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Wendland Helps Liberty Finish 5th at IC4A Meet
Liberty redshirt senior Isaac Wendland captured the IC4A 1,500-meter title Sunday afternoon, helping the Flames finish fifth in the final team standings. Meanwhile, Mychelle Cumings finished as the ECAC shot put runner-up, contributing to the Lady Flames' tie for ninth place at the 2013 IC4A and ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Weaver Track & Field Stadium.
Liberty recorded its fifth top-five finish at the IC4A outdoor meet in the last seven years with a final score of 43.5 points. No. 19 Cornell came from behind on the meet's final day to take the IC4A crown with 68 points, while BYU placed second with 56 tallies.
The Lady Flames' 28 points tied them with Rutgers for ninth place in the final ECAC standings. Connecticut took home the team title with 73 points, putting the Huskies 20 points ahead of runner-up Maryland-Eastern Shore.
IC4A Day 3 Recap
Wendland earned his first career IC4A championship with a stirring come-from-behind performance in the 1,500 final. The Iowa native moved from third place into the lead during the final straightaway, crossing the finish line in a time of 3:47.32.
Wendland, who also claimed the Big South 1,500 title this season, joins Liberty assistant coach Josh McDougal (2007) as the only Flames ever to win the IC4A 1,500-meter championship.
Tarell Williams came in fifth in the 100 dash final, posting a time of 10.81 seconds into a slight headwind.
Earlier in the day, Williams teamed up with Roderick Spruel, Andre Washington and ConRoy Smith for fifth place in the 4 x 100 relay. The Flames' quartet finished in 41.16 seconds.
Ryan Smith hurled the shot put 56-0 for fifth place in that event. Teammate Kyle Wheeler cleared 6-10.25 in the high jump, sharing the sixth spot.
Chris Johnson triple jumped 47-9.25 to finish 13th, while Daniel Klase took 15th place in the javelin with a 193-11 heave.
ECAC Day 3 Recap
Cumings' second attempt in the shot put landed at a season-best 50-9.5. That placed the sophomore second in the competition, two spots ahead of her fourth-place ECAC finish as a freshman. She accounted for 18 of the Lady Flames' 28 points at the meet, as Cumings also won the discus title on Friday.
Teammate Rachel Barnes came in 15th in the shot put in her ECAC debut, reaching 42-4.75 on her best throw of the day.
Freshman Brittney Webley scored points in two events on Sunday, clocking a time of 14.08 seconds for seventh place in the 100 hurdles and running 62.46 seconds for the eighth spot in the 400 hurdles final.
Jacy Christiansen earned two more points for the Lady Flames, thanks to a seventh-place finish in the 3K final in 10:38.46.
Janae Jones reached 39-0.25 in the triple jump, finishing 12th overall.
The Flames and Lady Flames will now prepare for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, slated for May 23-25 at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C. The official list of qualifiers will be announced on Thursday.