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Bamford, Brandon Place 4-5 in ECAC Pentathlon
Liberty juniors Audrey Bamford and Riley Brandon placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in Friday's ECAC pentathlon competition, highlighting the Flames' opening day at the 2014 IC4A and ECAC Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center.
With the pentathlon the only event completed thus far, Liberty currently ranks second in the ECAC team standings with nine points. Lehigh leads the way with 10 points, thanks to Brooke Astor's pentathlon victory.
Bamford totaled 3,531 points while improving four spots from her eighth-place finish in the 2013 ECAC pentathlon. The Keystone State native posted the second-fastest 60 hurdles time of the day (8.97), while placing third among the pentathletes in both the shot put (35-4) and long jump (18-0.25). Bamford then clocked a personal-best 800 time of 2:31.71 to hold off teammate Brandon in the final standings.
Brandon also climbed four places from her 2013 ECAC pentathlon showing, finishing just three points behind Bamford with a career-best 3,528 markers. One week after winning the Big South pentathlon title, Brandon moved into fifth place in program history.
Brandon equaled the top high jump clearance of the day at 5-4.25 and then won the 800-meter run in a personal-best 2:19.41 to close out the competition with a bang.
The Lady Flames had a total of five competitors among the 15 entrants in the ECAC pentathlon, also including Erika Jackson (12th place, 3,286 points), Jessica Harrison (14th place, 3,181 points) and Ashley Eubank (15th place, career-high 2,976 points).
The first four events of the IC4A heptathlon were also contested on Friday, and Tevan McIntire currently ranks fifth with 2,777 points. That puts the redshirt junior just two points behind Big South champion Quincy Murphy of VMI. McIntire had the second-longest shot put mark of the competition, 38-2, and tied for the second-best high jump clearance of the evening at 6-4.
Meanwhile, freshman Zach Gilroy totaled 2,420 points on the day. He will enter day two of his IC4A heptathlon debut in 10th place overall.
The meet will resume Saturday at 10 a.m. with the IC4A heptathlon 60-meter hurdles, triple jump and weight throw.