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Chelanga to Open Season at Raleigh Relays

March 23, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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On Friday, Sam Chelanga will run his first outdoor track race since the 5K at the 2010 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, pictured above. (Photo by Brian Mason)

On Friday, Sam Chelanga will run his first outdoor track race since the 5K at the 2010 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, pictured above. (Photo by Brian Mason)

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Liberty redshirt senior Sam Chelanga will begin his final collegiate outdoor track & field season Friday, when he runs the 10K at the Raleigh Relays. His race, the final event on Friday's schedule, will be one of many events involving Liberty Flames at the two-day meet.

Action at Paul Derr Track will get started Friday at 10 a.m., with the men's discus and women's shot put. Saturday's first event will be section II of the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, set for a 9:30 a.m. start.

Weather Report
Friday is expected to be a pleasant early-spring day in Raleigh, N.C., as the forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and a high of 62 degrees. Weather could become a factor Saturday, when the high is predicted to be 60 degrees and there is a chance of scattered thunderstorms.

How to Follow the Flames and Lady Flames
Live results will be available for both days of competition at the Raleigh Relays, thanks to Flash Results, Inc.

Chronological Meet Preview
For the first time this outdoor season, Liberty has entered full men's and women's teams in this weekend's meet. A series of capsule previews highlighting some of the most noteworthy events follows, with the events listed in chronological order.

Friday, 11 a.m. – Men's Pole Vault
Kolby Shepherd will make another attempt to pole vault 17-0 or higher for the first time in a Liberty uniform, after coming close each of the last two weekends. He will face plenty of competition, in the form of All-Americans Parker Smith of North Carolina and Luke Schoen of Albany.

Friday, 5:20 p.m. – Women's Sprint Medley Relay
For the first time since the 2007 Penn Relays, the Lady Flames will compete in the sprint medley relay. Liberty's tentative lineup features Olivia Charnuski and Alyssa Pegues on the relay-opening 200-meter legs, followed by Mia Aghaji on the 400-meter leg and Meghan Burggraf running the 800-meter anchor leg. The school record of 3:57.43, set by Panthera Seymour, Christina Schlesinger, Kodi Pollard and Heather Sagan, has lasted for 10 years.

Friday, 8:20 p.m. – Women's 10K
Last year, Liberty senior Ashley Osborne enjoyed a breakthrough performance in the Raleigh Relays 10K. She ran a time of 35:35.65 which briefly ranked as the fastest time in the nation at the NCAA Division I level. Dacia Bushman hopes for a similar performance this season, under the lights on Friday. Her 10K personal-best time of 36:43.19 was achieved way back on May 16, 2008. Bushman is coming off of a stellar indoor track season, which saw the Iowa native cut her 5K personal best to 17:13.51 and win the Big South 5K title. Bushman's former teammate Carol Jefferson is also entered in Friday night's 10K. Jefferson qualified for the 2007 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 10K, representing Liberty.

Friday, 9 p.m. – Men's 10K
Chelanga will take the track for Friday's final race, the men's 10K final, two weeks after finishing as the 5K runner-up at the 2011 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. The collegiate record holder at the 10K distance (27:08.39) does not expect to be challenged on Friday, as no other entrant boasts a seed time faster than 30:00. The meet record of 28:46.74, set by John Mortimer in 2004, could be in jeopardy.

Saturday, 11 a.m. – Men's Javelin
Elliot Galeone will aim for his first Raleigh Relays men's javelin title, after finishing second in the event each of the past two seasons. He has won the javelin at each of his first two meets this season and improved his school record to 226-9 at the Coastal Carolina Invitational. On Saturday, he will face two of the ACC's best javelin throwers, Andy Fahringer of Virginia and Ben Lincoln of Wake Forest. Last season, Fahringer placed second at the ACC meet and Lincoln was third.

Saturday, 12:45 p.m. – Women's 1,500
Liberty distance aces Jennifer Klugh and Hailey Neal are both entered in the women's 1,500-meter run Saturday afternoon. For Klugh, it will be her first time competing at the 1,500-meter distance since the 2010 NCAA Preliminary Round meet. Meanwhile, Neal, the 2010 Big South 1,500 runner-up, will attempt to improve upon her 4:46.42 clocking from the Shamrock Invitational last weekend.

Saturday, 1:50 p.m. – Women's 800
Reigning Big South indoor and outdoor women's 800-meter champion Burggraf will be making her 2011 outdoor debut at the 800-meter distance on Saturday. She is the lone Liberty runner entered in the invitational section of the women's 800, which features runners seeded between 2:05 and 2:13.