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Pratt Wins Javelin in Collegiate Debut

March 11, 2016
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Brenna Smith placed fourth in the women's javelin at the Coastal Carolina Invitational on Friday.

Liberty freshman Denzel Pratt opened his collegiate career in impressive fashion, winning the men's javelin competition at the Coastal Carolina Invitational, Friday at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.

Pratt reached a Liberty freshman-record 219-7 on the very first throw of his collegiate career, and it held up as the Bahamaian's best effort of the day. Pratt won the competition by 45 feet and likely qualified for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet.

Pratt already ranks No. 3 in Liberty history and No. 9 on the Big South's all-time men's javelin list after just one meet. He also tops the NCAA Division I national list at this very early juncture of the 2016 outdoor season.

Pratt, who threw just one foot shy of his lifetime best of 220-7 from the 2014 Penn Relays, recorded five marks of 203-7 or longer on the day.

Liberty also enjoyed success in the women's javelin, paced by Brenna Smith's fourth-place finish (127-8). Heptathletes Riley Brandon (114-9) and Jessica Harrison (100-5) followed in 14th and 24th place, respectively.

Junior Catherine Oyarzun was another athlete who made a successful Liberty debut on Friday. She placed seventh in the women's hammer at 158-5, claiming the No. 6 spot in program history.

Teammate Dasiana Larson threw the hammer 148-5 for 11th place, while 2015 Liberty graduate Jocelyn Williams won the competition with a 197-5 heave.

In the men's hammer, Seth Lewis improved his personal best to 153-8 for a sixth-place finish.

The Coastal Carolina Invitational will conclude with a full day of action on Saturday, beginning with the men's discus at 9 a.m.