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2009 IC4A/ECAC Outdoor Track Blog: Day 3

May 17, 2009  Princeton, N.J.  RSS
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Senior Tim O'Donnell will be Liberty's final competitor at this year's IC4A Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He is scheduled to run the 400-meter hurdles at 2:05 p.m.

Senior Tim O'Donnell will be Liberty's final competitor at this year's IC4A Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He is scheduled to run the 400-meter hurdles at 2:05 p.m.

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.

Live results/meet schedule (courtesy of

IC4A heat sheets (Updated for Sunday)

ECAC heat sheets (Updated for Sunday)

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3:15 p.m. - Albany puts an exclamation point on its team title, finishing second in the 4 x 400. So, the IC4A final score is Albany 68, Liberty 56.

The women's high jump is still going on. So, we aren't sure where the Lady Flames will place yet. Right now, Liberty is tied for 20th place with Harvard. Both teams have 16 points.

Thank you for your interest in Liberty track & field and enjoy the rest of your Sunday. We plan to return with the blog at the NCAA Division I East Regional Championships, two weeks from now. Go Flames!

3 p.m. - All eyes are on the IC4A 4 x 800 relay. All 10 qualified teams are out on the track, including the Albany quartet.

Albany wins the race in 7:24.72. The Great Danes will be the 2009 IC4A champions. Liberty will finish second. The score is currently Albany 60, Liberty 56. The Great Danes still have the 4 x 400 left. Congratulations to Albany for sweeping the 2009 IC4A indoor and outdoor titles. They only had 10 points entering Sunday, so the Great Danes have had a great final day.

2:50 p.m. - In an effort to pass the time, the Liberty athletes are playing a little game in the bleachers--trying to see if they can stick pieces of white athletic tape on teammates' backs without them noticing.

Andrew Bartels has been the biggest victim so far. He currently sports three pieces of tape on his back, and is completely unsuspecting.

2:45 p.m. - With two events remaining, here's how the IC4A standings look.

1) Liberty - 56
2) Rutgers - 55
3) Manhattan - 51
4) Albany - 50

All other teams are more than 20 points behind the Flames. So, they can't mathematically catch Liberty.

Rutgers and Manhattan are done competing, like Liberty.

So, we have confirmed that Liberty and Albany are the only two teams who can mathematically win.

Albany is entered in both the 4 x 800 and 4 x 400 relays. We'll see how they go.

2:25 p.m. - Rutgers wins the IC4A 200-meter dash, leaving the Scarlet Knights with a final score of 55. Liberty leads with 56 points, and Rutgers has 55. Both teams are finished though. Remember that Matt Parker edged Rutgers' high jumper for first place earlier today. How important is that now?!

We're still about 25 minutes away from the start of the IC4A 4 x 800.

2:10 p.m. - Tim O'Donnell runs 52.04 for seventh place. Liberty is in the clubhouse, so to speak, with 56 points. Albany has 50, after a 1-2 finish in the 400 hurdles. The Great Danes have 4 x 800 and 4 x 400 relay teams left. They need seven points to unseat the Flames as IC4A champions. As I mentioned earlier, Albany was the indoor IC4A titlist.

We're scoreboard watching now. The good news is that it appears a top two finish is all but assured for the Flames. We'll be watching the 4 x 800 and 4 x 400 relay races intently in a little bit.

Marie Williams could not get over the opening high jump height, 5-4. So, both the Flames and the Lady Flames are finished competing at this point.

2:05 p.m. - Manhattan will win the triple jump with Albany second. The Great Danes will enter their most important event, the 400 hurdles, with 32 points. Liberty still has 54.

2 p.m. - I have just been informed that Manhattan's 400-meter hurdler is at graduation and will not compete in five minutes. So, the Jaspers are mathematically eliminated.

It appears that it's down to Liberty and Albany for the title.

1:55 p.m. - Marie Williams just missed on her high jump attempt at 5-4.

The next event on the track will be the pivotal 400-meter hurdles. Tim O'Donnell of Liberty will battle a pair of Albany runners and a Manhattan Jasper.

