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Watson's 2:10 800 Highlights Tyson Day Two

February 14, 2009  Fayetteville, Ark.  RSS
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Jaime Watson qualified for the ECAC Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday, clocking a season-best 2:10.94 for 800 meters.

Jaime Watson qualified for the ECAC Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday, clocking a season-best 2:10.94 for 800 meters.

Liberty senior Jaime Watson clocked a season-best 800-meter time of 2:10.94, qualifying for the ECAC Indoor Championships and highlighting Liberty's Saturday efforts at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.

Watson (Ravenna, Mich.), the defending Big South and ECAC indoor 800-meter titlist, trimmed four seconds off her season best in her specialty event. The senior traversed four laps at the Randal Tyson Track Center in a Big South-leading time, placing seventh out of 38 entrants.

Reigning Big South and ECAC Athlete of the Week Anthony Bryant (R-Fr., Charlottesville, Va.) competed in a pair of events on the Tyson Invitational's second and final day. Bryant opened up with a 49-1.75 triple jump, sailing past 49 feet for the third time this season. His best effort netted fifth place in the college section of the event. Later, Bryant recorded a 12th-place finish in the championship section of the men's high jump, clearing 6-7.5.

Also competing in the championship men's high jump, senior Matt Parker (Rome, N.Y.) tied Ole Miss' Brian Knight for eighth place, after a second-attempt clearance at 6-10.75. Parker has enjoyed a consistent senior campaign, jumping at least 6-10 in each of his first four competitions.

Liberty's final competitor on Saturday was sophomore Clarence Powell (Marianna, Fla.). Powell started his double duty with a sixth-place showing in the college section of the men's high jump, topping out at 6-7.5. He then triple jumped 44-7, ending up 12th in the championship section of the event.

The Liberty men's and women's track & field teams will be back in action Feb. 26-27, when they travel to Clemson, S.C. for the New Balance Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships. The Flames will attempt to win an unprecedented 12th consecutive conference championship, while the Lady Flames hope to claim their first Big South indoor crown since 2005.