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Davis, Brandon Shine in IC4A/ECAC Multi Events
Liberty continued its proud tradition in the multi events at the IC4A and ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships on a sunny Saturday at Weaver Track & Field Stadium. Freshman Zach Davis placed third in the IC4A decathlon, while junior Riley Brandon racked up a career-best 5,018 points for fourth in the ECAC heptathlon.
The Liberty men's squad, which has posted five top-five IC4A finishes in the last seven years, is tied with Rutgers for third place entering the meet's final day. The Flames and Scarlet Knights have each totaled 21 points through eight events. Connecticut leads the way with 36 points, while host Princeton sits second in the current IC4A standings with 24 tallies.
Men's IC4A Day Two Recap
Davis scored 6,314 points to place third overall in just his third career decathlon competition. Competing about 60 miles from his hometown of Sparta, N.J., Davis finished off the two-day event by placing third among the decathletes in the javelin (150-3) and running a career-best 4:59.35 in the 1,500.
Despite failing to clear a height in the pole vault, redshirt junior Tevan McIntire battled back to finish eighth overall in the decathlon, finishing with 6,053 points. On Saturday, McIntire came in third among the decathletes in the 110 hurdles (15.39), discus (132-2) and 1,500 (4:51.03).
Four Flames placed within the top 13 of their respective IC4A field event finals on Saturday, including the duo of David Scouten and Tim Abbott in the discus. Scouten came in 11th at 165-1, while Abbott followed in 12th place with a 164-4 toss.
Kenny Scott long jumped 22-9 on his third attempt to place 12th. Meanwhile, Ken Ritchey tied for 13th place in the IC4A pole vault with an outdoor personal-best 15-9 clearance.
Liberty narrowly missed qualification for three IC4A running event finals, including the 4 x 100 relay, the 4 x 800 relay and the 400 hurdles.
The 4 x 100 relay quartet of Stephen Hayes, Stephen Racanelli, Kenny Scott and ConRoy Smith placed ninth in the prelims in 41.23 seconds. Later in the day, Jacob Onifer, Colin Schultz, Jarred Cornfield and John Sherret came in 10th in the 4 x 800 relay prelims in 7:40.39. Both relay groupings missed the final by one spot.
In the 400 hurdles prelims, freshman Ryan Davis was 10th in 53.08 seconds. That left the Big South champion out of Sunday's final by one-tenth of a second.
Women's ECAC Day Two Recap
Brandon started the day in eighth place in the ECAC heptathlon standings before rocketing up the leaderboard during Saturday's trio of events. The Texas native ended up fourth overall while shattering her previous personal best of 4,692 points.
That was just one of three personal bests achieved by Brandon on the day. On her third long jump attempt, Brandon reached out to 17-7.5, nine inches past her previous best. Later on, the junior clocked 2:16.99 in the 800, improving upon her previous standard by two and a half seconds. Brandon now ranks No. 6 in program history for the heptathlon.
Sophomore teammate Erika Jackson finished with 4,408 points, putting her 10th in the final heptathlon standings.
Like their male counterparts, the Lady Flames suffered several near misses during the ECAC running event preliminaries. Oasis Hernandez, Abigail Flower, Rajon Stinnett-Perry and Kate Flower comprised the ninth-fastest 4 x 100 relay quartet in 46.70 seconds, missing the final by 0.11 seconds.
Meghan Burggraf (2:08.12 in the 800) and Ansley Gebben (60.53 in the 400 hurdles) each fell just one spot and six-hundredths a second shy of the final qualifying berth to Sunday's ECAC finals in their respective races.
Freshman Mary Witmer did not qualify for the 400 hurdles final either. However, her personal-best time of 61.04 seconds moves her up to fifth in program history and qualifies her for the USATF Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
The meet's final day of competition will begin Sunday at 9 a.m. with the IC4A shot put, an event which features four Flames.