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Bailey Qualifies for IC4A in 200 Dash

February 19, 2010  Blacksburg, Va.  RSS
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Jacey Bailey has now qualified for the IC4A meet in the 60, 200 and 4 x 400 relay.

Jacey Bailey has now qualified for the IC4A meet in the 60, 200 and 4 x 400 relay.

Junior Jacey Bailey continued his late-season surge, Friday evening at the Virginia Tech Challenge. One week after winning a trio of events at the Liberty Quad, he hit the IC4A qualifying standard in the 200-meter dash with an indoor personal-best 22.23 clocking.

Bailey's (Tamarac, Fla.) time, good for 12th place out of 40 entrants in the event, was a scant one-hundredth of a second under the IC4A mark of 22.24 on the Rector Field House's banked track. The Sunshine State native has now qualified for the IC4A Indoor Track & Field Championships in three events, also including the 60-meter dash and 4 x 400 relay.

Bailey also competed in the 60 on Friday, qualifying for the final with a 7.00 preliminary time. An hour later, he improved to 6.99 and crossed the finish line in sixth place.

Freshman teammate Roderick Spruel (Fredericksburg, Va.) ran the men's 60 and 200 as well. He clocked a 7.10 for 15th place in the 60-meter prelims and later took 29th place in the 200 with a 23.34.

In the field events, Liberty was represented in both the men's and women's weight throw. Ryan Smith (R-Fr., Winder, Ga.) claimed eighth place in the men's event, after reaching 52-6 on his fourth attempt. Meanwhile, Melinda Bendik's (Jr., Odessa, Texas) opening weight throw of 50-2.75 was her best effort, and it stood up for ninth place on the women's side.

Finally, sophomore Aaron Johnson (Virginia Beach, Va.) long jumped 21-8, tying William & Mary's Ben Katz for 17th place.

Only one Liberty competitor will be in action on Saturday at the Virginia Tech Challenge. Sophomore Jennifer Klugh (Centerburg, Ohio) is scheduled to run the women's mile at 2:40 p.m.