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Pegues Triple Jumps Her Way to ECAC Qualifier

February 13, 2010  Fayetteville, Ark.  RSS
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Sophomore Alyssa Pegues qualified for the ECAC Division I Championship in the triple jump with her performance Saturday at the Tyson Invitational.

Sophomore Alyssa Pegues qualified for the ECAC Division I Championship in the triple jump with her performance Saturday at the Tyson Invitational.

Competing in Saturday's opening event of the Tyson Invitational, the women's triple jump, Liberty sophomore Alyssa Pegues provided the Flames' biggest highlight of the day at the Randal Tyson Track Center. She uncorked the longest indoor triple jump by a Lady Flame since 2003, 39-5.75, qualifying for the ECAC meet in the process.

Pegues' (Warner Robins, Ga.) career-best leap, which came on her second attempt, netted 13th place in the event with a deep field. She is the Big South Conference triple jump leader for 2010 and now ranks No. 2 on Liberty's all-time performance list in the event, trailing only school record holder Jonisha Saunders.

Pegues was one of two sophomore Lady Flames to compete on Saturday. Olivia Charnuski (Elmira, Ontario) recorded a personal best for the second straight day, clocking a 25.31 in the 200-meter dash. She moved up to No. 7 on the Lady Flames' all-time performance list with her effort.

Just before Charnuski took the track, Josh Edmonds (Sr., Cooperstown, N.Y.) set a personal best of his own, in the men's 5K. He trimmed 10 seconds off of his time from last weekend's Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup, winning the college section of the event in 14:26.28. Only six Flames have ever run the event faster indoors, two of whom are Edmonds' current teammates—Sam Chelanga (R-Jr., Nairobi, Kenya) and Evans Kigen (R-Jr., Eldoret, Kenya).

Speaking of Chelanga, the six-time All-American and 2010 Bowerman candidate was originally entered in Saturday's invitational men's 3K, but decided to withdraw from the race after meeting the NCAA automatic qualification standard with his 13:44.16 5K, Friday night.

The fourth and final Liberty athlete in action on Saturday was Clarence Powell (Jr., Marianna, Fla.). He started his day with a first-attempt high jump clearance at 6-8.75, taking home second place in the event's college section. Powell later participated in the invitational triple jump, taking 12th place with a 47-10 leap.

With no meet scheduled for next weekend, the Flames and Lady Flames will now turn their attention toward the 2010 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, to be held Feb. 27-28 at the Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex. The Liberty men's team has won 12 consecutive Big South indoor team titles, while the Lady Flames will aim for their first Big South indoor team crown since 2005.