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2009 Big South Outdoor Track: Day 3 Blog

April 18, 2009  Radford, Va.  RSS
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Anthony Bryant has already won the long jump and high jump this weekend. Today, he will try for victory in the triple jump, beginning at 1 p.m.

Anthony Bryant has already won the long jump and high jump this weekend. Today, he will try for victory in the triple jump, beginning at 1 p.m.

From the press box at Radford's Cupp Stadium, will provide live updates throughout the three days of the 2009 New Balance Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Please see below for other ways to follow all of the action.

Meet Schedule

Official Meet Website (Including periodic live result updates)

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Official Big South blog (Big South SHOUT)

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

Updated Men's Team Scores (Final)
1) Liberty - 216
2) VMI - 107
3) Coastal Carolina - 101.5
4) Radford - 99
5) High Point - 86
6) Charleston Southern - 75
7) Gardner-Webb - 67.5
8) Winthrop - 58
9) UNC Asheville - 5

Updated Women's Team Scores (Final)
1) Coastal Carolina - 228
2) Liberty - 128.5
3) High Point - 97
4) Charleston Southern - 92
5) Gardner-Webb - 82.5
6) Radford - 81.5
7) Winthrop - 54.5
8) VMI - 38
9) UNC Asheville - 15

5 p.m. - Liberty will take home quite a bit of hardware, as the Flames return across the Commonwealth. In addition to the men's championship trophy and women's runner-up plaque, Phil Leineweber is Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year, John Talbert is Men's Freshman of the Year, Anthony Bryant is Men's Field Performer of the Year, Marie Williams is Women's Field Performer of the Year and Brant Tolsma is Men's Coach of the Year (his 40th Big South Coach of the Year award).

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and Go Flames! Thanks once again for your support of Liberty Track & Field. It's been fun!

4:25 p.m. - Team scores are now final and official. I'll post full meet results on the schedule/results page in a few minutes.

4:12 p.m.
- Melanie Sims leads off for the Lady Flames, passing the baton to Marie Williams (for her 13th event) in fourth place.

Williams gives it to Ashley Teer in a close third. Coastal Carolina is running away with this event.

Chenoa Freeman takes the stick fourth. Right behind High Point.

Freeman runs a great anchor, putting the Lady Flames a clear second to Coastal Carolina, both for the meet and for this race. Coastal runs 3:46.20, while the Lady Flames run a season-best 3:54.50. Marie Williams ends the meet with 33 points.

Team scores will be updated shortly.

I'll try to make one more post with the conference award winners, before I sign off for the afternoon.

Let me take this opportunity to thank Radford University for being such a great host of this event. A big thumbs up to the Highlanders.

4:06 p.m. - Winthrop wins the first 4 x 400 relay women's heat in 3:59.39.

The last event of the meet will be the second heat of the women's 4 x 400, including the Lady Flames.

4:02 p.m. - Like their male counterparts, the Lady Flames' 4 x 400 quartet will compete in the second section. The first heat is about to start.

The men's team scores above are now final.

4 p.m. - Phil Leineweber leads off for the Flames, running his fourth event of the day.

He hands off to James Hatch in second. Radford in the lead. CSU a close third.

Hatch hands to Matt Parker in third. Radford first, CSU second.

At the final exchange, Tim O'Donnell takes the baton in third. CSU now first over Radford.

Radford comes back to win in 3:12.47. O'Donnell almost catches CSU, finishing third in a season-best and IC4A-qualifying time of 3:14.77.

Liberty will win with 216 points, while VMI will hold off Coastal Carolina for second. The team standings above will be updated shortly. Congratulations to the Flames and Keydets!

3:53 p.m. - Gardner-Webb wins heat one in 3:20.75. Coastal Carolina is second in 3:24.15. VMI has an eye on that performance, as the Keydets try to hold off the Chanticleers for the team runner-up trophy.

We're ready for Liberty's heat!

3:50 p.m. - The Lady Flames have clinched second place, entering the 4 x 400 relay. So, Marie Williams should be able to get some well-deserved rest.

The first heat of the men's 4 x 400 is underway. Liberty is in heat two.

3:40 p.m. - With a mile left, it's Granger, Kis, a Coastal runner and then Osborne in 12:10.

Kis makes a move to pick up the pace, pulling Osborne behind her in second. With 1200 left, it's Kis in 13:35, Osborne 13:36.

Kis is pulling away. With 800 left, she clocks 14:57, with Osborne second in 15:01. Granger third and starting to close.

