Marie Williams. So, the bar has just been moved up to 5-5. I'd expect that anyone who gets over 5-5 will finish in the top three. Williams' personal best is 5-5. She also has the 100 hurdles prelims to prepare for in 40 minutes. In 15 minutes, Liberty's Matt Parker will take the track for the 110 hurdles prelims. He was the runner-up last year and is the defending indoor 60-meter hurdles champ. The women's shot put is getting started at the throwing facility, while the decathletes press on in the pole vault. 2:45 p.m. - The first heat of the men's 1,500 is underway. The 400-meter split is about 63, with Sam Chelanga taking out an honest pace. At 800, we're at 2:09, with Chelanga still in first. At the 1,200 mark, Chelanga leads Winthrop's Leroux in 3:12. Results: A very tight, five-man finish. All five should make it to the final. We'll see about Will Reeves. The top five runners were separated by just .43 seconds, led by Sam Chelanga's 3:58.62. Jarvis Jelen automatically qualified for the final with his fourth-place finish in 3:58.89. Reeves was sixth in 4:00.16. We'll have to see if that stands up through the second heat. No Liberty runners in the second heat. So, we'll just have to watch the clock to see if the seventh-place finisher is slower than 4:00.16. If so, Reeves is Liberty's third qualifier to tomorrow's 1,500-meter final. Reeves is safely into the final, as the seventh-place competitor in heat two ran significantly slower than 4:00. So, three of the 12 runners in tomorrow's men's 1,500-meter final wil sport Liberty singlets--Sam Chelanga, Jarvis Jelen and Will Reeves. The women's high jump has now reached 5-3. The next running event will be the men's 110-meter hurdles prelims at 3:15 p.m. 2:10 p.m. - I just saw Clarence Murray clear a pole vault height with a somersaulting style. Also, the women's high jump bar has been raised from the opening height of 4-7 to 4-9. Newly minted heptathlon champion Marie Williams and freshman Laura Haugland are Liberty's two high jumpers in the field. Let me say a little more about the upcoming men's 1,500-meter run prelims at 2:30. There will be two heats, and the top four finishers in each heat along with the next four fastest times will advance to tomorrow's final. The first section is loaded, including a trio of Flames (Sam Chelanga, Jarvis Jelen and Will Reeves), the previously mentioned Donnie Cowart of VMI and 2007 Big South 800-meter champion Josh Morgan of High Point. I'll provide updates throughout all of the running event prelims this afternoon and evening, letting you know who earns places in tomorrow's day of finals. 2 p.m. - Liberty picked up 11 more points in the men's shot put, courtesy of Andrew Bartels' third-place finish and John Talbert's fourth-place effort. Bartels threw 49-8.25, while Talbert checked in at 49-1.75. Talbert has now scored 13 points at this meet, with his specialty, the discus, remaining to be contested tomorrow. Men's Shot Put All-Big South Performers 1) Travis Coleman (Winthrop) - 53-11 2) Justin Smith (Radford) - 53-1.5 3) Andrew Bartels (Liberty) - 49-8.25 The decathletes are still pole vaulting, and the women's high jump is about to get started. We are also 30 minutes away from what is anticipated to be a highly competitive set men's 1,500 prelims. 1:35 p.m. - It's now official. Marie Williams is now a two-time Big South heptathlon champion, joining Liberty alum Danielle McNaney as the only multiple heptathlon titlists in conference history. Her score of 4,760 won by 149 points, broke McNaney's five-year-old meet record and qualified for the ECAC Championships. Liberty racked up 17 big points in the event, as Krystle Matthews took fifth place with 4,304 points and Jennifer Healey came in sixth at 4,218. As a result, the Lady Flames leapfrog into second place in the updated team standings (which may be seen just above this blog post). Here are the final results. Heptathlon Final Scores 1) Marie Williams (Liberty) - 4,760 (Meet Record, ECAC Qualifier) 2) Victoria Argus (Gardner-Webb) - 4,611 3) Patria Norman (Charleston Southern) - 4,599 5) Krystle Matthews (Liberty) - 4,304 6) Jennifer Healey (Liberty) - 4,218 Williams will now prepare for the high jump, which starts in 25 minutes. Meanwhile, the decathletes are starting the pole vault. We are also informed that the men's shot put is now complete. Those results will be forthcoming. 1:20 p.m. - Another score to watch as we start the heptathlon 800-meter run is Marie Williams' career-high score of 4,775. After one lap, Jennifer Healey is second in 72 seconds. Marie Williams 20 meters behind her in fifth. Healey takes the lead with 120 meters left and wins in 2:26. Williams is fifth in 2:37, which should shatter McNaney's meet record. Full results will follow shortly. 