The IC4A triple jump has reached the final round of jumps, with Manhattan still first and Albany second in that event.

1:50 p.m. - Quick scoring correction. Rutgers has 45 points. With the 200-meter dash favorite, the Scarlet Knights could potentially reach 55. So, they remain in the hunt with Liberty, Albany and Manhattan.

1:45 p.m. - Manhattan's' Hudak was the IC4A 800-meter runner-up. So, the Jaspers have 41 points. They also boast the current triple jump leader.

Again, Liberty has 54 points with Tim O'Donnell scheduled to run the 400 hurdles at 2:05. Albany, with 25 points and the current triple jump runner-up has two very good 400-meter hurdlers. Manhattan's last chance at points is in this event too.

Rutgers did not do well in the 800. So, it looks like the Scarlet Knights are out of the team championship running. It appears to be a three-horse race between Liberty, Manhattan and Albany. The 400 hurdles will determine a lot.

1:35 p.m. - Looks like Marie Williams is still warming up for the ECAC high jump, which has been delayed a bit. They appear to be ready to start shortly.

A couple big events coming up on the track--the IC4A 800 and 400 hurdles. All of the contenders--Manhattan, Albany, Rutgers and Liberty--are represented here.

1:20 p.m. - Anthony Bryant just took his third triple jump, and he will not make finals. With Manhattan and Albany triple jumpers near the top of the standings, this event could greatly chip away at the Flames' team lead.

1:05 p.m. - Not a good second jump for Anthony Bryant. It will come down to his final attempt to get into the final.

12:55 p.m. - Liberty's lead over Manhattan and Rutgers still stands at 21 points, with eight events left.

12:50 p.m. - Anthony Bryant just fouled his first triple jump attempt. He will have two tries remaining.

12:45 p.m. - They just announced the current IC4A team standings. Liberty is on top with 54 points, with Manhattan and Rutgers sharing second place, with 33 points apiece. Albany just scored six points in the 110 hurdles, boosting the Great Danes' score to 25. Albany was the indoor IC4A champion.

Nine events still remain, and Liberty has two more scoring opportunities--Anthony Bryant and Clarence Powell in the triple jump and Tim O'Donnell in the 400 hurdles.

12:40 p.m. - We know that Liberty has 54 points to top the current IC4A standings. I think Rutgers and Manhattan both have 33. Albany is at 19 with a lot of events remaining.

12:20 p.m. - Powell fouled his final attempt. We'll have to see if he can sneak into the final. Anthony Bryant will start warming up for the third flight of the triple jump shortly.

12:15 p.m. - Actually, the Liberty women's team has one more event. Marie Williams, who earlier finished third in the heptathlon this weekend, will high jump at 1 p.m. They are bringing the high jump pit back outdoors for her event.

12:10 p.m. - The Lady Flames clock 46.56 for fourth place in the 4 x 100 relay. Five more points will give Liberty a final team score of 16 points in the ECAC championship. We'll see how that holds up.

Clarence Powell's second triple jump is 47-8. He will have one jump left to try to improve his chances at finals.

Siddeeq of Albany just recorded the day's longest triple jump, 50-1.75.

11:55 a.m. - Sporting neon green and pink socks, Clarence Powell opens up at 47-3 in the triple jump. He'll probably need to improve on his final two attempts to qualify for finals.

We're about ready to start the ECAC 4 x 100 relay, with Olivia Charnuski, Alyssa Pegues, Chenoa Freeman and Andrea Beckles getting prepared to sprint.

11:50 a.m. - Matt Parker is Liberty's first-ever IC4A high jump champion! Neither he nor Bergo were successful at 7-2.25, so Parker takes the title with a perfectly clean sheet. No misses, all the eway from his opening height up to 7-1. Only 12 high jumpers in the nation had gone higher than 7-1 this season, prior to this weekend.

With Parker's 10 points, Liberty's team score has reached 54 with two strong events remaining for the Flames. Anthony Bryant and Clarence Powell have yet to begin triple jumping, and Tim O'Donnell is set for the 400 hurdles in a little over two hours.