At the bell, Kis is at 16:22. Osborne 16:28. Granger 16:31.

Kis wins her second race of the meet in 17:41.88. Osborne 17:49.06 for second place. Granger ends up third in 17:52.62.

I'll have updated team scores, entering the women's 4 x 400 relay, shortly. Osborne's eight points will definitely help the Lady Flames try to nab the team runner-up trophy.

3:32 p.m. - Passing 2K in 7:08, Osborne is now in sixth. Dacia Bushman is running a steady pace in 10th. She passes 2K in 7:23.

We've reached halfway with Osborne at 8:58 in sixth place. Bushman is still 10th in 9:19.

Osborne moves into fourth at 3K in 10:45. Granger and Kis side-by-side in first and second.

3:27 p.m. - Men's team scores now updated. It may have been official some time ago, but it certainly is now. The Flames will win their 14th Big South team title in the last 16 years and third straight.

On the track, Ashley Osborne is just off the back of the lead pack in ninth in the women's 5K. She won this event indoors. 4:18 for the first 1,200 meters.

At the mile mark, the split is 5:43 for Osborne in eighth. Still in touch with the leaders. Among the leaders are 10K champ Hannah Granger of VMI and steeplechase winner Zsannett Kis of High Point.

3:20 p.m. - It's 20 points for the Flames in the men's triple jump. Anthony Bryant wins with the previously mentioned 52-0 jump. Clarence Powell is second, in a season-best 50-2.5. Finally, Chris Johnson's season-best 45-6.25 leap nets seventh place. The standings above reflect the triple jump results, but not the 5K yet.

Next up on the track will be the women's 5K. I'll try to provide some updates as the race progresses.

3:15 p.m. - Chelanga reaches 3 to go in 10:37. Now a 12-second gap on Cherry.

With 800 left, Chelanga's split is 11:51.

At the bell for Chelanga, the clock reads 12:58.

Josh McDougal's meet record of 14:06 is well within reach.

Chelanga wins in a new meet-record time of 14:01.89. He qualifies for the NCAA regional meet while winning his second event of the day. Chelanga also moves up to No. 3 on Liberty's outdoor 5K performance list.

I'll have updated scoring, including men's 5K and triple jump, shortly. Only one men's event remains on the docket--the 4 x 400 relay.

3:10 p.m. - At the halfway mark, Chelanga has opened a five-meter lead on Cherry in a time of 6:57.

We've reached the 3K in 8:22, with Chelanga now three seconds ahead of Cherry.

With one mile left, the split is 9:28. It's all Chelanga!

3:05 p.m. - Sam Chelanga is taking the men's 5K out in an honest pace, with High Point's Jesse Cherry in tow. Their 800 split is 2:13, and they are well clear of the field.

At 1,600 meters, it's still Chelanga and Cherry dominating the large group of 5K runners, in 4:26.

3 p.m. - Andrea Beckles takes fourth place in the women's 200 final in 24.24, as she is just nipped at the line by UNC Asheville's Natalie Pearson. Ikeiylah Brown of Coastal continues to tear up the track, as a 3.7 m/s tailwind pushes her to an outstanding 23.42.

2:55 p.m. - Phil Leineweber runs a 22.00 to finish seventh in the men's 200-meter dash final, adding two more points to the Flames' total. Levi Brooks wins his second event of the day for Charleston Southern, in a stadium-record 21.26 seconds.

Andrea Beckles will now prepare for the women's 200-meter dash final.

Before we get to that, though, Anthony Bryant just triple jumped 52-0, setting a new Big South Conference all-time record, breaking teammate Clarence Powell's 51-9 from last season.

2:45 p.m. - Marie Williams is still going strong! In her 12th event of the meet, she runs a personal-best 1:01.96 to take second place in the women's 400 hurdles final. She qualifies for the ECAC meet and moves into fourth place on Liberty's all-time performance list. Williams has now scored 31 points in this meet and may still run the 4 x 400 relay if needed. High Point freshman Manika Gamble wins in 1:00.55.

With three women's events left, the Lady Flames are in second place by 27 points.

Next on the track will be Phil Leineweber, in the men's 200-meter dash final at 2:50.

2:35 p.m. - Tim O'Donnell produces one of the meet's most impressive performances, powering home to the men's 400 hurdles title in 51.35 seconds. He takes down the meet record that Liberty's Mike Reed set in 1995 and qualifies for the regional meet. O'Donnell is now a two-time Big South men's 400 hurdles champion, as he also won in 2007.

