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Williams Equals Liberty Weight Throw Record
Liberty redshirt junior Jocelyn Williams tied her own school record in the women's weight throw with a 62-6.5 heave, headlining a successful Friday for the host team at the Liberty Open.
The Lady Flames won three events on the day at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center, as Williams, Riley Brandon (pentathlon) and Brooke Shelton (pole vault) were all victorious.
All of Williams' weight throw attempts would have won the competition, including the sixth and final throw which reached 62-6.5. Williams tied the program-record mark, which she had originally achieved while winning the ECAC women's weight throw title on March 4, 2012 in Boston.
Williams, who won the event by more than nine feet on Friday, currently ranks No. 17 nationally. It was the second straight Liberty Open women's weight throw victory for the New Jersey native.
Shelton was also able to win her event at the Liberty Open for the second year in a row, after doing so as a senior at Ledford High School in 2013. On Friday, the freshman edged Washington & Lee's Elizabeth Stanton for first place, thanks to a first-attempt clearance at 11-3.75.
Shelton, who has now won each of her first two collegiate pole vault competitions, went on to post a pair of near misses at the ECAC standard height of 11-9.75 before wrapping up her day.
Liberty enjoyed a successful day in the pentathlon, as Brandon, Jessica Harrison and Erika Jackson finished 1-2-3 in the final standings and all three tallied personal-best scores.
Brandon's winning score of 3,346 points was significantly aided by an indoor personal-best high jump clearance of 5-4.5. She also fared well in the running events, notching a personal best of 9.67 in the 60 hurdles and closing the competition with a victory in the 800-meter run in 2:24.88.
Harrison, who recorded the day's top mark in the shot put (35-2), placed second with 3,274 points. Meanwhile, Jackson's third-place performance of 3,246 points featured personal-best efforts in the long jump (16-5), shot put (34-5.75) and 800 (2:30.87).
Freshman Zach Davis ranks second in the heptathlon standings through Friday's four events with 2,836 points. He wrapped up his day with a 6-8.25 high jump clearance, qualifying for the IC4A meet and tying for ninth place on Liberty's all-time list for the event.
The Liberty Open will resume Saturday at 9 a.m. with the men's weight throw. Running events will commence at 11 a.m., when the gun goes off for the women's 60-meter hurdles prelims.