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Liberty Opens Season with 3 IC4A Qualifiers

March 12, 2010  Conway, S.C.  RSS
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Elliot Galeone's personal-best 207-10 in the javelin on Friday placed second at the Coastal Carolina Invitational and qualified him for the IC4A meet.

Elliot Galeone's personal-best 207-10 in the javelin on Friday placed second at the Coastal Carolina Invitational and qualified him for the IC4A meet.

Liberty got its 2010 outdoor track & field season off to a successful start on a light day of action with three IC4A-qualifying marks, Friday at the Coastal Carolina Invitational in Conway, S.C. Elliot Galeone and Ryan Bell hit the javelin standard, while Ryan Smith qualified in the hammer.

Galeone (R-Jr., White Hall, Md.) uncorked a career-best 207-10 in the javelin, taking meet runner-up honors for the second consecutive year. Teammate Bell (So., New Wilmington, Pa.) followed in fifth place, at 198-2.

Smith (R-Fr., Winder, Ga.), making his outdoor collegiate debut, placed eighth in the hammer at 174-6.

On the women's side, Melinda Bendik (Jr., Odessa, Texas) shone in the hammer. She placed sixth with a 160-4 toss, the longest throw by a Lady Flame since 2002. Bendik now ranks No. 2 in program history, behind only hammer record holder Keri Wallace.

The Coastal Carolina Invitational will resume at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. The day's first events include the women's 5K, men's discus, women's high jump and women's pole vault.