Next up is Marie Williams in the women's 400 hurdles, her 12th event of this meet. She has scored 23 points so far.

2:30 p.m. - Big points for the Flames in the men's discus. Freshman John Talbert wins the event by almost 20 feet, with a 175-3 heave. It's a new facility record and gives Liberty three straight Big South men's discus crowns. Assistant coach Clendon Henderson won the last two years. Talbert finishes the meet with 23 points, giving him a nice shot at Freshman of the Year laurels.

Elliot Galeone follows Talbert in second place, topping out at 155-8.

We're now ready for the men's 400 hurdles final.

2:15 p.m. - We're ready to start the men's triple jump finals, and Liberty's Chris Johnson, Clarence Powell and Anthony Bryant will all get three more jumps. Bryant is in first place at this point.

2:10 p.m. - Anthony Bryant just improved to 50-2.5, moving into second place on Liberty's all-time triple jump performance list.

Radford sophomore Britney Whittaker just gave the hometown fans a thrill, winning the women's 800 in 2:14.66. Team standings are updated above. Only the 400 hurdles, 200, 5K and 4 x 400 relay remain on the women's side.

2:05 p.m. - Wendland eighth but still in touch after a 57.5 opening lap.

Wendland has a strong finishing kick, taking down three runners in the final 150 meters to place fifth in 1:54.76. Kitur wins rather easily in 1:52.43.

With no Liberty women in the 800-meter final, our next running event to watch will be the men's 400 hurdles at 2:30. Tim O'Donnell has battled back from injury to make the final and hopes to repeat his conference title from 2007.

Bryant's next triple jump reaches 49-11.75, a new personal best and the farthest I've seen so far. May a third Big South title be in Bryant's future?

1:55 p.m. - The Lady Flames get eight more points in the women's 100, edging to within one-half point of the 100 mark. Beckles repeats her third-place finish from 2008, in 11.82 seconds with no wind. Pegues is seventh in 12.36.

Coastal Carolina sweeps the top two spots, led by Ikeiylah Brown's meet-record 11.59.

Now, we'll watch Liberty freshman Isaac Wendland in the men's 800. He'll have his hands full with a tough field including VMI sophomore Felix Kitur.

Anthony Bryant just went 47-0.25 in the men's triple jump.

1:40 p.m. - Chenoa Freeman leads much of the way in the women's 400, before being passed by Charleston Southern's Dionne Gibson, the defending champion. Gibson runs 54.64 to Freeman's season-best 55.43 clocking. Eight more team points will keep the Lady Flames in second place.

Due to Jacey Bailey's injury in the men's 100, Liberty's next event will be the women's 100, featuring Andrea Beckles and Alyssa Pegues, at 1:50.

The second flight of the men's triple jump, which promises some fireworks, is getting warmed up. I'll try to keep track of big marks I see.

1:30 p.m. - Phil Leineweber gets off to a strong start in the 400, before holding on for fourth place in a season-best 48.02 seconds. Charleston Southern standout Levi Brooks wins in a fine time of 46.67, qualifying for the regional meet.

Liberty now leads Coastal Carolina by 77.5 points with eight events left on the docket.

Next on the track, at 1:35, will be Chenoa Freeman in the women's 400-meter final.  

1:25 p.m. - Before we watch Phil Leineweber run the 400, let's look at the men's pole vault today. Kolby Shepherd had a little trouble with the early heights today and ended up tying for 12th at 12-11.5. Stepping up for the Flames with a season-best 14-11 was freshman Cody Fridgen, who took third place. Justin Savini was seventh at 14-5.25 and Geren Woodbridge tied for ninth with a 13-11.25.

Winning the event was Adam Reed of Gardner-Webb, who got over 14-11 on his first attempt.

1:20 p.m. - The Lady Flames go 3-4-7-8 in the 100 hurdles, totaling 14 points. Olivia Charnuski is third in 14.70, Marie Williams fourth in 14.74, Krystle Matthews seventh in 15.82 and Rachel Houseknecht eighth in 16.26.

LeAuna Sistrunk wins her second event of the day, as the Chanticleer wins her fourth straight 100 hurdles title in a meet-record 13.78.

The Lady Flames move up to second place, with just seven events left.

1:10 p.m. - Parker is last out of the blocks in the 110 hurdles, but runs down everyone except Coastal Carolina's Jack Hutchison. Hutchison wins in 14.46 to Parker's 14.58. Parker tumbles to the track at the line, but appears to be ok.

