On Friday, Olivia Charnuski was able to celebrate her ECAC qualification in the women's 100-meter hurdles.
On a sunny Friday in Myrtle Beach, S.C., the Liberty men's and women's track & field squads notched some impressive performances at the Shamrock Invitational. Olivia Charnuski and the Lady Flames' 4 x 800 relay quartet both recorded ECAC qualifiers, while Elliot Galeone was victorious in the men's javelin for the second meet in a row.
Women's Meet Recap The grouping of Jennifer Klugh, Rod'Esther Castor, Amanda Wimbush and Meghan Burggraf clocked a 9:15.11 in the women's 4 x 800 relay, placing third in the race and meeting the ECAC standard. Led by Klugh's 2:17.2 split, the foursome became the seventh-fastest 4 x 800 squad in program history. Meanwhile, Charnuski led a strong showing in the women's 100-meter hurdles prelims, which saw three Lady Flames qualify for Saturday's event final. Charnuski's season-best 14.24 effort, the third-fastest qualifying time of the day, punched her ticket to the ECAC meet. She will be joined in the final by heptathletes Krystle Matthews (season-best 14.55) and Christina Mitchell (personal-best 14.89). For the second straight season, Hailey Neal crossed the line as the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase runner-up at the Shamrock Invitational. Her final time was 11:11.77. A pair of Lady Flames etched their names on Liberty's all-time top 10 list on Friday. Freshman Jocelyn Williams threw the hammer 141-10, placing seventh in the event and claiming the No. 6 spot in program history. Mia Aghaji cleared an outdoor personal-best 5-5 in the high jump, sharing eighth place. She is now tied for fifth on Liberty's all-time high jump list.
Men's Meet Recap After being named Big South Men's Field Athlete of the Week earlier in the day, Galeone dominated the men's javelin competition. All five of his legal throws sailed longer than any other competitor's top mark. Galeone's best throw of the day reached 221-1, giving him two straight javelin victories to open the 2011 outdoor season. Liberty also recorded top five finishes in four other events on Friday at Doug Shaw Stadium. Making his collegiate steeplechase debut, freshman Josh MacDonald placed second behind only his distance coach, Derek Scott. MacDonald's time of 9:22.93 ranks No. 10 in program history. Scott's winning time of 8:45.26 was a "B" qualifier for the 2011 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Flames' 4 x 800 quartet of Jarred Cornfield, Drew Edwards, Jordan Bright and Isaac Wendland clocked a 7:44.47 for fourth place. Aaron Johnson was another fourth-place finisher, after stretching the measuring tape out to 23-3.25 in the men's long jump. Ryan Smith uncorked a personal-best 183-7 in the men's hammer, claiming fifth place in a competitive event.
The Shamrock Invitational, as well as the Flames' week-long stay in the Palmetto State, will wrap up on Saturday. Action is slated to begin at 10 a.m.