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2009 IC4A/ECAC Outdoor Track Blog: Day 2

May 16, 2009  Princeton, N.J.  RSS
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Marie Williams will be the first Liberty athlete in action Saturday morning, beginning the ECAC heptathlon long jump at 9:30 a.m. She is in fourth place after the first day of the heptathlon.

Marie Williams will be the first Liberty athlete in action Saturday morning, beginning the ECAC heptathlon long jump at 9:30 a.m. She is in fourth place after the first day of the heptathlon.

From the top of the bleachers at Princeton's Weaver Track & Field Stadium, will provide live updates throughout the three days of the 2009 IC4A and ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Please see below for other ways to follow all of the action.

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5:50 p.m. - Here are the official decathlon results.

1) Daniel Newell, Liberty - 7,020
2) Geren Woodbridge, Liberty - 6,968 (Personal Best, NCAA Provisional Qualifier)
3) Sean Smith, UConn - 6,818
4) Alex Holcombe, Cornell - 6,635
5) Tim Wunderlich, Dartmouth - 6,605

Liberty has totaled 44 team points through nine events. It looks like the Flames will take a 21-point lead into Saturday. Manhattan is second with 23, unofficially.

Weather permitting, I'll be back at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow to see if the Flames can hold on for their third straight IC4A championship. Have a nice Saturday evening and Go Flames!

5:35 p.m. - We have reached Liberty's last event of the day, the ECAC 200-meter dash prelims.

Unfortunately, I missed the times for section 1. Not good, because the top eight times overall in the six heats will make the final. Andrea Beckles is in heat 3.

Heat 2 - Graves-Fulgham of UConn wins in 24.31, followed by 24.55, 24.94, 25.29, 25.38.

Heat 3 - Beckles runs 24.79 for third place. At best, she is fifth right now.

Heat 4 - The top four in heat four run faster than Beckles' time. She will not make the final.

That's it for Liberty's Saturday. I'll wait for final decathlon results and make one last post before returning to the hotel.

5:20 p.m. - We're underway in the decathlon 1,500.

Woodbridge just needs to stay within striking distance of UConn's Sean Smith to retain second place.
Woodbridge finishes fifth in 4:41.31, with Newell sixth in 4:46.11.

We'll await the official scores, but it definitely looks like Newell has successfully defended his IC4A title and Woodbridge has come in second.

18 more points will boost Liberty's team score to 44 and give the Flames a sizable lead heading into championship day! 

5:05 p.m. - Here is a little more concrete decathlon information. Daniel Newell's score is 6,378, giving him an 82-point lead over Geren Woodbridge. Newell is attempting to become Liberty's second back-to-back IC4A decathlon champion. Ryan Werner won three straight decathlon titles, between 1994 and 1996.

Woodbridge's score of 6,296 gives him a 164-point bulge over third-place Sean Smith of UConn. Woodbridge is well within range of setting a new career high (6,811) and provisionally qualifying for the national meet (6,900).

4:55 p.m. - Unofficially, Daniel Newell leads the decathlon by about 90 points heading to the 1,500. Geren Woodbridge is second, approximately 140 points ahead of third place. Again, they will run their final race at 5:15.

4:45 p.m. - Please allow me to make a quick correction. Andrea Beckles still has the 200 prelims to run today. That race is slated for 5:25.

They just announced that the decathlon 1,500 will start at 5:15. I'll try to find updated standings through nine events when they become available.

4:40 p.m. - Beckles will run in the second 100-meter semifinal. She needs to finish in the top four to make tomorrow's event final.

Heat 1 - 11.80 is the winning time, by a runner from St. John's.

Heat 2 - Beckles is up, aiming for a top four finish. She places fifth in 11.87 seconds, the same time as Foreman of UConn. However, she misses the final by thousandths of a second.

The Lady Flames' only ECAC running event final tomorrow will be the 4 x 100 relay, at noon.

