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Galeone's 214-5 Earns Javelin Runner-Up Spot

March 27, 2010  Raleigh, N.C.  RSS
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Elliot Galeone repeated as the Raleigh Relays men's javelin runner-up on Saturday, with a career-bst 214-5 toss.

Elliot Galeone repeated as the Raleigh Relays men's javelin runner-up on Saturday, with a career-bst 214-5 toss.

Watch videos of all of the Raleigh Relays races (courtesy of Flotrack.org)

Liberty redshirt junior Elliot Galeone uncorked the best javelin throw of his career, Saturday at the Raleigh Relays. The spear landed at 214-5, enabling Galeone to claim runner-up honors for the second consecutive year at the prestigious meet at Paul Derr Track.

Galeone (White Hall, Md.) had already qualified for the IC4A meet, but teammate Anthony Bryant (R-So., Charlottesville, Va.) met the IC4A triple jump standard for the first time this season. On the women's side, Rebekah Ricksecker (R-Sr., Laurel, Del.) posted an ECAC qualifier in her specialty event, the 1,500-meter run.

Men's Meet Recap
Galeone placed second in the Raleigh Relays javelin for the second consecutive season. Ironically, the same thrower—Buffalo's Casey Garbaty—took the event title both times. Galeone's effort represented a six and a half foot improvement over his previous javelin best and moved him up to No. 3 in program history.

From top to bottom, the men's javelin was Liberty's best event on Saturday. Ryan Bell (So., New Wilmington, Pa.) took sixth at 197-10, while Geren Woodbridge's (R-Jr., Allentown, Pa.) 175-3 attempt was good for the 11th position.

Continuing the Flames' successful season in the horizontal jumps, Bryant qualified for the IC4A Championship in the triple jump in his season debut. His top attempt measured 48-6.75, putting him in third place overall.

In a meet containing the word "Relays" as a prominent part of its title, the Flames' 4 x 400 quartet was the team's most effective relay squad of the meet. Drew Edwards (So., Anchorage, Alaska), Chris Herbst (R-Jr., Baiting Hollow, N.Y.), Taylor Courtney (Fr., Manheim, Pa.) and Andre Washington (Fr., Unionville, Va.) clocked a season-best 3:17.64 for 20th place, missing the IC4A standard by only .04 seconds.

Women's Meet Recap
Ricksecker crossed the line in 4:30.48 in her first 1,500-meter race of the season, garnering sixth place to lead a strong Liberty trio in the event. Jennifer Klugh (So., Centerburg, Ohio) followed in 4:38.63, taking 20th place with her personal-best effort.

Meanwhile, Hailey Neal (Jr., West Palm Beach, Fla.) ended up fourth in Section II of the 1,500. Her official time was 4:42.39.

The Lady Flames recorded a pair of top 10 finishes in Saturday's field events, led by freshman Shelley Parker (Lynchburg, Va.) in the pole vault. She set a new outdoor personal best at 11-5.75, sharing fourth place with Wright State's Erica Kemp. Parker is now also tied for the No. 4 position on the program's all-time performance list.

One week after setting the Liberty hammer record, Melinda Bendik (Jr., Odessa, Texas) stretched the measuring tape out to 174-8, which was good for seventh place in the competition.

For the first time, Liberty will be able to utilize the new Osborne Stadium seating area and press box for a home meet, when the Flames play host to the Liberty Collegiate Invitational, Friday and Saturday. Action at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex will get underway Friday at 1 p.m., with the decathlon 100-meter dash.