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Liberty Women Lead, Men 2nd After ECAC/IC4A Day 2
The Liberty women's team leads the ECAC team standings, while the men's squad currently ranks second in the IC4A race after a successful Saturday at the 2014 IC4A and ECAC Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. Jocelyn Williams (ECAC weight throw) and Josh MacDonald (IC4A men's 5K) both notched runner-up finishes, while the men's 4 x 800 relay quartet shattered the program record at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center.
The Lady Flames, who have never finished higher than 11th at this meet, lead the way with 22 points through the first six ECAC event finals. Coppin State ranks second with 21 points, while defending champion Connecticut is third with 18 markers.
On the men's side, Liberty scored points in all five IC4A events which concluded on Saturday. With 25 points, the Flames sit five tallies behind Cornell entering the meet's final day.
Women's ECAC Day Two Recap
The 2012 ECAC women's weight throw champion, Williams finished second this time around. The redshirt junior's top effort of the day reached 61-3.5.
Sophomore Janae Jones and freshman Oasis Hernandez combined for five team points in the women's triple jump. Jones reached 40-0.5 for sixth place, while Hernandez jumped a season-best 39-11.25 to come in seventh.
Liberty will have the chance to score more points on the track on Sunday, as Ansley Gebben and Meghan Burggraf qualified for the finals in their respective events. Gebben clocked a time of 55.70 seconds in the 400 dash prelims, while Burggraf won her heat of the 800 in 2:08.37.
Men's IC4A Day Two Recap
MacDonald sped to a season-best time of 14:11.94 for second place in the IC4A 5K final. The California native improved upon his third-place finish from 2013.
Freshman Aklesso Agama triple jumped 48-2.75 for fourth place in the event. He matched the distance of Sacred Heart's Gregory Hazell but had a longer second jump.
Another freshman, Zach Davis, made a successful second-attempt clearance at 6-10.25 to tie for fourth place in the final high jump standings.
David Scouten added a foot to his weight throw personal best, reaching 62-9.5 for fifth place in the event.
Aided by a personal-best pole vault clearance of 13-3.5, Tevan McIntire finished fifth in the heptathlon with a career-best score of 4,999 points. The redshirt junior now ranks No. 6 in program history after finishing one spot ahead of Big South champion Quincy Murphy of VMI and just four points out of fourth place.
Zach Gilroy ended up 10th in his IC4A heptathlon debut, tallying 4,597 points. The freshman had the third-best pole vault clearance of the competition (14-3.25) and then won the heptathlon 1,000-meter run in a personal-best 2:45.19.
The quartet of Jacob Onifer, Colin Schultz, Trevor Hope and John Sherret qualified for Sunday's 4 x 800 relay final while running a program-record time of 7:29.15. Onifer got things started with a 1:54.5 split, Schultz followed in 1:51.5, Hope carried the baton for 1:52.8 and Sherret brought it home in a stellar 1:50.4.
The Flames shattered the previous indoor school record of 7:37.44, which had stood since March 3, 1996. The time was also superior to Liberty's outdoor school mark of 7:31.60 from the 2004 IC4A meet.
Continuing a strong day for Liberty's freshmen, Stephen Racanelli advanced to the 200 dash final and the 60 dash semifinals. His personal-best 200 time of 21.45 seconds moves him up to No. 2 in program history, while his 60 clocking of 6.90 seconds tied for the fastest in any of Saturday's preliminary heats.
Racanelli will be joined by teammate ConRoy Smith in the 60 semifinals, after the senior posted a qualifying time of 7.00 seconds.
The meet's third and final day will get started Sunday at 9:30 a.m., with the IC4A long jump and ECAC shot put.