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4 Flames Notch ECAC/IC4A Qualifiers on Saturday
Liberty's quartet of Abigail Flower, Jennifer Nicholson, David Scouten and ConRoy Smith each recorded ECAC/IC4A-qualifying performances during the final day of the Coastal Carolina Invitational, Saturday at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.
Women's Day Two Recap
Nicholson was Liberty's lone event champion on the day, thanks to her discus throw of 148-5 in the third round. The junior defeated Wake Forest's Casidy Callahan by eight inches and hit the ECAC standard in the process.
Flower won her heat and finished second overall in the 200-meter dash, with a time of 24.30 seconds that dipped well under the ECAC standard of 24.74.
Freshman Mary Witmer made a successful debut in the 400 hurdles, capturing runner-up honors in a time of 1:02.80.
Witmer also joined Corinn Bedell, Mary Echols and Janae Jones on Liberty's fourth-place 4 x 400 relay quartet. They posted a time of 3:52.34.
Rachel Barnes' shot put mark of 44-0.75 earned a third-place finish in the event.
Jessie Proehl clocked a 3K time of 10:42.69, coming in sixth place overall.
Men's Day Two Recap
Scouten nearly won the men's discus title, but was beaten by seven inches on the sixth and final throw by Wake Forest's Steve Michaelsen. Scouten finished second and qualified for the IC4A meet with his 160-11 heave. The redshirt sophomore has now punched his IC4A ticket in the shot put, discus and hammer already.
Teammate Tim Abbott followed in fifth place with a 148-7 discus throw. He also came in seventh in the shot put competition, reaching an outdoor personal-best 48-10.25.
Smith won his heat and came in third place overall in the 200 dash, clocking a time of 21.75 to qualify for the IC4A meet.
Ken Ritchey cleared 14-7.25 to place fourth in the "A" section of the pole vault. Meanwhile, Kyle Wheeler's 6-4.75 high jump clearance tied him for sixth place in the "A" section of that event.
Liberty will next compete against Commonwealth foes Hampton, James Madison, Norfolk State, Radford and host Virginia on Saturday at the Virginia Cup. The one-day meet will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Lannigan Field in Charlottesville.