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Williams' Meet Record Highlights Liberty Kickoff Day 1
Liberty redshirt junior Jocelyn Williams won the women's weight throw in meet-record fashion, highlighting a successful opening day for the host team at the 10th annual Liberty Kickoff, Wednesday inside the Tolsma Indoor Track Center.
Coming off of a redshirt season, Williams saved her best throw for last. Her sixth attempt landed at 61-1.5, breaking the meet record and winning the event by more than seven feet. Teammate Jennifer Nicholson finished fourth with a personal-best heave of 50-9.5, moving into fifth place in program history.
Junior Audrey Bamford led a Liberty sweep of the top four places in the pentathlon, scoring a personal-best 3,455 points. The Keystone State native started her day with a personal-best 9.03 clocking in the 60 hurdles, followed by a 5-3.75 high jump clearance, and never looked back.
Jessica Harrison (3,250 points) was second in the pentathlon, followed by Lady Flames Erika Jackson (personal-best 3,190 points) and Riley Brandon (3,189 points) in the third and fourth spots.
Freshmen excelled for the Lady Flames in the pole vault on Wednesday, paced by Brooke Shelton. She cleared 11-5.75 to win the event and grab the No. 6 spot on Liberty's all-time performance list. Fellow rookie Jessie Glynn vaulted 10-11.75 for the runner-up spot in the meet and eighth place in program history.
Freshman Zach Davis and redshirt sophomore Cody Bingham rank first and second, respectively, after the opening day of the heptathlon. Aided by a 6-6.75 high jump clearance, Davis leads the way with 2,856 points in his collegiate debut.
Bingham's score of 2,786 is the highest first-day point total of his career. He set personal-best marks in the long jump (21-3.25) and shot put (42-8) on the afternoon.
The Liberty Kickoff will resume Thursday at 9:30 a.m. with the women's triple jump and men's long jump. The women's 60-meter hurdles prelims will get the day's running events started at 11 a.m.