1:05 p.m. - Krystle Matthews was the best javelin thrower among the heptathletes, at 112-1. So, she is now in fourth place entering the 800. Marie Williams threw 92-3 and leads Charleston Southern's Patria Norman by 146 points atop the standings. She is likely to break Danielle McNaney's meet record of 4,620 from the 2004 championship. Heptathlon Standings (Through Six Events) 1) Marie Williams (Liberty) - 4,153 2) Patria Norman (Charleston Southern) - 4,007 3) Victoria Argus (Gardner-Webb) - 3,928 4) Krystle Matthews (Liberty) - 3,805 6) Jennifer Healey (Liberty) - 3,478 1 p.m. - Geren Woodbridge was the best decathlon discus thrower, with a 123-2 effort, while Daniel Newell followed in 118-0. Liberty athletes remain in first, second and third, through seven events. They will pole vault next. Decathlon Standings (Through Seven Events) 1) Daniel Newell (Liberty) - 5,289 2) Clarence Murray (Liberty) - 4,757 3) Geren Woodbridge (Liberty) - 4,735 9) Drew Edwards (Liberty) - 3,917 Heptathlon updates will follow next. 12:50 p.m. - We have been informed that the decathlon pole vault will begin at 1:10 p.m. and the heptathlon 800 will go off at 1:15. They are entering the heptathlon javelin results as I type. So, we'll know where everyone stands. Both Marie Williams and Jennifer Healey are stellar 800-meter runners. Here are some of the landmark heptathlon scores in question: ECAC Standard: 4,500 Big South Meet Record: 4,620 NCAA Provisional Standard: 5,050 12:45 p.m. - The decathletes have finished the discus and are now warming up for their eighth event, the pole vault. I also hear that the heptathletes are on their way back to Cupp Stadium, which means we aren't far away from their seventh and final event, the 800-meter run. Some women's high jumpers are also already measuring their steps for the event, scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Marie Williams should have a little break between the heptathlon 800 and high jump, especially because she probably won't enter the competition at the opening height. I'll provide decathlon and heptathlon updated scoring, as those results return from the throwing facility. 12:10 p.m. - To help pass the time, here's a little more information on the unique musical sounds we're relaxing to at Cupp Stadium. We're listening to WRAD 1460 AM, the home of "timeless favorites" in the New River Valley, over the stadium PA system. Only four spectators are visible in the stands right now, and two of them are Lady Flames Rachel Houseknecht and Ashley Teer, relaxing before their events begin this afternoon. I'll sign off for now, as Bobby Vinton sings "Blue Velvet." 11:50 a.m. - Now that we've had a look at the heptathlon update, we can tell you that Marie Williams' 17-4.75 leap, into a 1.8 m/s headwind, was the third-longest of the competition. Victoria Argus went 17-10.75 to lead all of the heptathletes. Healey's top mark was 15-10.5, whil Matthews went 16-5.75. Williams' lead now stands at 226 points, while Matthews and Healey bump up to fifth and seventh place, respectively, entering the javelin. Heptathlon Standings (Through Five Events) 1) Marie Williams (Liberty) - 3,712 2) Patria Norman (Charleston Southern) - 3,486 3) Victoria Argus (Gardner-Webb) - 3,461 5) Krystle Matthews (Liberty) - 3,249 7) Jennifer Healey (Liberty) - 2,976 We won't have any more events taking place at Cupp Stadium for a while, as the decathletes are throwing the discus, the heptathletes are throwing the javelin, and the men's shot putters are warming up at the off-site throwing facility. So, I may not have any updates to share until the decathletes return to begin pole vaulting and the heptathletes prepare for the 800-meter run. In the meantime, I'll enjoy the old-school music which has replaced the dance mix from earlier this morning. 11:20 a.m. - Here are the third-attempt distances for each of Liberty's heptathletes: Krystle Matthews - FOUL Jennifer Healey - 15-10.5 Marie Williams - 17-4.75 I'll post updated heptathlon standings shortly, as the athletes venture to the throwing facility for their next-to-last discipline, the javelin. 11:15 a.m. - The decathlon competitors are now shuttling over to the throwing facility for their seventh event, the discus. In the meantime, here's how the standings look. Liberty remains firmly planted in first, second and third place. Geren Woodbridge's gap ahead of fourth-place Evan Brusich of Gardner-Webb is now 121 points. Decathlon Standings (Through Six Events) 1) Daniel Newell (Liberty) - 4,706 2) Clarence Murray (Liberty) - 4,294 3) Geren Woodbridge (Liberty) - 4,120 9) Drew Edwards (Liberty) - 3,533 Jennifer Healey just went 15-6.75 on her second long jump try, while Marie Williams lands at 17-0 even. Sorry I haven't caught either of Krystle Matthews' first two jumps. I'll watch the third attempts closely, as the heptathlon long jump is the only event currently taking place at Cupp Stadium. 