The decathletes just finished the javelin and will run the 1,500 in approximately 30 minutes to wrap up the event and Liberty's competition on Saturday.

4:30 p.m. - We have moved on to the ECAC 100 hurdles semis, where we will see if Olivia Charnuski can qualify for tomorrow's final.

Heat 1 - McShine of West Virginia wins in 13.45. I didn't catch the other times, because they were removed from the scoreboard so quickly.

Heat 2 - Charnuski is in lane 1. She runs 14.42 for sixth place. It doesn't look like she will make the final.

Andrea Beckles will be up next, in the 100 semifinals.

4:10 p.m. - We keep moving from event to event on the ECAC, and Liberty is represented in seemingly all of them, which is a good thing.

Heat 1 - This is Chenoa Freeman's heat. She places fourth in 55.87 seconds. We'll see if that holds up.

Heat 2 - Second place was 54.41. So, Chenoa Freeman will not make the final.

I'll forego the last three heats and take a short break before Olivia Charnuski runs the 100 hurdles semis at 4:25.

The decathletes are still throwing the javelin, their next-to-last discipline.

4:05 p.m. - We're into the ECAC 100 prelims.

Heat 1 - 11.82, 11.90, 12.04, 12.06, 12.11, 12.17, 12.20, 12.22. I didn't catch who won. I just copied down the times to see if Andrea Beckles and Alyssa Pegues make finals in their heats.

Heat 2 - Giddings of Northeastern wins in 11.78, followed by 11.91, 11.99, 12.21, 12.29, 12.37 and 12.37.

Heat 3 - This is Beckles' heat. She takes second in 11.91, automatically qualifying for the semifinal. The other times are 11.71, 12.06, 12.09, 12.16, 12.19, 12.28.

Heat 4 - Pegues is up now. She finishes seventh in 12.25. She will not make the semifinals.

Andrea Beckles will run the semifinals at 4:35. Next up, however, is Chenoa Freeman in the ECAC 400-meter dash prelims at 4:05.

3:45 p.m. - Olivia Charnuski is up in the ECAC 100 hurdles prelims.

Heat 1 - This is Charnuski's heat. She places fifth in 14.18. She will hope to be one of the six time qualifiers to the semifinals. Her time is a season best.

Heat 2 - This is a slower heat. Charnuski is still #3 on the list of at-large qualifiers to the semifinals.

Heat 3 - Another slower heat. Charnuski #3 on the at-large list, which will take six to the semis.

Heat 4 - Charnuski is still #3 with one heat left. It's looking good for her qualification to semifinals.

Heat 5 - Charnuski remains #3 on the at-large list. She will come back for the 100 hurdles semis at 4:25 p.m.

The next event on the track will be the ECAC 100-meter dash prelims, including Andrea Beckles and Alyssa Pegues.

3:30 p.m. - Through eight events, Daniel Newell leads the decathlon with 5,830 points, attempting to repeat. Geren Woodbridge has vaulted his way into second with 5,683 (like the pun?) He is 110 points ahead of third-place Sean Smith of UConn, who has 5,573 points with two events remaining. They're warming up for the javelin now.

3:20 p.m. - Elliot Galeone did finish fifth in the IC4A javelin. So, the Flames get their first four team points of the day, boosting their total to 26. Liberty should have more points coming in the decathlon a bit later this afternoon.

Geren Woodbridge pole vaulted a personal-best 15-5. That should put Newell and Woodbridge in first and second, heading to the decathlon javelin.

3:10 p.m. - Here's the blow-by-blow recap of the ECAC 4 x 100 relay.

Liberty is now going to run in the first heat, after the 4 x 100 has been reseeded.

Heat 1 - Seton Hall wins in 45.62. Liberty second in 46.05, the Lady Flames' fastest time of the season. The Lady Flames look good for making the final.

Heat 2 - St. John's wins in 45.89. Boston second in 46.07. Liberty still in good shape.

