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MacDonald, Edmonds Post Top-3 IC4A Finishes
Liberty's Josh MacDonald was the IC4A steeplechase runner-up and teammate Caleb Edmonds placed third in the IC4A 5K final, highlighting the Flames' performances on a soggy opening day of the 2014 IC4A and ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Friday at Weaver Track & Field Stadium.
Men's IC4A Day One Recap
MacDonald led for most of the steeplechase, before finishing second in a season-best 8:50.15. It was the California native's third consecutive top-three finish at this meet, also including an IC4A championship last season and a third-place showing in 2012.
Edmonds made a strong bid for the victory in the 5K, taking the lead down the backstretch of the final lap. He ended up placing third in the event for the second straight year, with an official time of 14:18.31.
The decathlon has traditionally been Liberty's best event at the IC4A meet, and the Flames' multi-event athletes are off to an impressive start in 2014. Freshman Zach Davis and redshirt junior Tevan McIntire rank first and second, respectively, through Friday's five events.
Davis leads the way with 3,495 points, thanks in part to personal-best marks in the shot put (41-8.5) and 400 (54.37). The New Jersey native also high jumped 6-10.75, flying seven inches higher than any other decathlete in the competition.
McIntire is 31 points behind his teammate, after totaling 3,464 points on the day. He also dodged the raindrops to notch a 400 personal best (52.32), while ranking third among the decathletes in both the 100 (11.54) and long jump (21-5.5).
Women's ECAC Day One Recap
Junior Jacy Christiansen was the lone Lady Flame to race in an ECAC final on Friday, clocking 16:56.65 for 21st place in the 5K. It was the second time the Big South 5K champion has broken the 17-minute barrier this season.
Despite the conditions, junior Riley Brandon and sophomore Erika Jackson both posted their highest-ever day one scores in the heptathlon on Friday. Brandon currently sits eighth with 2,918 points, aided by a personal-best 25.87 clocking in the 200 and a season-best 5-3.75 high jump clearance.
Jackson's score of 2,803 has her in 10th place through four events. She threw the shot put a season-best 35-1.75 and equaled her season-best high jump effort with a successful clearance at 5-0.25.
The three-day meet will resume Saturday at 9 a.m. with the IC4A decathlon 110 hurdles and the ECAC heptathlon long jump. The ECAC discus, which was originally slated for Friday afternoon, will now be contested Saturday at 11 a.m. due to the weather.