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Climbers tackle bouldering routes at local comp (with video)

October 31, 2017  |  Lynchburg, Va. 

Liberty's men's climbers, including Landon Brewer (above), who placed fourth, secured the top five places in Saturday's competition. (Photo by Andrew Snyder)

In the closest thing Liberty University's rock climbing team has had to a home competition since it debuted as a Club Sports team last fall, the Flames took the top five places in the men's individual standings and the Lady Flames put four climbers in the top six of the women's division, Saturday at Rise Up Climbing in Downtown Lynchburg.

Liberty had 16 of the 25 total entries in the Collegiate Climbing Series bouldering event, which also drew climbers from fellow Capital Region members William & Mary and George Mason.

"It went really well," Liberty Head Coach Elliot Gaunt said. "The team did great and I was very proud of them. We were really excited with how the team turned out and competed. It was good for our climbers to see where they are as far as competition and handling the challenges of the climbing routes."

Rise Up had a total of 50 bouldering problems set up, ranking from 1 being the easiest and 50 the most difficult. Climbers in the red-point competition were allotted three hours to try to complete the five best bouldering problems they could handle.

"A lot of our guys and girls were able to do climbs into the upper 40s, so almost the hardest they had to offer," Gaunt said. "They did a fantastic job of pacing themselves. Even though there wasn't a lot of competition from other schools, they did a good job pushing themselves to do the best that they possibly could."

Lady Flames freshman Tori Perkins won the women's competition. (Photo by Andrew Snyder)

Lady Flames freshman Tori Perkins, who competed at last month's World Championships in Austria, placed first in the women's competition followed by teammates Stephanie Wilson (fourth), Ruth Jang (fifth), and Meredith Pagurko (sixth).

Liberty had the top five finishers in the men's competition, with graduate student Mark Chauvette placing first followed by Sean Farney, Jonathan Anderson, Landon Brower, and Zachary Lamouthe.

The Flames and Lady Flames will next compete on Nov. 10 when Gaunt will take his travel team to the River Rock Beatdown bouldering competition in Roanoke, where Virginia Tech and Virginia were among the Capital Region teams represented last year. Meanwhile, Liberty's developmental climbers will enter the Golden Boulder Comp, the Fall semester's event at the LaHaye Recreation & Fitness Center's rock wall, open to all Liberty students.

 

By Ted Allen/Staff Writer

Members of Liberty's travel team competed at Rise Up on Saturday. (Photo by Andrew Snyder)

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Schedule
Results
Jan 20, 9:00 AM - Brevard, NC
at
Rock Climbing
Brevard Rock Gym
DAYS
HOURS
MINS
SECS
Rock Climbing
at Brevard Rock Gym
Jan 20, 9:00 AM - Brevard, NC

Rock Climbing
at The Gravity Vault
Feb 17, 9:00 AM - Chatham, NJ

Rock Climbing
at Crimper's Climbing Gym
Feb 24, 9:00 AM - Christiansburg, VA

Rock Climbing
vs. Rise Up
Mar 3, 9:00 AM - Lynchburg, VA

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Oct 28
Rock Climbing
vs. Collegiate Local/Rise Up
Men's 1st-5th Place

Sep 16
Rock Climbing
at Raleigh Rampage Citizens Comp
2nd Place Finishers

Mar 4
Rock Climbing
at 2017 Collegiate Local - The Gravity
Chauvette - 6th

Feb 18
Rock Climbing
at 2017 Collegiate Local - The Crag
Messer -1st

Nov 4
Rock Climbing
at USA Climbing Collegiate Competition
1st place - Team

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