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NCAA East Regional Championship Blog: Day 2

May 30, 2009  Greensboro, N.C.  RSS
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Anthony Bryant, celebrating his birthday today, will be one of Liberty's two competitors in the men's triple jump, scheduled for a 5 p.m. start.

Anthony Bryant, celebrating his birthday today, will be one of Liberty's two competitors in the men's triple jump, scheduled for a 5 p.m. start.

From the press box high atop North Carolina A&T's Irwin Belk Track, LibertyFlames.com will provide live updates throughout the two days of the 2009 NCAA Division I East Regional Track & Field Championships. Please see below for other ways to follow all of the action.

Meet schedule

Live results

Men's heat/flight sheets

Women's heat/flight sheets

Greensboro weather

NCAA.com

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 pjcarmany@liberty.edu with any comments, questions or suggestions. Thanks!

8:05 p.m. - Anthony Bryant just took his final triple jump, and he will end up in sixth place. His second attempt, 51-3.75, stood up as his longest. The redshirt freshman was passed in the final round by David McFadgen of North Carolina A&T. As a result, Bryant will hope for at-large selection to the NCAA national meet. He entered the weekend ranked No. 20 in the nation, so his chances look pretty good. Again, Tuesday will be the day that he will learn his national meet fate.

The P.A. announcer said that John Talbert finished fifth in the men's discus, when we thought he finished sixth. Either way, he looks to have qualified for the national meet. However, a fifth-place showing would give him an automatic berth. The official results for the discus have not yet been posted.

With the men's triple jump now complete, we will be heading back to Lynchburg shortly. You can watch for official results and a full meet recap on LibertyFlames.com a bit later this evening. We know that Sam Chelanga and Matt Parker are headed to Fayetteville for sure. John Talbert, Anthony Bryant and Daniel Newell have Liberty's best chances of hearing their names added to the national qualification list on Tuesday.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, thanks for your interest in Liberty track & field and Go Flames!

7:20 p.m. - The men's discus has concluded and John Talbert finished sixth. He just missed grabbing one of the five automatic qualification positions for the NCAA national meet. However, he has an extremely good chance of making the trip to Fayetteville as an at-large selection. Talbert will have to wait until Tuesday to find out for sure, however.

We just wrapped up the triple jump prelims and will get set for finals. By my calculations, Anthony Bryant is still holding on to fifth place at 51-3.75.

7 p.m. - Sam Chelanga finished eighth in the Reebok Grand Prix, in 13:30.77. Not a bad final tune-up for the national meet!

The triple jump action is heating up by the minute, and Anthony Bryant is in the thick of it. He has jumped 51-3.75 so far, with one preliminary jump left. He is in fourth place at the moment. Alphonso Jordan of Georgia Tech leads the way at 53-9.25.

I'll pass along men's discus results when they finish competing.

6:45 p.m. - They are about to start the finals of the men's discus, and John Talbert currently sits in sixth position after his best preliminary throw reached 171-11. He hopes to move up at least one spot with his final three attempts and secure an automatic qualifying spot to the national meet. Steve Marcelle of Georgia Tech is the current leader at 182-3.

Looks like they're about to start the third flight of the men's triple jump and the 5K is underway at the Reebok Grand Prix. Hopefully it will take Sam Chelanga just over 13 minutes to complete 12.5 laps of the track at Icahn Stadium!

6:35 p.m. - Flight two of the men's triple jump is complete, and Anthony Bryant, clad in a white headband and his typical unique socks, jumped 49-5. He will not qualify for the final, however, as he currently sits in 11th place, entering the third and final flight.

Hometown favorite David McFadgen of North Carolina A&T leads the competition at 51-0.75, fouling his first two attempts before popping a big jump on his third try.

I'll be back a bit later with an update from the triple jump's third flight, which includes Anthony Bryant. Also, John Talbert is currently throwing the discus and I will attempt to figure out what's happening over there. Finally, Sam Chelanga's 5K race in New York goes off in five minutes. Again, click here to watch his race live.

5:40 p.m. - We just completed the first flight of the men's triple jump, with the jumpers reversing direction from yesterday. Today, they are jumping from left to right on your computer screen.

The best jump from the first flight was 49-6.25, by Penn State's Hanif Johnson. I would expect to see quite a few jumpers eclipse the 50-foot plateau, beginning with the second flight. Clarence Powell is currently warming up for this flight, and I will be back with another update after he takes his three attempts.

The biggest stir on the track so far was provided by the Florida State men's 4 x 100 relay team. The Seminoles, one of the national championship favorites, fell during the second exchange and did not finish the race.

4:30 p.m. – Welcome back to Greensboro, North Carolina, where it's another warm, sunny spring day in the Gate City. Last night, we saw Liberty's Matt Parker qualify for the national meet. Today, three more Flames will attempt to join Parker and Sam Chelanga in Fayetteville, Arkansas, as we complete the second and final day of the NCAA Division I East Regional Track & Field Championships.

Once again, five will be the magic number for all athletes competing in individual events. The top five finishers in each discipline will punch their tickets for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Meanwhile, athletes placing between sixth and 12th in their respective events will remain eligible for at-large selection.

Thirty minutes from now, the men's discus competition will commence at the throwing ring, located outside the east side of Irwin Belk Track. Freshman John Talbert, seeded No. 2 in the region, will attempt to claim one of the five automatic qualifying berths for the national meet. He will throw in the third and final flight, so he will have a while to wait before he unleashes his first attempt.

The men's triple jump will also begin at 5 p.m., including Liberty's Anthony Bryant and Clarence Powell. Powell will jump in the middle of three flights, while Bryant is scheduled to compete in the final section. Powell's career-long triple jump, 51-9, came at the 2008 regional meet in Tallahassee, Fla. Meanwhile, Bryant, celebrating his birthday today, enters the meet seeded No. 6 in the region and No. 20 nationally. So, he is in good position to qualify for the national meet with a solid performance today.

With the triple jump taking place on the runway located in front of the press box, I will focus most of my attention on that event, while also watching for discus updates. I will also pass along anything noteworthy I see on the track, since I have nine remaining blog posts and only two simultaneous events to cover.

Some of the top Big South athletes who will be in action on the track this evening include Charleston Southern's women's 4 x 100 relay quartet (5 p.m.), CSU's Levi Brooks in the men's 400 (6:20 p.m.), CSU's Dionne Gibson in the women's 200 (7 p.m.) and VMI's Donnie Cowart in the men's steeplechase (7:40 p.m.).

Last but not least, Sam Chelanga will run the 5K at the Reebok Grand Prix at 6:40 p.m. this evening in New York City. I plan to let you know how he fares against some of the best distance runners in the world, once I obtain his results. Click here for live results, if you want to keep an eye on them yourself. Also, here is a nice preview of Sam's race, courtesy of LetsRun.com.

The Reebok Grand Prix will be televised live on NBC from 4:30-6 p.m. this afternoon. Even though Sam's race will not be shown, there should be some exciting races, including some of the USA's best athletes like Tyson Gay, LaShawn Merritt, Jeremy Wariner, Jen Stuczynski and many more.

After NBC's coverage of the Reebok Grand Prix goes off the air, it now appears that Universal Sports will provide a webcast of the meet's remaining events, including the men's 5K. Click here for a link to the Universal Sports website.

It should be another fun day at the track. As always, please feel free to contact me at the above email address if you have any specific questions. Go Flames!