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Powell, Reeves Stand Out at Shamrock Invite

March 20, 2010  Conway, S.C.  RSS
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Will Reeves won the men's 1,500-meter run, Saturday at the Shamrock Invitational.

Will Reeves won the men's 1,500-meter run, Saturday at the Shamrock Invitational.

Liberty junior Clarence Powell qualified for the IC4A meet in the men's triple jump and redshirt sophomore Will Reeves won the men's 1,500, accounting for two of the Flames' biggest highlights, Saturday at the Shamrock Invitational.

Men's Meet Recap
Powell (Marianna, Fla.), making his outdoor debut in the triple jump after winning the Big South indoor crown, took fourth place at 48-4.5. His leap exceeded the IC4A standard by 9.5 inches.

The Flames and Lady Flames recorded many top 10 finishes on Saturday, but Reeves (Rustburg, Va.) was the only one to break the tap in first place. His winning time in the 1,500-meter run was 3:57.95, and he was trailed by teammate Evans Kigen (R-Jr., Eldoret, Kenya) in sixth place at 4:00.62.

Liberty took third place in both of Saturday's men's throwing events, the shot put and discus. Ryan Smith's (R-Fr., Winder, Ga.) 54-11.5 shot put moved him into fourth place in program history, while Elliot Galeone's (R-Jr., White Hall, Md.) 153-9 discus heave stood up for third.

Wrapping up the field events, Cody Fridgen (So., Sarasota, Fla.) pole vaulted 15-7 for the second weekend in a row, claiming fourth place. In the long jump, Kevin Reddington (Fr., Vancouver, Wash.) reached 22-5.75 for 10th place.

The Flames put two 400-meter hurdlers in the top 10, paced by freshman Taylor Courtney (Manheim, Pa.). Courtney crossed the line fourth in 54.02 seconds, while Chris Johnson (So., Virginia Beach, Va.) clocked a 54.82 for ninth place.

Mark Hopely (Jr., Carney's Point, N.J.) shared fourth place in the 3K, posting an 8:55.47.

Both of Liberty's relay quartets posted season-best times and top 10 finishes. Jacey Bailey (Jr., Tamarac, Fla.), Roderick Spruel (Fr., Fredericksburg, Va.), Kevin Fogg (Fr., Raleigh, N.C.) and Chris Herbst (R-Jr., Baiting Hollow, N.Y.) placed 10th with a 41.72 in the 4 x 100. Meanwhile, Bailey, Herbst, Andre Washington (Fr., Unionville, Va.) and Courtney's 3:18.69 placed seventh overall in the 4 x 400.

Women's Meet Recap
Three weeks ago, Rebekah Ricksecker (R-Sr., Laurel, Del.) and Jennifer Klugh (So., Centerburg, Ohio) provided one of the most memorable moments of the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships when they led the Lady Flames' 1-2-3 sweep in the women's mile final. On Saturday, Ricksecker and Klugh both recorded runner-up finishes in their respective events.

Ricksecker came in second in the 800 with a 2:11.93 clocking. Meanwhile, Klugh's 9:57.03 in the 3K earned a second-place finish in the event and moves her up to No. 3 in program history.

Klugh was backed up in the 3K by Ashley Osborne's (R-Sr., Bristol, Va.) fourth-place finish. Her official time was 10:10.56.

Olivia Charnuski (So., Elmira, Ontario) claimed a fourth-place finish of her own, after running 14.53 in the 100-meter hurdles. In Friday's prelims, she had clocked a season-best 14.43.

Chenoa Freeman (Sr., Lincoln, Del.) ran the 400 in 56.11, nabbing sixth place in the event. Teammate Alyssa Pegues (So., Warner Robins, Ga.) was Liberty's final top 10 finisher on the women's side, triple jumping 38-1.25 for the 10th position.

Liberty will be represented in two different meets next weekend, the Raleigh Relays and the Washington & Lee Track & Field Carnival. Both events will get underway on Friday.