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Liberty Makes History in Decathlon, Men's Javelin

April 4, 2014
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Zach Davis became the first Liberty decathlete ever to high jump 6-9 and leads the Liberty Collegiate Invitational decathlon competition with 3,577 points.

The host team made some history on a warm, breezy opening day of the 2014 Liberty Collegiate Invitational, Friday at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex. Freshman Zach Davis' 6-9 high jump clearance was the best ever by a Liberty decathlete, while this is believed to be the first time three Flames have ever thrown over 60 meters (196-10) in the men's javelin at the same meet.

Men's Day One Recap
The men's javelin was the most competitive event of the day, as six competitors (three from Liberty and three from Monmouth) exceeded the IC4A qualifying standard of 192-7. Leading the way was Monmouth sophomore McLean Lipschutz, who set a new facility record at 234-8.

Liberty's Steve Feister placed third with the longest javelin throw of his collegiate career, 208-3. Teammates Daniel Klase (205-4) and Jacob DeValve (198-11) followed in fourth and fifth, respectively, as each established a new personal best in the event.

DeValve, who had previously notched an IC4A qualifier in the shot put, becomes the first Flame ever to qualify for the IC4A meet in both the men's shot put and javelin.

Davis was impressive during the opening day of his first-ever decathlon competition and owns a 10-point lead with 3,577 points through five events. The New Jersey native long jumped a personal-best 22-6.25 and later high jumped a season-best 6-9.

Davis' 6-9 clearance is the best-ever high jump performance by a Flame during a decathlon competition, bettering James Johnson's 6-8.75 effort at the Florida State Relays on March 18, 1999. Davis then missed on an attempt at 6-11.5, which would have tied the men's high jump facility record.

Teammate Tevan McIntire sits in second place with 3,567 points. He set new personal bests in both the 100 dash (11.27) and shot put (41-10.75) on the day.

In the men's hammer, David Scouten threw 173-4 to place fourth. Competing unattached, the Flames' Fred Fulton came in third at 176-5.

Women's Day One Recap
Sophomore Nicole Bishop was the Lady Flames' top finisher on Friday, heaving the javelin a season-best 112-11 for fourth place in the event.

Classmate Brittany Crittenden sits in fourth place in the heptathlon standings, after tallying 2,579 points during Friday's quartet of events. She was aided by a shot put personal-best mark of 32-8.25.

The Lady Flames' Audrey Bamford, who is redshirting the 2014 outdoor campaign, owns a 259-point advantage atop the heptathlon standings with 2,978 tallies.

Jennifer Nicholson added nine feet to her hammer throw personal best, reaching 158-2 for seventh place in the event. The junior now ranks No. 4 in program history.

Another of Liberty's redshirts this season, Jocelyn Williams won the women's hammer title with a personal-best 188-8 effort.

The Liberty Collegiate Invitational will resume Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with the women's pole vault. The decathlon 110-meter hurdles will be the first race on the track, beginning at 10 a.m.