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Zelinskas Ties for Second in New Balance High Jump
Nine Liberty men's and women's track and field athletes are in Manhattan this weekend to compete against some of the nation's top collegiate performers. Zelinskas (Dayton, Ohio) more than held her own on the opening day of action. She cleared 5-6.25 in her first event of the day, the college high jump, and was one of eight competitors to clear the same height. Event winner Tiara Swanigan of Florida State also leapt 5-6.25, but took first place on misses.
In the 60-meter hurdles, Zelinskas sped to an 8.64 clocking in the prelims. Her effort was the 13th-fastest of the day and earned her a spot in Saturday's consolation final.
Juniors Carol Jefferson (Schwenksville, Pa.) and Piper Newby (Hayden Lake, Idaho) both dipped under the 18-minute mark in the 5,000 meters, placing 11th and 14th, respectively in the championship section. Jefferson's time of 17:26.45 was a season-best performance and is the fastest time in the Big South Conference so far this year.
Philip Leineweber (So., New Freedom, Pa.) starred for the Flames men's team on Friday, winning his heat of the 400-meter dash in a season-best 48.55 seconds. His effort, which was good for 25th place overall, marks the second-fastest time in the Big South this season.
The second and final day of the New Balance Collegiate Invitational will open with the women's weight throw at 8:45 a.m. Saturday morning.