Liberty's IC4A title chances still look good, but we'll keep an eye on the scoreboard as other event finals are contested.

11:40 a.m. - With the high jump bar lifted to 7-1, both Parker and Bergo are successful on their first try. It's a new personal best for Parker, and also breaks Anthony Bryant's school record of 7-0.5. They will move on to 7-2.25 next.

11:35 a.m. - Parker keeps rolling, sailing over 6-11.75 on his first attempt. They are down to two jumpers left alive--Parker and a Rutgers athlete, freshman Adam Bergo. So, Parker is guaranteed a top two IC4A finish for the second straight year!

No one reached 15 meters in the first triple jump flight. Clarence Powell is warming up for flight No. 2 at this time.

Looks like Andrew Bartels is done shot putting. I'll try to get an update from the throwing circle.

25 minutes until the Lady Flames take the track in the ECAC 4 x 100 relay.

It's getting fun!

11:20 a.m. - Matt Parker is over on his first attempt at 6-10.75 as well. Three jumpers made that height, the regional qualifying standard, on their first try. Parker is still in first place, with zero misses.

Next up is 6-11.75, which would be Parker's highest-ever clearance outdoors (although this competition is actually taking place inside.)

11:15 a.m. - Seven high jumpers were successful at 6-9.5. Matt Parker is the only jumper without a miss so far. Next up is 6-10.75.

The best triple jump I have seen so far is 47-8, by Cornell senior Gary Jones. We're still in the opening flight.

11:05 a.m. - Here's your first high jump update, and it's mixed news for the Flames. Anthony Bryant missed all three attempts at 6-8.25. So, he's out.

Now, for the good news ... Matt Parker passed the opening height and came in at 6-9.5. He got over the bar with a huge clearance on his first attempt. Only eight jumpers are still alive, and Parker is the only one in the field without a miss.

The first triple jumper is now on the runway.

10:55 a.m. - Andrew Bartels is now starting to warm up for the third flight of the shot put. We are also several minutes away from the start of the IC4A triple jump. I'll keep an eye out for good performances, to see where Clarence Powell and Anthony Bryant stack up when they enter the competition later on.

Three rows in front of me, a trio of Liberty tracksters are reading. Ryan Bell is reading the Bible, James Hatch has a John Grisham book and Ashley Osborne is studying some sort of textbook.

10:45 a.m. - Matt Parker and Anthony Bryant have not started jumping yet. Many athletes are having problems with the opening height, a tough 6-8.25.

10:35 a.m. - Quick update in the IC4A shot put. Jotanovic actually threw 63-9.5. They just announced that correction over the P.A. system. That will be tough to beat. By way of comparison, Liberty's outdoor school record is 61-3, set by Clendon Henderson last year.

10:25 a.m. - No high jump updates yet, but I do have a little shot put information to share. They have completed the first flight. Leading the way, as expected, is Manhattan's Milan Jotanovic. He threw 63-5. The Jaspers are hoping he can win the event and get 10 team points. As I mentioned previously, Manhattan is one of the teams which could catch Liberty today.

10:05 a.m. - I just poked my head inside Jadwin Gymnasium to survey the high jump scene. I didn't realize how chilly it is outside, until I felt how warm it is in there! I really can't complain about the weather, though. It's still dry and the sun is even trying to poke through the clouds.

I asked Coach Tolsma to call me with periodic high jump updates, which I will in turn pass along to you.

Out here at Weaver Track & Field Stadium, activity is starting to pick up. The IC4A shot put just got started. Again, Liberty senior Andrew Bartels, the Big South indoor shot put champion, will throw in the third flight. So, he won't make his first throw until at least 11 a.m.

Athletes are also beginning to get loose for the ECAC javelin, ECAC triple jump and IC4A triple jump. It looks like the jumps will be conducted from left to right on your computer screen. The wind is swirling, but I guess they decided the prevailing tailwind was pointed in that direction.

The triple jump will not start until 11 a.m. Clarence Powell is set for the second flight, while Anthony Bryant got moved into the third and final flight. Hopefully the high jump competition will be wrapping up by then.

