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Cumings, MacDonald Star on Saturday
Liberty's Mychelle Cumings (women's discus) and Josh MacDonald (men's steeplechase) won their respective events and posted ECAC/IC4A qualifiers, highlighting Liberty's performances at the Coastal Carolina Invitational on Saturday. The Flames and Lady Flames totaled three ECAC qualifiers and a quartet of IC4A qualifications on the day at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.
Men's Meet Recap
Building off of a successful indoor campaign which saw him win the Big South men's 5K title, MacDonald fashioned an impressive outdoor season opener in the steeplechase. He won the event by 21 seconds with a time of 8:57.26 that was less than a second off of his personal best.
Big South indoor men's high jump champion Kyle Wheeler also made a smooth transition to the outdoor season. He cleared 6-8.75 to place fifth and qualify for the IC4A meet.
Jacob DeValve was the Flames' final individual IC4A qualifier, heaving the shot put a personal-best 52-0.5 for runner-up honors in the event.
Andre Washington, Tyler Weigandt, Kyle Gill and Paul Arslain, the same quartet who won the Big South indoor men's 4 x 400 title, clocked a time of 3:17.58 on Saturday. That was good for second place in the race and a berth at the IC4A meet.
Washington also lowered his 400 hurdles personal-best time to 55.40 seconds on the day, earning fourth place.
After winning the Coastal Carolina Invitational men's 200 title a season ago, sophomore Leonard Robbins placed second in the event on Saturday by recording a time of 21.94 into a headwind.
Isaac Wendland came in second in the men's 1,500 on Saturday with a time of 3:56.14. It was the redshirt senior's first individual race in a Liberty uniform in more than a year.
Freshman Ken Ritchey rounded out the Flames' top-five finishers on the men's side, coming in fourth in the pole vault at 15-1.
Women's Meet Recap
All three of the Lady Flames' ECAC qualifications came in the discus, led by defending Big South champion Cumings' winning toss of 163-0. Jennifer Nicholson came in second with a collegiate-best mark of 150-8. Jocelyn Williams reached 142-10 for fourth place.
Fellow thrower Rachel Barnes boosted her shot put personal best to 43-1.5, taking second place in the event and climbing to third on Liberty's all-time outdoor list.
Amanda Wimbush raced to a personal-best time of 2:14.82, coming in second.
Betel Yosef crossed the line in 11:19.74 in the steeplechase for a third-place finish.
The Lady Flames' 4 x 400 relay grouping of Mary Echols, Janae Jones, Abigail Flower and Ansley Gebben stopped the clock in 3:55.16 for fifth place.
Gebben also came in fifth in the 400 dash, posting a time of 58.08.
Liberty will remain in Myrtle Beach to train this week, before competing in the Shamrock Invitational. The meet is slated for Thursday through Saturday at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.