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Christiansen Clocks 16:45 5K at Stanford
Competing in the very first race of the Stanford Invitational, Liberty's Jacy Christiansen continued her impressive string of personal-best performances. The junior raced to a 5K time of 16:45.99, marking the Flames' top effort on Friday at Cobb Track and Angell Field.
Christiansen, who placed sixth in Section 5 of the women's 5K, has now established new personal bests in each of her last five races. The career-best clockings have come at five different distances, including the 800 (2:15.52), 1,500 (4:33.84), mile (4:53.40), 3K (9:38.90) and now 5K.
Christiansen sliced more than 14 seconds off of her previous 5K best of 17:00.08 while moving up to No. 2 in program history and No. 4 in Big South Conference annals. Her 16:45.99 effort on Friday was the fastest 5K by a Big South runner since the Lady Flames' Ashley Osborne set the school record of 16:31.00 at the 2010 ECAC meet.
Senior Josh MacDonald was next to race for the Flames, competing not far from his hometown of San Leandro, Calif. Battling some wet weather, MacDonald posted a time of 8:54.07 in his 3,000-meter steeplechase season debut for 10th place in the fastest section of the event.
The second-fastest time of MacDonald's career ranks him No. 10 nationally at the moment and all but guarantees him a berth in the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet for the third year in a row. MacDonald also punched his ticket to the IC4A Championship, where he is the defending champion in the men's steeplechase.
Redshirt junior Caleb Edmonds ran his second fast 5K in eight days, clocking a time of 14:05.37 for 13th place in Section 3. Last Friday, the New York native had clocked 14:02.84 for the 5K at the Raleigh Relays.
Edmonds has now completed the 5K in under 14:10 five times during his career, headlined by his 13:57.09 posting at the 2013 Stanford Invitational.
Redshirt senior Meghan Burggraf will be the lone Liberty athlete in action at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday, competing in the women's 800 around 5:45 p.m. Eastern.