Parker is the Big South 110 hurdles runner-up for the second straight year. It's his second runner-up placing this weekend, as he was also second in the high jump yesterday.

The next event will hopefully be a good one for the Lady Flames, as Olivia Charnuski, Marie Williams, Krystle Matthews and Rachel Houseknecht compete in the women's 100 hurdles final.

1 p.m. - Next up, in five minutes, is the men's 110 hurdles final. Liberty's Matt Parker won the Big South indoor 60 hurdles title and is one of the favorites to triumph today.

Looks like the men's pole vault just concluded. We'll see if Kolby Shepherd was able to capture his fourth Big South pole vault crown.

12:55 p.m. - The athletes are warming up for what promises to be one of the most exciting field events, the men's triple jump. Liberty boasts the defending champion, Clarence Powell, and Anthony Bryant, who is seeking his third championship of the weekend. That event will start at 1 p.m.

The men's pole vault is still going on.

We just got women's triple jump results, and Liberty got eight points in the event. Alyssa Pegues' 38-11.5 leap was good for third place and All-Big South honors. Jennifer Healey took seventh place at 37-3.75. LeAuna Sistrunk of Coastal Carolina won in 40-8.25.

Team standings are updated above. The Lady Flames are gaining on Gardner-Webb and could overtake the Bulldogs in the women's next event, the 100 hurdles. Liberty has four entrants in this final.

12:48 p.m. - No one wants to push the pace early in the women's 1,500. Coastal Carolina's Christian Johnson covers 300 meters in 57 seconds. All but two runners are still in the main pack, including all of the Lady Flames.

With 800 left, we're at 2:16. Johnson still in the lead, while Albright surged to fourth. There's a tight pack of six up front.

At the bell, Shauna Marsh has taken the lead in 3:29. Albright has made a big move to claim second place, 12 meters back.

No one can touch Marsh. She cruises to victory in 4:38.54. Albright ends up fifth in 4:50.71, with Klugh following closely in sixth place at 4:51.04. Hunt just misses scoring, placing ninth.

Albright and Klugh total seven points, moving the Lady Flames past Radford and back into third place in the team standings.

12:30 p.m. - The women's triple jump is now complete. We'll await official results. I didn't get to see the last couple attempts.

The men's pole vault continues, as the men's discus will shortly get underway at the throwing facility.

Next on the track, at 12:40, is the women's 1,500. Three Lady Flames are entered, including Katie Albright, Hannah Hunt and Jennifer Klugh. With two-time defending champion Rebekah Ricksecker redshirting, this event is rather wide-open. Albright won the mile at the Big South indoor meet, edging High Point's Shauna Marsh in a photo finish. Both of them are entered in today's race as well.

12:25 p.m. - Chelanga is a close second after the first 300 meters, covered in 47 seconds.

Chelanga picks up the pace on lap two, taking over the lead. With 800 left, we're at 1:48. Cowart right behind him and Jelen in the thick of a big pack.

At the bell, Chelanga still leads in 2:51, but not by much. Nine men are still right there, including Jelen.

Chelanga staves off a strong attempt by Cowart around the final bend, winning in 3:49.69 to Cowart's 3:49.96. Jelen sixth in 3:53.43.

Chelanga is now No. 4 in program history in the 1,500 and qualifies for the IC4A meet.

12:20 p.m. - Now up is one of the most anticipated matchups of the day, between Liberty's Sam Chelanga and VMI's Donnie Cowart in the men's 1,500-meter final. Chelanga edged Cowart for top honors in a competitive mile race at the Big South indoor meet. Flames Jarvis Jelen and Will Reeves will also hope to produce a big team score in this event.

12:15 p.m. - The Lady Flames' grouping of Olivia Charnuski, Alyssa Pegues, Chenoa Freeman and Andrea Beckles ran its fastest 4 x 100 time of the year, 46.13. However, they finished third behind Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern. Coastal Carolina clocked a 45.28 to break the Big South overall and meet records.

12:05 p.m. - Liberty got off to a bit of a slow start in the men's 4 x 100, but worked its way through the field for a fourth-place finish in 41.78 seconds. It was the Flames' second sub-42 clocking of the year. Charleston Southern ran a regional-qualifying time of 40.61 to win the race comfortably.

We also have news from the women's discus. Tami Tolsma threw a season-best 94-1 for 16th place. I'll update team standings on both sides shortly.

