Elliot Galeone placed seventh in the men's javelin on Friday, qualifying for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Day 2 Blog Liberty redshirt junior Elliot Galeone made it two Flames qualifiers to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in as many days, Friday at the NCAA Division I Preliminary Round track & field meet. He earned his trip to Oregon in the men's javelin, the day's opening event at Irwin Belk Track in Greensboro, N.C. Just as he did at the IC4A meet, Galeone posted a big throw, measuring 221-6, on his very first javelin attempt. That distance held up for seventh place and made the redshirt junior Liberty's first men's javelin thrower ever to qualify for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Galeone will compete in Eugene, Ore., on June 10, trying to become the Flames' first men's javelin All-American since 1979, when Jon Sprano claimed the NCCAA national title. Also posting a strong performance in the men's throwing events was redshirt freshman Ryan Smith, who entered the meet as the No. 37 seed in the men's shot put and one of only four freshmen in the field. His second attempt measured 57-8.25, adding eight inches to his personal best. The rookie made the final on the strength of that throw and claimed 16th place in the final standings. He also passed Jon Hart for the No. 2 spot on Liberty's all-time performance list in the outdoor men's shot put. Redshirt senior Jaime Watson closed out her stellar career with the second-fastest 800-meter time of her time at Liberty, 2:07.37. However, that earned 17th place in the quarterfinal round and left the Wolverine State native five spots away from a trip to Eugene. Watson graduates with nine individual and relay school records, combining the indoor and outdoor seasons. Also on the track, Olivia Charnuski clocked a sub-14.00 time in the women's 100-meter hurdles for the fourth time in her last five races. However, her 13.99 effort placed 43rd overall and failed to advance to Saturday's quarterfinal round. Junior Melinda Bendik, making her debut in the NCAA Division I postseason, placed 33rd in the women's hammer, with a top mark of 171-2. Competing in his second event in as many days, Clarence Powell was unsuccessful at his opening height of 6-9 in the men's high jump. The NCAA Division I Preliminary Round will wrap up on Saturday, and a quartet of Flames will be in action, beginning with Evans Kigen. His 3,000-meter steeplechase race was postponed by a thunderstorm late Friday evening and will now be contested Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. Additionally, Galeone will compete in the men's discus at 9:30 a.m., followed by Powell in the men's triple jump at noon and Sam Chelanga in the men's 5K at 8:05 p.m.