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Liberty Men's 4 x 800 Qualifies for IC4A Meet
The Liberty men's 4 x 800 relay quartet of Andrew Crowell, Trevor Hope, Jacob Onifer and John Sherret won the event in an IC4A-qualifying time of 7:50.16, highlighting Friday's performances at the 10th annual Liberty Open at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center.
The Flames' 4 x 800 clocking makes them the eighth-fastest quartet in program history and narrowly missed the facility record of 7:49.34. The squad will now have the chance to return to Boston for the 2015 IC4A Indoor Track & Field Championships in March. Last season, Hope, Onifer and Sherret set the program 4 x 800 record (7:29.15) and went on to place sixth in the IC4A final.
Meanwhile, the Lady Flames were also victorious in the 4 x 800 relay, crossing the finish line in 9:31.96 to win by more than 18 seconds. The team of Riley Brandon, Megan Versen, Christieanna Apon and Jacy Christiansen just missed both the meet record and ECAC qualifying standard by less than a second.
Liberty swept the top four places in the women's pole vault, topped by freshman Mariel Finger's winning clearance of 11-3.75, which ties her for eighth place on the Lady Flames' all-time list. Lady Flames freshmen have now won the pole vault at each of this season's first two meets, as Audrey Rabe was victorious at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational.
Jennifer Smith heaved the weight 50-11.5 to place second in the event, while freshman teammate Dasiana Larson was third with a personal-best mark of 49-4.25. That enabled Larson to climb into the No. 7 spot in program history.
Fellow freshman Holly Arey fashioned one of the day's biggest breakthrough performances. After throwing the weight 36-0.25 at the season-opening Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational, Arey came in fifth at 45-3 on Friday.
Sophomore Zach Davis ranks second in the heptathlon, first among collegiate athletes, after scoring 2,823 points during Friday's four events. He topped all heptathletes in the high jump (6-6.25) and long jumped an indoor personal-best 22-1.75. That puts Davis 113 tallies behind Richard Roethel, a two-time NCAA Division III multi-event national champion during his days at Christopher Newport.
Tevan McIntire sits in third place overall with 2,775 points through the heptathlon's opening day. The Colorado native achieved a new indoor personal best in the shot put on Friday, reaching 40-3.25.
The Liberty Open will wrap up with a full day of competition on Saturday at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center, beginning at 9 a.m. with the men's weight throw. Running events will get started at 11 a.m., when the gun goes off for the women's 60-meter hurdles prelims.