11:55 a.m. - No improvement by either Healey or Pegues on their first attempts of the triple jump finals, but it appears Pegues is still third.

Liberty will pass the baton from Daniel Newell to James Hatch to Phil Leineweber to Matt Parker in the men's 4 x 100 relay. The runners are on the track. An experienced quartet, as three of the four legs are seniors, but this group has not run the relay together before.

11:45 a.m. - From a distance, it appears that Phil Leineweber, Matt Parker, Daniel Newell and James Hatch are warming up for the men's 4 x 100.

As for the women's 4 x 100, which will start at 12:10 p.m., the Lady Flames' usual quartet of Olivia Charnuski, Alyssa Pegues, Chenoa Freeman and Andrea Beckles is expected. Pegues will have to go back and forth between the triple jump and relay preparation.

11:40 a.m. - Alyssa Pegues and Jennifer Healey both made the women's triple jump final and will begin warming up for their final three jumps.

We're only 20 minutes away from the first running event, the men's 4 x 100 relay. With Jacey Bailey out of action, due to an injury suffered during the 100-meter dash prelims yesterday afternoon, I'm not sure who Liberty's quartet will consist of.

11:35 a.m. - Good news from the triple jump pit. Both Jennifer Healey and Alyssa Pegues appear to be safely into the final, after both stretched the measuring tape longer with each attempt.

Healey topped out at a season-best 37-3.75 on her final jump, just before Pegues recorded a career-best 38-11.5 effort. Pegues, just a freshman, now ranks No. 5 in program history. I think Pegues sits in third place entering the final, trailing Coastal Carolina's LeAuna Sistrunk and hometown favorite Shemelia Brandon, the defending champion.

11:15 a.m. - The men's pole vault has begun, with the bar set at 12-11.5.

The second flight of the women's triple jump is about to start as well.

10:55 a.m. - Coastal Carolina senior LeAuna Sistrunk is the class of flight one of the women's triple jump. She had a couple lengthy fouls before getting her steps right for a big 40-8.5 jump on her third attempt. That's the longest in the Big South this year and a NCAA regional qualifier.

We're just about done with flight one of the triple jump, so Matthews, Healey and Pegues will be able to start their run-throughs soon.

10:30 a.m. - Radford sophomore Shanae Harris just performed a beautiful rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner for the second day in a row, and we are ready to roll here at Cupp Stadium.

We have a nice view of the New River from our perch high atop the stadium, and I've seen a bevy of activity both on the river and on the adjacent paved trail, including kayakers, bikers, joggers and many dog walkers.

10:05 a.m. - I plan to keep track of two field events here at Cupp Stadium until the running events commence at noon.

The women's triple jump will begin at 10:30, and three of the Lady Flames' busiest athletes this weekend are entered--Jennifer Healey, Krystle Matthews and Alyssa Pegues. All three Lady Flames are set to compete in the second of two flights.

At 11 a.m., the men's pole vault will get underway. The Liberty quartet of Geren Woodbridge, Justin Savini, Cody Fridgen and Kolby Shepherd is already on-site, beginning to make preparations. For Woodbridge, it will be the decathlon runner-up's 12th event of the weekend. Meanwhile, Shepherd will attempt to claim his fourth Big South pole vault title, including the indoor and outdoor championships.

9:45 a.m. - The women's discus competitors are now warming up at the throwing facility. Liberty's only entrant is Tami Tolsma. In case you're wondering, yes Tami is head coach Brant Tolsma's youngest daughter. The freshman nearly scored team points in the pole vault yesterday, clearing 9-8 for ninth place.

9:30 a.m. – It's championship day at the 2009 New Balance Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and the weather could not be any nicer here at Cupp Stadium. The sun is still shining, and the mercury is supposed to rise into the 70s this afternoon.

Six and a half hours from now, we will have crowned 25 event champions as well as the men's and women's team champions. The action will be fast and furious, especially after running event finals begin at noon. I'll do my best to keep up with it all and let you know how all of the Flames and Lady Flames are faring.

The first event on the docket is the women's discus at 10 a.m., which will be contested out of sight for me. So, the first thing I'll be able to keep an eye on is the women's triple jump, which will begin at 10:30, on the runway in front of the press box.

Like Tiger Woods, I'm wearing red on the final day of the championship. Hopefully it works out as well for Liberty as it has for him on so many occasions.

We're rocking to some Will Smith on the PA system, until the action gets rolling here at Cupp Stadium. It should be an exciting Saturday. Go Flames!