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Host Flames Win 9 Liberty Quad Events
The host team won nine events and recorded four new IC4A/ECAC qualifying performances during the eighth annual Liberty Quad, which wrapped up on Monday at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center.
The meet was delayed three days by the 10 inches of snowfall which Lynchburg received on Feb. 12-13. However, athletes from nine different colleges and universities still competed and produced some impressive marks.
Meet records were eclipsed in the women's triple jump (39-3.75) and women's pentathlon (3,609), while the women's high jump standard of 5-7 was matched.
Women's Meet Recap
Lady Flames were responsible for both new Liberty Quad records, beginning with junior Audrey Bamford's superb effort in the pentathlon. Her winning score of 3,609 set a new personal best by 154 points and moved Bamford up to fourth place in program history.
Along the way, Bamford established new personal bests in the 60 hurdles (8.86) and long jump (18-1.75) while also achieving an indoor personal best in the shot put (36-2.75). The Pennsylvania native now ranks eighth on Liberty's all-time 60 hurdles list.
Not to be totally overshadowed by her classmate, Riley Brandon also enjoyed a successful day in the pentathlon. Her score of 3,486, a personal best by 140 points, placed Brandon second in the competition and punched her ticket to the ECAC meet. She now sits seventh on Liberty's all-time performance list for the pentathlon.
Brandon's top events were the high jump (5-6), shot put (34-10.25) and 800 (2:21.64), all of which saw her set new personal-best marks. Her high jump clearance is tied for fourth in program history and ranks Brandon No. 2 in the Big South this season.
Sophomore Janae Jones was Liberty's other record breaker on Monday, thanks to her winning triple jump mark of 39-3.75. Teammate Melissa Rohwer finished as the runner-up, stretching out to a season-best 38-10.25.
Rohwer also came in second in the long jump, thanks to a season-best leap of 17-9.75. Jones' season-best 17-8.75 jump netted third place.
Rachel Barnes and Jennifer Nicholson both excelled in the evening's final event, the women's shot put. Barnes' indoor personal-best throw of 45-1.75 took fourth place in a deep field.
Meanwhile, Nicholson added nearly two feet to her previous shot put best, heaving her sixth and final attempt 43-10. She placed ninth in the event while climbing to sixth place in program history. Four of the top six indoor women's shot putters on Liberty's all-time list are current members of this year's team, including Barnes, Nicholson, school-record holder Mychelle Cumings and Jocelyn Willliams.
Two days after setting the program 60-meter dash school record two time zones away in Albuquerque, N.M., freshman Oasis Hernandez came in a close second in the women's 200 final in 25.75 seconds.
The Lady Flames also took runner-up honors in the 4 x 400 relay, as the quartet of Mary Echols, Mary Witmer, Hannah Scherlacher and Corinn Bedell raced to a time of 4:03.16.
Men's Meet Recap
Even with Big South-leading Fred Fulton sitting out Monday's meet, Liberty went 1-2-3 in the men's shot put and earned two new IC4A qualifiers. Redshirt sophomore David Scouten led the way with a season-best and IC4A-qualifying throw of 52-2.5.
Competing in just his second meet in a Liberty uniform, South African Constand Van Rooyen took second place at 51-7, punching his IC4A ticket. Jacob DeValve rounded out the Flames' sweep with a mark of 50-1.25.
The Flames' other IC4A qualifier came in the 4 x 800 relay, as Liberty posted a time of 7:54.39 despite running the race alone. Colin Schultz, Trevor Hope, Jacob Onifer and John Sherret comprised the Flames' relay quartet.
Sherret later equaled his indoor-best 800-meter time of 1:54.79 while holding off defending Big South indoor 800 champion Jacob Lysher from VMI for the victory.
Jarred Cornfield led the men's 1,000-meter run from wire to wire with a winning time of 2:30.64 which missed out on the IC4A standard by a tantalizing one-tenth of a second.
Day one heptathlon leader Tevan McIntire was able to close out victory in the event, scoring 4,961 points. He equaled his pole vault personal best of 12-9.5 on Monday, helping him finish with an 84-point heptathlon personal best.
Liberty's other two victories came in the horizontal jumps, thanks to Aklesso Agama's 46-5.5 mark in the triple jump and Tarell Williams' 21-2.5 long jump. Williams also ran the 60-meter dash, taking third place in a season-best time of 7.04 seconds.
Defending Big South indoor high jump champion Kyle Wheeler made his high jump season debut on Monday, clearing 6-4.25 for second place. Teammate Patrick Donigan also got over 6-4.25 for a new season best and third place in the event.
Liberty will now prepare for the 2014 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, set for Feb. 28 and March 1 at Virginia Tech's Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va. The Flames will shoot for their 17th straight team title, while the Lady Flames will attempt to claim their fourth championship in five years.