Heat 3 - Cornell, the heat winner, is slower than Liberty's time. The Big Red run 46.27.

Heat 4 - UConn wins in 44.95. Northeastern the runner-up in 46.73.

Liberty makes the final with the fourth-fastest time. The Lady Flames will run the 4 x 100 tomorrow at noon.

The rain was supposed to arrive at 3 p.m., but the sun is currently shining.

The IC4A javelin is complete. We'll see how Galeone ended up. The decathletes are now warming up for their ninth event, the javelin.

Olivia Charnuski will return to the track in about 15 minutes for the prelims of the 100-meter hurdles.

2:40 p.m. - Elliot Galeone's first throw in the javelin final is a foul.

The quartet of Olivia Charnuski, Alyssa Pegues, Chenoa Freeman and Andrea Beckles is getting set for the 4 x 100 relay.

2:30 p.m. - They're warming up for the IC4A javelin final, and Elliot Galeone made it! He currently stands in fifth place.

We're 15 minutes away from the start of the ECAC 4 x 100 prelims. Liberty will run in the second of four heats.

2:10 p.m. - The final IC4A running event of the day, the 4 x 400 relay, is now on the track. We are 35 minutes away from the ECAC 4 x 100 prelims.

Coach Tolsma just informed me that Daniel Newell still leads the decathlon and Geren Woodbridge has moved into third place, just 33 points out of second. Newell and Woodbridge are still alive in the pole vault. Woodbridge is a strong pole vaulter and javelin thrower. So, he has a realistic chance of entering the 1,500 in second place.

The third flight of the IC4A javelin continues. So, we still don't know if Elliot Galeone will make the final.

The sun just broke through here at Weaver Stadium. According to the weather forecast, rain is supposed to arrive at 3 p.m. I hope that's an inaccurate forecast!

1:25 p.m. - Not too much to report right now. The strongest reactions from the crowd in recent moments have been inspired by a pair of errant javelins which scattered the men's long jumpers. Fortunately, no one has been speared yet.

Ryan Bell will not make the javelin final. His first throw was his best. Elliot Galeone is still waiting to see if his 206-0 will hold up.

Albany is looking pretty strong so far today in the IC4A race. The Great Danes may have replaced Virginia as Liberty's top competition for the team title.

1:10 p.m. - John Talbert did not place in the IC4A hammer. He threw approximately 54 meters, 177-2.

1 p.m. - Good news in the javelin. Elliot Galeone threw 206-0 in the prelims, a season-best toss which qualifies him for the regional meet. We'll see if that makes the final.

Ryan Bell just threw the javelin 198-4.

12:52 p.m. - I almost forgot to mention that John Talbert is still throwing the hammer. There were 42 entrants in that event.

12:45 p.m. - We have started the IC4A 400 hurdles prelims. Tim O'Donnell, the Big South champion in this event, is in the second of six heats. They will take the heat winners and the next two fastest qualifiers to tomorrow's final.

Heat 1 - Manhattan's Cumberbatch wins in 51.37. Second place is Gibilisco of Mt. St. Mary's in 52.94. Penn's Sinclair third in 53.88.

Heat 2 - Tim O'Donnell comes from behind in the final 80 meters of his heat, winning in 51.80 seconds. He will run in the 400-meter hurdles final at 2:05 p.m. tomorrow.

Since O'Donnell is assured a spot in the final, I won't bore you with details of the other four heats.

Here's a quick update on what else is going on around the track. Ryan Bell is warming up with the rest of the javelin throwers in flight two. The decathlon pole vault continues indoors.

We won't have any more running events to watch until the ECAC 4 x 100 relay at 2:45. I'll continue to watch for javelin and decathlon updates in the meantime.

12:25 p.m. - Marie Williams did end up third in the ECAC heptathlon with 4,985 points. That's a new personal best by 210 points and makes her the No. 4 qualifier in program history. Her six team points push the Lady Flames' team score to 11. Here's how the top five looked.