11:10 a.m. - The decathletes circle up for prayer to open the second day of competition, and we are now underway! In the first decathlon 110-meter hurdles heat, Liberty sweeps the top two places in a heat which saw many hurdles knocked over. Newell clocks a 15.50 with a 1.3 m/s tailwind, while Woodbridge follows in 15.78, a season best. In heat two, Michael Munson of VMI leads the way in 16.25, again with a 1.3 m/s tailwind. Drew Edwards finishes fourth in 18.05 seconds. Now for the final heat, Clarence Murray glides over the hurdles with his lanky, 6-6 frame. He wins the event in a season-best 15.77 seconds with a +0.1 m/s wind at his back. I'll have updated decathlon scores shortly. I missed the first long jump attempts by Krystle Matthews and Jennifer Healey, but I saw Marie Williams sail out to 17-1.25. 10:45 a.m. - The heptathletes are warming up for the long jump and the decathletes are practicing the hurdles, as "Zombie Nation" blares through the Cupp Stadium speakers. The decathlon 110-meter hurdles will be contested in three heats. Daniel Newell and Geren Woodbridge are entered in the first section, Drew Edwards is in section two and Clarence Murray will compete in the final heat. The wind, which was prevalent throughout yesterday's competition, has died down and the flags are hanging limp at the moment. I'll provide a recap of each heat of the hurdles, while keeping an eye on the performance board at the long jump. 10:30 a.m. – Welcome back for day two of the 2009 New Balance Big South Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships. We saw some exciting action yesterday, and are hoping for more of the same today at Radford's Cupp Stadium, which expects to see abundant sunshine and a high temperature around 70. The first events to get started, about 30 minutes from now, will be the decathlon 110-meter hurdles and the heptathlon long jump. Liberty redshirt seniors Daniel Newell and Marie Williams both bring significant leads into the second day of competition. Both of the multi events will wrap up today, and we have seven other event finals slated as well (men's & women's shot put, men's & women's high jump, men's & women's steeplechase and women's pole vault). Here's a glance at the decathlon and heptathlon standings, through yesterday's events. Decathlon Day One Scores (15 Total Competitors) 1) Daniel Newell (Liberty) - 3,916 2) Clarence Murray (Liberty) - 3,535 3) Geren Woodbridge (Liberty) - 3,362 9) Drew Edwards (Liberty) - 3.014 Heptathlon Day One Scores (11 Total Competitors) 1) Marie Williams (Liberty) – 3,069 2) Patria Norman (Charleston Southern) – 2,872 3) Victoria Argus (Gardner-Webb) – 2,775 6) Krystle Matthews (Liberty) – 2,684 8) Jennifer Healey (Liberty) – 2,460 Williams will be one of the busiest athletes here at Cupp Stadium today. In addition to the final three heptathlon events (long jump, javelin and 800-meter run), Williams will also compete in the high jump finals as well as the prelims of the 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles. Running events will kick into high gear later this afternoon, as the qualifiers for tomorrow's finals are determined. The gun will go off for the first prelim, the men's 1,500, at 2:30. That promises to be an entertaining contest, including the season debut of Liberty four-time All-American Sam Chelanga and the first of many weekend appearances by VMI's Donnie Cowart, the Big South Outstanding Track Performer at the 2009 indoor championship meet. We'll be here for the next nine hours, bringing you all of the action (while reminding the readers that updates from the throwing events will be few and far between, due to the distant location of the throwing facilities.) During lulls in the action, I'll also try to keep an eye on some of the other Liberty teams in action today. Both the men's and women's tennis teams are playing in the Big South semifinals at Winthrop. Meanwhile, the Liberty baseball team opens a key three-game series against Winthrop, under the lights tonight at Worthington Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. Finally, I'd like to take this opportunity to plug an article by Dick Patrick which ran in yesterday's USA Today sports section. He was on Liberty's campus in November to write separate feature articles on Sam Chelanga and the Frazee triplets. His latest piece is an in-depth look at Ryan Hall, a devout Christian who trains with Liberty alum Josh Cox and is one of the favorites in Monday's Boston Marathon. Click here to check out Patrick's article on Hall, who is attempting to become the first American male to win in Boston since 1983. Happy reading, Go Flames, and please email me if you have any questions you'd like me to address throughout the day.
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