Liberty celebrates its second IC4A outdoor runner-up finish in a row.
Day 3 Blog Redshirt junior Elliot Galeone set the school record in the javelin, Sunday at the IC4A and ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Princeton's William Weaver Track & Field Stadium. His effort helped the Flames claim their second consecutive IC4A team runner-up trophy, while the Lady Flames shared 15th place in the final ECAC standings. The Liberty men's squad finished with 55 team points, nine fewer than IC4A champion Connecticut. It was the Flames' fourth straight top two finish at this meet. Liberty won back-to-back IC4A titles in 2007 and 2008, before placing second in 2009 and 2010. Meanwhile, the Lady Flames tied Seton Hall and Boston University for the 15th spot, with 22 points. Connecticut was victorious in the ECAC meet as well, posting a 105-54 margin of victory over second-place Columbia.
Men's Meet Recap Galeone's Liberty-record effort, a 224-3 toss, came on his very first javelin throw Sunday morning. He placed third in the event, after adding 10 feet to his previous career best and solidifying his place in the NCAA Division I Preliminary Round meet. Galeone's throw bettered the previous school record of 217-10, set by teammate Ryan Bell on April 16, 2009 at the Big South meet. Clarence Powell's first triple jump attempt was also his best. The junior stretched the measuring tape to 49-10 for fourth place, giving him a total of 11 points at this meet. Powell previously took third-place honors in the long jump on Saturday. Redshirt freshman Ryan Smith threw 56-8.75 for sixth place in a tightly contested shot put competition. In the final field event to wrap up on a sunny, pleasant Sunday afternoon, third place and seventh place were separated by only five inches. The Flames' other two team points on Sunday came in the 4 x 100 relay. Roderick Spruel, Andre Washington, Kevin Fogg and Jacey Bailey clocked a 41.34 for seventh place in the final.
Women's Meet Recap Sophomore Olivia Charnuski kept busy on the meet's third and final day, starting out by teaming up with Melanie Sims, Chenoa Freeman and Alyssa Pegues in the ECAC 4 x 100 relay final. The quartet placed seventh with a season-best time of 46.19 seconds. Forty-five minutes later, Charnuski ran a 13.90 to claim sixth place in the 100-meter hurdles final. It was her fifth race in two days. Another Lady Flames sophomore, Jennifer Klugh, competed in the 1,500-meter run final on Sunday. She ended up 10th with a 4:30.66 clocking.
Liberty's next meet will be the NCAA Division I Preliminary Round, slated for May 27-29 in Greensboro, N.C. The final list of participants for the three-day event, which will determine the qualifiers for the 2010 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, will be announced on Friday.