ECAC Heptathlon Final Scores
1) Uhunoma Osazuwa, Syracuse – 5,258
2) Kiani Profit, Maryland – 5,096
3) Marie Williams, Liberty – 4,985
4) Natoya Baird, Coppin State – 4,892
5) Kaitlyn Flynn, Pittsburgh – 4,743

Williams will still have one event remaining, as she is entered in the ECAC high jump tomorrow.

12:20 p.m. - Here's how the IC4A 400-meter prelims shook out.

Heat 1 - Seton Hall's Cox wins in 47.15. Temple's Stancil second in 47.26.

Heat 2 - Villanova's Lewis wins in 46.65. Maryland's Samuels second in 47.50.

Heat 3 - Only two runners finished. Holmes of Delaware State wins in 46.99 with Coppin State's Morgan a close second in 47.00.

Heat 4 - Long Island's Egadu is the winner in 47.61 seconds.

Heat 5 - Princeton's Hollimon wins in 47.23. Cornell's VanEden second in 47.83.

Heat 6 - This is Phil Leineweber's heat. He either needs to win or finish second in 47.25 seconds or faster.

Leineweber will not make the final. He finishes sixth in the heat in 48.52 seconds. Bowen of Morgan State wins in 46.63.

Next up for the Flames will be Tim O'Donnell in the IC4A 400 hurdles trials at 12:35.

Noon - They're off in the heptathlon 800-meter run.

At 400 meters, Marie Williams is third in 1:10. William & Mary's Katie Guevel, the early leader, is down. She fell at the line.

Williams finishes second to Maryland's Kiani Profit in 2:23.16. I think she will finish third for the heptathlon. We should find out shortly.

For now, we will turn our attention to the heats in the IC4A 400-meter dash, including Phil Leineweber. He will compete in the sixth and final heat. Each heat's winner will make the final, as will the next two fastest times.

11:50 a.m. - This is how the IC4A 100-meter dash heats went down.

Heat 1 - Hampton's Reggie Dixon won in 10.40. Owens of Rutgers second in 10.60. Hampton's Devon Brown third in 10.78. UMBC's Arthur fourth in 10.80.

Heat 2 - Long Island's Marcano won in 10.74. Delaware State's Moore second in 10.79. Pitt's Hobwana third in 10.80.

Heat 3 - Ruffin of George Mason wins in 10.67. Brown of Mount St. Mary's second in 10.73. UConn's Pomo third in 10.76.

Heat 4 - Staten of St. Joseph's wins in 10.56. Anderson of Hampton second in 10.57. Clarke of Long Island third in 10.72.

Heat 5 - Jacey Bailey is in lane 1. He needs to either win the heat or finish second in 10.71 seconds or faster.

Carr of UNC Wilmington wins in 10.74. Bailey fourth in 10.89. He will not make the final.

Marie Williams will run the heptathlon 800 shortly, looking to see if she can move up from fifth place in the overall standings.

11:30 a.m. - Here's how the IC4A 110 hurdles heats happened.

Heat 1 - Georgetown's Chris Kinney won in 14.06, automatically qualifying for the fina. Terry Marshall of Syracuse second in 14.09.

Heat 2 - Syracuse's Jarret Eaton won in 14.06. Second place is Will Brown of Montclair State in 14.61.

Heat 3 - Domonick Sylve of Army won in 14.20. Abdulrazaaq of Virginia is second in 14.51.

Heat 4 - Okengwu of Georgetown won in 14.19. Juste of Albany second in 14.27. Parker third in a season-best time of 14.37. He will be right on the bubble to make the final.

Heat 5 - Hampton's Predist Walker wins in 14.17. Georgetown's Kamryn Austin is second in 14.29. Looks like Parker will just miss the finals. They take the top three non-heat winners to the finals, and I saw 14.09, 14.27 and 14.29 ahead of his 14.37.