9:40 a.m. - I'm hoping that not many people read this blog for the next couple hours, because of attending church. I'll just post updates to help you catch up on the action after you have returned home from Sunday worship.

Because our team will be at the track during the church hour today, we conducted a team church service at the hotel last night. It included a beautiful song by Chenoa Freeman, a message by Coach Tolsma entitled "Do the Right Thing," and several testimonies by the coaches and student-athletes.

9:30 a.m. - Due to the cool, windy conditions and the threat of rain, they have moved the IC4A high jump competition indoors. The event will be contested at the adjacent indoor track facility, inside Princeton's Jadwin Gymnasium.

I'm tempted to move indoors myself to keep an eye on the high jump (and to thaw out a bit). However, I fear I may lose my precious power plug within the Weaver Stadium bleachers if I do so. As a result, I think I'll stay here and keep in touch with Coaches Tolsma and Bingham for high jump progress updates.

Just talking about the high jump evokes memories of last year's IC4A high jump competition. The event remained outdoors, despite a driving rainstorm. Only two jumpers were successful at the opening height. One of the two was Liberty's Matt Parker, who slithered over the bar on his third and final attempt to earn eight team points and propel the Flames to the IC4A team title.

Parker is back in action today, with significantly better jumping conditions. He won the Big South high jump title indoors, while teammate Anthony Bryant took the Big South outdoor high jump crown. The duo will attempt to help Liberty build upon its 21-point lead in the team standings this morning.

The high jump is set for a 10 a.m. start, with 30 competitors entered in the field.

The IC4A shot put will also begin at 10 a.m., but Andrew Bartels will not throw until the third of three flights. That event remains outside.

9:25 a.m. – We have reached Championship Sunday at the 2009 IC4A and ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, at Weaver Track & Field Stadium in Princeton, N.J. The long-promised rain has finally found us, in the form of a few light passing showers, but it will be hard-pressed to damped Liberty's spirits.

On the men's side, the Flames have positioned themselves very well to earn their third consecutive IC4A team championship trophy. Liberty has totaled 44 points through the first nine events, leaving the Flames 21 points ahead of second-place Manhattan. The teams with the best chances of catching Liberty on Sunday include Manhattan, Albany and Cornell.

The Lady Flames are also battling for a top 10 finish. Currently, Liberty's 11 points leave the team in a tie with Rhode Island for ninth.

IC4A Team Scores (Through Nine Events)
1) Liberty – 44
2) Manhattan - 23
3T) Rutgers - 19
3T) Virginia - 19
5) William & Mary - 18

ECAC Team Scores (Through Eight Events)
1) Virginia – 37
2) Cornell – 22
3) William & Mary - 21
4) Princeton – 20
5) Duke – 19.25
9T) Liberty – 11
9T) Rhode Island – 11

We will have three field events to keep an eye on this morning, followed by a pair of races this afternoon.

At 10 a.m., Andrew Bartels will begin throwing the shot put, while the duo of Anthony Bryant and Matt Parker open the IC4A high jump competition.

One hour later, Bryant will need to divide his attention, as the Big South Outstanding Men's Field Performer is also entered in the triple jump. Teammate Clarence Powell will join him in the event characterized by its rhythmic clapping while the athletes are on the runway.

Olivia Charnuski, Alyssa Pegues, Chenoa Freeman and Andrea Beckles will make one more attempt to break the school 4 x 100 relay record at noon. However, today's cool, damp conditions could hinder their attempt.

Finally, Tim O'Donnell will compete in the IC4A 400 hurdles at 2:05 p.m.

The meet is expected to wrap up around 3:15 p.m., at which time the team trophies will be awarded.
It should be a fun afternoon, between trying to keep my laptop dry and keeping all of you updated on the Flames' chances at another IC4A championship.

In keeping with Tiger Woods' Sunday tradition, I have broken out my red shirt (something I'm actually wearing, as opposed to a strategy to keep Liberty's special group of senior track & field athletes around for another year). Let's hope it works as well for the Flames as it often has for Tiger.

Weather permitting, I will update you on the performance of 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!