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Galeone, Men's 4 x 100 Highlight Day Two

April 23, 2010  Philadelphia, Pa.  RSS
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Elliot Galeone's career-best 172-11 discus throw netted second place in the Penn Relays' college section.

Elliot Galeone's career-best 172-11 discus throw netted second place in the Penn Relays' college section.

Liberty redshirt junior Elliot Galeone took runner-up honors in the college section of the men's discus and the Flames' men's 4 x 100 relay squad made the IC4A final, standing out on a busy Friday at the 116th Penn Relays.

Galeone, the recently crowned Big South men's discus champion, uncorked a personal-best 172-11 on his sixth and final discus attempt Friday afternoon. The effort, which landed more than five feet beyond the previous longest throw of his career, catapulted the Maryland native from sixth place to second, in the field of 30 competitors. Galeone also climbed past 1989 Penn Relays decathlon champion Henry Elliott and into fourth place on Liberty's all-time performance list in the discus.

The Flames' first running event of the day at Franklin Field was the men's 4 x 100 relay preliminaries. Roderick Spruel, Andre Washington, Oronde Vassell and Jacey Bailey clocked a 41.73, which placed third in their heat and 29th overall out of 87 teams. Most importantly, the effort secured a berth in Saturday afternoon's 4 x 100 IC4A final.

Galeone was one of Liberty's five top-10 individual finishers on a busy day of men's field events, including a pair in the pole vault's college section. Fresh off a Big South title, Cody Fridgen cleared an outdoor career-high and IC4A-qualifying 15-9 on his second try, tying for seventh place. Meanwhile, Geren Woodbridge shared 10th place in the section, after a 15-3 clearance.

Big South shot put champion Ryan Smith placed seventh in the college section of the event on Friday. His best put of the day reached 52-10.25.

Clarence Powell competed in two events on the day, claiming an eighth-place finish in the men's long jump Eastern section with a wind-aided leap of 23-7.25 and high jumping 6-8.25 for 12th place in the college section of the high jump. Anthony Bryant joined him in the high jump, finishing 18th with a successful clearance at 6-6.75.

Returning to the track, the quartet of Olivia Charnuski, Krystle Matthews, Christina Mitchell and Rachel Houseknecht posted the second-fastest shuttle hurdles relay time in program history, 59.61. The clocking put the Lady Flames in 10th place overall.

Finally, Liberty men's and women's squads both competed in the afternoon's 4 x 200 relay prelims. Spruel, Washington, Vassell and Bailey joined top qualifier Texas A&M in the opening men's heat, crossing the line in 1:28.16 for 36th place.

On the women's side, Melanie Sims, Chenoa Freeman, Alyssa Pegues and Jaime Watson finished 31st, with an official time of 1:39.86. The quartet now comprises the 7th-fastest women's 4 x 200 grouping in Liberty history.

Bryant will be Liberty's first competitor on the most highly-anticipated Saturday at the Penn Relays in many years. He will triple jump, starting at 9 a.m. The Flames' first event on the Franklin Field track will be the men's 4 x 100 IC4A final at 1:22 p.m. Highlights from Saturday's action will be broadcast on ESPN2, Saturday evening from 8-10 p.m.