They just announced that Marie Williams will run the heptathlon 800 at 11:50 a.m.

Before Williams runs, though, Jacey Bailey will compete in the IC4A 100-meter dash prelims at 11:35 a.m.

Ryan Bell and Elliot Galeone are also warming up for the IC4A javelin, which is scheduled for a noon start.

11:15 a.m. - Marie Williams threw a personal-best 95-8 in the javelin. We'll try to see how she looks in the standings heading to the final heptathlon event, the 800-meter run.

Actually, they just announced the heptathlon standings. Here's how it looks with one of Williams' best events remaining.

ECAC Heptathlon Standings (Through Six Events)
1) Uhunoma Osazuwa, Syracuse - 4,549
2) Katie Guevel, William & Mary - 4,501
3) Natoya Baird, Coppin State - 4,377
4) Kiani Profit, Maryland - 4,260
5) Marie Williams, Liberty - 4,204

The decathlon discus is complete as well. Daniel Newell, Geren Woodbridge and Clarence Murray will head indoors, to the Jadwin Gymnasium, to pole vault next.

Matt Parker is next up on the track in the IC4A 110 hurdles prelims. He will run in the fourth of five heats.

10:45 a.m. - We'll keep an eye on the clock for all four IC4A 4 x 100 heats, to see if Liberty nabs one of the top eight times and a spot in the final.

Heat 1 - Syracuse wins in 40.77. Long Island is second in 41.09. Army third in 41.92. Binghamton fourth in 42.06.

Heat 2 - Monmouth wins in 41.29. UMBC second in 41.44. Albany third in 41.49. Harvard fourth in 41.98.

Heat 3 - Liberty is up now. They need to run 42.02 or faster to stay alive. 42.03 is eighth place right now. The Flames will use the quartet of James Hatch, Jacey Bailey, Phil Leineweber and Matt Parker, in that order.

Not real great handoffs for the Flames, who finish fifth in 42.20. They will not make the final. Temple won in 41.62, with Penn right behind the Owls in 41.63.

Heat 4 - Hampton wins in 40.64. Rutgers second in 41.31. Coppin State third in 41.32.

The Flames' next running event will be the IC4A 110 hurdles trials, including Matt Parker. The event will go off at 11:15.

10:15 a.m. - Marie Williams is still in fourth place, with two heptathlon disciplines remaining. She has totaled 3,743 points thus far, which is her highest-ever score through five events. Syracuse's Uhunoma Osazuwa retains the lead with 4,090 points. It doesn't look like there is a performance board down by the javelin runway. So, I probably won't be able to give in-progress updates for Williams in this event.

I don't think they will be using a performance board for the decathlon discus either. As a result, I will turn most of my focus to the running events, which will start in 15 minutes with the IC4A 4 x 100 relay prelims. I haven't heard a decathlon scoring update, but Daniel Newell will retain his lead through six events.

John Talbert won't start throwing the hammer for a while. He is in the third flight, and each flight contains 14 competitors.

The Liberty 4 x 100 relay quartet will line up in lane 6 of the third heat. The top eight times from the four heats will advance to Sunday's final on time.

9:50 a.m. - Murray runs 17.14 to place seventh in the first heat of the decathlon 110 hurdles. Damon Dixon of Hampton won the heat in 14.99.

Newell is just edged out at the line by Connecticut's Sean Smith. Smith runs 15.42 to Newell's season-best 15.44. Woodbridge is fourth in 16.02.

Marie Williams just went 5.29 meters, 17-4.25, on her final long jump attempt. So, her best will be 5.37 meters.

I'll give you updated multi-event scores once I track them down. Williams will move on to the javelin, her sixth event. Meanwhile, the Liberty decathlon trio will compete in the discus ring next.

9:40 a.m. - Williams is up again in the heptathlon long jump. Her second try reaches 5.07 meters, 16-7.75. She will be down to one final attempt.

