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Powell Wins Raleigh Relays Triple Jump Title

March 28, 2009  Raleigh, N.C.  RSS
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Clarence Powell captured the Raleigh Relays men's triple jump championship Saturday, in his 2009 outdoor track & field season debut.

Clarence Powell captured the Raleigh Relays men's triple jump championship Saturday, in his 2009 outdoor track & field season debut.

Liberty sophomore Clarence Powell made a sensational outdoor season debut, Saturday at the Raleigh Relays. He won the men's triple jump and qualified for the NCAA Division I East Regional Championships, headlining the Flames' performances at Paul Derr Track.

Some of Liberty's other highlights on the prestigious invitational's second day included a runner-up finish by Elliot Galeone (R-So., White Hall, Md.) in the men's javelin and a pair of stellar clockings by the Lady Flames' 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relay squads.

Men's Meet Recap
Powell (So., Marianna, Fla.) was the only men's triple jumper to land past the 49-foot mark on a day featuring variable wind conditions. Powell's top effort of 49-3.5 put him five inches in front of event runner-up Dwight Webley of George Mason and punched his ticket for the NCAA Division I East Regional Championships for the second straight year.

Galeone continued his string of consistent performances in the men's javelin, launching the spear 200-1 for second place. Coming off a redshirt season, Galeone has now exceeded the IC4A qualifying standard and finished either first or second in all three of his javelin competitions this spring.

Matt Parker (Sr., Rome, N.Y.), who had qualified for the 110-meter hurdles final on the strength of his Friday performance, ended up in 12th place on Saturday. Parker's official time was 14.82 seconds.

Will Reeves (Fr., Rustburg, Va.) stopped the clock in 4:01.00, the fastest 1,500-meter time by a Liberty men's runner this season. His time put him in sixth place among 70 competitors in Section II of the men's 1,500-meter run.

Women's Meet Recap
Appropriately, in a meet with the word "Relays" in its title, a pair of Liberty women's relay quartets excelled on Saturday. The 4 x 100 quartet of Olivia Charnuski (Fr., Elmira, Ontario), Alyssa Pegues (Fr., Warner Robins, Ga.), Chenoa Freeman (Jr., Lincoln, Del.) and Andrea Beckles (Sr., Lynchburg, Va.) got things started. The grouping finished eighth, in a season-best time of 46.38. The effort puts the foursome in the No. 2 spot on Liberty's all-time performance list.

About an hour later, the same four runners teamed up for another eighth-place finish. The Lady Flames shuffled their lineup, sending the baton from Beckles to Pegues to Charnuski to Freeman. The squad's final time of 1:39.85 ranks No. 5 in program history.

Earlier in the day, Beckles had participated in the women's 100-meter dash final. She battled a considerable headwind, as the senior crossed the line in 12.24 seconds for 13th place.

Liberty will now prepare for its first home meet of the 2009 outdoor season, the Liberty Collegiate Invitational. The two-day invitational at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex will get underway Friday at 1 p.m., with the start of the decathlon competition.