Big South Track & Field Posts Top Finishes on Friday


Wood Holds Second in IC4A Decathlon After Day One
PRINCETON, N.J. - VMI's Antonio Wood, on the strength of two top marks and a 400-meter personal best, ranks second in the decathlon after day one at the IC4A/ECAC Championships, which began Friday in Princeton, N.J.

Wood, the runner-up in the Big South decathlon last month, began his day by recording the second-best time (11.33) in the 100-meter dash. He then had the top mark in the long jump, a 6.94 meter (22'9 ¼") effort, and recovered from a disappointing shot put to take top marks in the high jump at 1.98 meters (6'6"). He then capped his day with a 50.91 400-meter dash, a personal best effort that gave him a total of 3,662 points.

Wood trails leader Felix Siljeback-Larsen of Manhattan by 21 markers heading into day two, but those two have nearly a 100-point cushion over third place, Ben Waruch of Connecticut.

The decathletes, as well as the rest of the IC4A/ECAC competitors, will return to action Saturday at 9 a.m.

Veatch, Dooms Compete on First Day of Georgia Tech Invitational
ATLANTA, Ga. - Radford's Aimee Veatch (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring) and Allen Dooms (Charlottesville, Va./Charlottesville) each posted high finishes in the hammer throw and 100m, respectively, on the first day of the Georgia Tech Invitational on Friday.
Veatch, previously ranked 67th in the NCAA East Region rankings, moved up three spots to 63rd with a season-best 54.00m / 177-02 hammer throw.  Her mark was good third place.
Dooms posted a 10.62 in the men's 100m dash to grab 10th collegiately in the prelims. Dooms' time was the fifth fastest time in program history. 
The second and final day of the event and will feature Brett Olinger (Timberville, Va./Broadway) in the 400m hurdles at 2 p.m.

MacDonald Places 3rd in IC4A Steeplechase
PRINCETON, N.J. - Four different Liberty athletes scored points during Friday's action at the IC4A and ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and all four were freshmen and sophomores. Leading the way for the Flames at Weaver Track & Field Stadium was sophomore Josh MacDonald, who came in third in the IC4A steeplechase final.

MacDonald's effort, coupled with Caleb Edmonds' seventh-place finish in the 5K, gave the Flames eight team points through Friday's trio of IC4A event finals. That has Liberty in a tie for sixth place with Dartmouth and MIT. Leading the IC4A standings is defending champion Duke, with 21 points.

On the women's side, freshmen Jennifer Nicholson and Mychelle Cumings combined for five points in the ECAC discus final. As a result, the Lady Flames share ninth place in the team standings with Albany, Connecticut, Maryland and Monmouth. Duke also leads the way in the ECAC race, tallying 31 points through four events.

Men's IC4A Recap
MacDonald led for a good portion of the IC4A steeplechase final and was still in contention for the victory entering the final straightaway. He ended up third at the finish line, after clocking the second-fastest time of his career, 8:57.34.

Senior Pedro Carela also competed in the steeplechase Friday evening, placing 21st in a time of 9:20.65 in his IC4A debut.

Edmonds, a redshirt freshman, improved his personal-best 5K time by two seconds on a cool New Jersey evening. His official time of 14:19.09 earned seventh place and also achieved a few family bragging rights. Edmonds' clocking enabled him to leapfrog older brother Josh Edmonds for fifth place on Liberty's all-time outdoor men's 5K performance list.

Edmonds was joined in the 5K by David Ricksecker, who placed 18th in a 14:30.04 effort.

Running his first 10K since winning the Big South title in the event, sophomore Ngetich Kipchirchir sliced 32 seconds off of his previous best time. He stopped the clock in 30:27.90 for ninth place in both the race and on Liberty's all-time 10K list.

Big South decathlon champion Jacob DeValve sits in fifth place through Friday's five events, with a score of 3,467. His top discipline on the day was the shot put, where the redshirt sophomore's mark of 48-2.75 was more than five feet longer than his nearest competitor.

Women's ECAC Recap
Prior to this season, only one women's discus thrower in program history (Janet Rorer) had ever reached the 150-foot mark. Friday evening, two Lady Flame freshmen did so in the same competition.

Nicholson led the way with a third throw that reached a season-best 150-3. That mark held up for sixth place in the event and puts Nicholson in the No. 3 spot all-time at Liberty.

Classmate Cumings followed closely at 150-1, taking seventh place in the competition.

Junior Khristina Kanagy wrapped up her successful year with a 16th-place showing in the women's 10K final. Her time was 37:01.08.

Christina Mitchell will have to play a bit of catch up if she hopes to repeat as ECAC heptathlon champion on Saturday. She ranks seventh through Friday's quartet of disciplines, with 2,724 points. Like DeValve in the decathlon, Mitchell won the heptathlon shot put. Her best throw of 38-2 landed a foot past any other heptathlete.

DeValve and Mitchell will be the first two Liberty athletes in action on a full Saturday of competition. DeValve will run the decathlon 110-meter hurdles at 9 a.m., the same time that Mitchell will begin the heptathlon long jump. Running events will commence at 10:30 a.m., with the ECAC 4 x 100 relay preliminaries.

Houston Advances at GT Invite
ATLANTA, Ga. - Select members of the CSU women's track & field team traveled to Atlanta on Friday to take part in the Georgia Tech Invitational as part of a tune up before next week's NCAA Regionals meet.

Gabrielle Houston finished third in the preliminaries of the 100-meter dash, qualifying for the final heat in a time of 11.49. Brittney Greer was 31st overall, taking second in her heat by crossing the finish line in 12.20.

In the throws, Joshlyn Noga, who had previously qualified for the Junior National meet to be held in Bloomington, Ind., took second in the shot put with a throw of 13.73 meters.

Mulern Jean ran a 14.32 to just miss qualifying for the finals in the 100-meter hurdles, taking eighth in her heat. Teammate Jasmine King took second in her heat with a 14.57.

Results for the long jump (Sequoya Casey) and 3,000-meter steeple chase (Adrienne Cuff) were incomplete as of late Friday night.

Young Earns Finals Bids at Georgia Tech Invite
ATLANTA, Ga. - In their final meet before the 2012 NCAA East Regionals, the CSU men's track & field team had another solid outing as they competed in the Georgia Tech Invitational, hosted by the Rambling Wreck on Friday in Atlanta.

Javon Young took fourth in the 100-meter dash preliminaries with a time of 10.34. Rozzie Johnson finished a spot out of qualifying for finals, taking ninth in the event in a time of 10.54.

Results for the long jump, which both Braxton Drummond and Lavon Allen competed in, were incomplete as of late Friday night.

The Buccaneers will be back in action at the meet tomorrow, competing in the 200-meter dash, 100-meter dash finals and 4x100 meter relay among other events. Results can be found here.

Willis Wins 5K at Roanoke
ROANOKE, Va. - Cabell Willis won the 5,000-meter run Thursday, competing as the lone Keydet in action at the Roanoke/Virginia Tech Twilight meet, contested in Roanoke, Va.

Willis captured his first overall title of the season with a 15:04.62 clocking, some seven seconds quicker than his closest competitor, Ryan Kuhns of Virginia Tech. Kuhns had timed in at 14:37 in early April, but Willis was able to easily best the Hokie freshman en route to the victory.

VMI track and field will return to action Friday, beginning competition at the IC4A/ECAC Championships, held in Princeton, N.J.