We're also just minutes away from the start of the decathlon 110-meter hurdles. Clarence Murray will run in the first heat, with Daniel Newell and Geren Woodbridge in heat two.

9:33 a.m. - Marie Williams just took her first long jump attempt, and it was a good one. Season-best 5.37 meters, which equates to 17-7.5. She will have two tries remaining.

9:15 a.m. - Marie Williams is beginning to warm up for the heptathlon long jump, where she will attempt to improve upon her season best of 17-4.75 (5.30m). Yesterday, the decathletes long jumped from right to left on your computer screen. Today, Williams and the heptathletes will switch directions, jumping from left to right.

The wind is very light right now, even lighter than it was yesterday.

Liberty's decathletes are also warming up for the 110-meter hurdles, which will be run from left to right, in front of the Weaver Stadium bleachers.

Finally, the Flames' 4 x 100 relay quartet of James Hatch, Jacey Bailey, Phil Leineweber and Matt Parker is about to start warming up. They will run at 10:30 a.m.

I'll be back shortly, to provide updates on the start of the heptathlon and decathlon second day.

9 a.m. – Welcome back to Weaver Track & Field Stadium for the second day of the IC4A and ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Saturday is often referred to as "moving day" in major golf tournaments, and I think the term is appropriate for today's action as well.

Only 10 total event finals will be contested today, but the fields for Sunday's running event finals will be established during an extended session of prelim races. So, teams can put themselves in position to pick up major Sunday points with their Saturday performances.

Speaking of points, a strong Friday showing has put both the Liberty men's and women's squads in the top 10. Here are the team standings through yesterday's events, to review.

IC4A Team Scores (Through Four Events)
1) Liberty – 22
2) Virginia – 19
3) William & Mary – 18
4) Duquesne – 11
5T) Iona – 10
5T) Syracuse – 10

ECAC Team Scores (Through Three Events)
1) Duke – 19
2) Virginia – 13
3T) Princeton – 10
3T) West Virginia – 10
3T) William & Mary – 10
10T) Liberty – 5
10T) Providence – 5

Today's first events to get underway will be the ECAC heptathlon and IC4A decathlon. The heptathlon will start at 9:30 a.m., with the long jump, while the 110-meter hurdles will be the decathletes' first of five Saturday disciplines at 9:45. Liberty is set up to earn significant team points in both multi events. Here's how the standings look, through Friday's events.

IC4A Decathlon Day One Scores
1) Daniel Newell, Liberty – 3,767
2) Matt Miller, UNC Wilmington – 3,611
3) Damon Dixon, Hampton – 3,587
4T) Brian Blumenstein, UNC Wilmington – 3,565
4T) Ben Waruch, Connecticut – 3,565
7) Geren Woodbridge, Liberty – 3,524
11) Clarence Murray, Liberty – 3,183

ECAC Heptathlon Day One Scores
1) Uhunoma Osazuwa, Syracuse – 3,280
2) Katie Guevel, William & Mary – 3,209
3) Natoya Baird, Coppin State – 3,097
4) Marie Williams, Liberty – 3,080
5) Kiani Profit, Maryland – 3,038

Liberty will also be represented in a pair of Saturday field events. John Talbert, who finished as the discus runner-up Friday evening, will throw the hammer at the off-site throwing facility at 10 a.m. Ryan Bell and Elliot Galeone are then scheduled for the IC4A javelin at noon.

The major part of today's schedule consists of running event prelims, starting at 10:30 a.m. with the IC4A 4 x 100 relay. IC4A prelims will continue until 2:45 p.m., when the ECAC prelims take over the track, beginning with the 4 x 100 relay.

It's a bit foggy this morning, and rain could move in later in the afternoon. Let's hope that it waits until late afternoon! Yesterday was certainly a beautiful day for track & field.

I will update you on the performance Liberty's participants as the day progresses. As always, please let me know if there are any specific questions you would like me to address. Go Flames!