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Fulton, Hibbs Win Hokie Invitational Events
Liberty's Fred Fulton (men's shot put) and Sam Hibbs (men's 5K) both won their respective events, marking two of the Flames' top performances on Saturday at the Hokie Invitational inside Virginia Tech's Rector Field House.
Men's Day Two Recap
Fulton made it two-for-two in winning shot put competitions in a Liberty uniform, after previously finishing first at the Liberty Kickoff. His winning throw of 56-1.25 landed 17 inches past that of runner-up Ryan Coles from VCU.
Behind Fulton, teammates David Scouten (sixth place, 50-3.5) and Jacob DeValve (seventh place, 50-0.5) each cracked the 50-foot barrier for the first time this season.
Hibbs led the men's 5K from start to finish, with his personal-best time of 15:00.12 edging Richmond senior Adam Owens for the victory. Fellow Flames sophomore Josh Showalter took fourth place in 15:48.14.
Freshman Zach Davis continued to impress in the high jump, clearing a season-best 6-9.5 for second place in Saturday's competition. Coastal Carolina's Reggie Nelson, the 2013 Big South outdoor men's high jump runner-up, also made it over 6-9.5 but was awarded the victory on misses. Davis is now tied with teammate Kyle Wheeler for eighth place on Liberty's all-time indoor high jump ledger.
Liberty's men's mid-distance runners enjoyed a solid day, with three Flames dipping under 1:57 in the 800. John Sherret led the way in fourth place at 1:56.07, followed by Jacob Onifer (sixth place, indoor personal-best 1:56.66) and Colin Schultz (eighth place, 1:56.86), who was running the 800 for the first time in his collegiate career.
Meanwhile, Trevor Hope successfully dropped down to the 600-meter distance, garnering a runner-up finish with a personal-best time of 1:23.40.
Sherret and Schultz were joined by Stephen Racanelli and Tyler Weigandt on Liberty's 4 x 400 quartet, which clocked a season-best time of 3:23.40 for seventh place.
Earlier in the day, Racanelli ran his fastest 200-meter dash this season at 22.37 seconds, which was good for 10th place in the one-lap event.
Racanelli's freshman classmate Aklesso Agama came in seventh in the long jump, thanks to a 22-3 leap.
Cody Bingham pole vaulted a season-best 15-4.25 on his first attempt, placing 10th on the day.
Women's Day Two Recap
Junior Mychelle Cumings was the highest-finishing Lady Flame on Saturday, throwing the shot put 48-3.25 for third place. Rachel Barnes followed in the seventh spot, reaching 43-5.25 with her best attempt.
Staying in the field events, freshman Oasis Hernandez took sixth place with her 17-10.75 mark in the long jump. Meanwhile, Lady Flames Riley Brandon and Kristen Willeford shared 13th place in the high jump with matching 5-3.75 clearances.
Liberty's 4 x 400 grouping of Ansley Gebben, Corinn Bedell, Mary Witmer and Meghan Burggraf posted a season-best time of 3:54.43 to finish seventh.
Gebben also became the 10th Lady Flame ever to run a 400 dash in under 58 seconds indoors. The redshirt sophomore's official time of 57.86 placed her 13th in the 400.
Pentathletes Brandon and Jessica Harrison both fared well in the 600-meter run on Saturday, finishing first and second in their heat. Overall, Brandon came in seventh in 1:41.13 with Harrison claiming the eighth spot in 1:41.17.
Running the 5K indoors for the first time in a Liberty uniform, Chelsea Page finished sixth with a 19:02.11 effort.
Liberty will be back in action next Friday and Saturday (Jan. 31-Feb. 1), when a number of Flames and Lady Flames will travel to the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Hilton Garden Innvitational.