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Hoskins Third After Day 1 of Liberty Kickoff

November 30, 2007
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Brandon Hoskins is third after the first day of the heptathlon at the season-opening Liberty Kickoff. (Photo by Kirby Lee/Image of Sport)

Brandon Hoskins is third after the first day of the heptathlon at the season-opening Liberty Kickoff. (Photo by Kirby Lee/Image of Sport)

Liberty senior two-time All-American Brandon Hoskins is in third place and defending event champion Daniel Newell resides in fourth after Friday's day one of the heptathlon at the Liberty Kickoff. Their efforts highlight the Flames' performances at a light opening day of competition at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center.

Hoskins (Garden City, Texas) scored 2,914 points in Friday's quartet of events, leaving him 124 tallies behind event leader Raffael Craig of the Shore AC Track Club. Meanwhile, Newell (Jr., Roanoke, Va.) is fourth among the 16 men who started the two-day, seven-event competition. Newell's point total is 2,824, 61 points off his day one-leading total from the 2006 Liberty Kickoff.

The women's pentathlon was also completed on Friday. A trio of Lady Flames were among the 15 participants, paced by newcomer Jennifer Healey (Fr., Virginia Beach, Va.). Healey accumulated 2,739 points for seventh place, ending up 27 points ahead of classmate Krystle Matthews (Chesapeake, Va.), who took eighth. James Madison's Christine Nicewonger cruised to victory by more than 400 points, ending the day with 3,433 points.

The second day of the Liberty Kickoff will begin with the men's weight throw at 9 a.m., Saturday at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center. Running events will get underway two hours later, when the gun goes off for the women's 60-meter hurdles prelims. Day two of the heptathlon will get started at 11:15, when the 14 remaining competitors run the 60-meter high hurdles.

Josh McDougal (Sr., Peru, N.Y.), coming off his national cross country title, is scheduled to make his track & field season debut in the men's 5,000-meter run at 4:15 p.m.

Men's Heptathlon Day One Scores
1) Raffael Craig, Shore AC Track Club – 3,038
2) Aaron Harlan, Stephen F. Austin – 2,942
3) Brandon Hoskins, Liberty – 2,914
4) Daniel Newell, Liberty – 2,824
5) Keith Gaines, Unattached – 2,688
6) Logan Brelsford, Unattached – 2,650
7) David Lewis, Virginia – 2,542
8) Geren Woodbridge, Unattached – 2,513
9) Matt Tarr, Liberty – 2,432
10) Michael Munson, VMI – 2,338
11) Chad Andrews, Stephen F. Austin – 2,261
12) Tyler Tucker, Unattached – 2,085
13) Kyle Ligafelt, Unattached – 2,015
14) Ravanno Ferguson, Unattached – 907
Greg Nelson of Virginia and Unattached athlete Ronald Shannon - DNF

Women's Pentathlon Final Scores
1) Christine Nicewonger, James Madison – 3,433
2) Alyssa Gaeto, William & Mary – 3,009
3) Jessica Nauta, James Madison – 2,900
4) Meredith Withers, Roanoke – 2,879
5) Amy Remmer, James Madison – 2,868
6) Megan Ney, Richmond – 2,849
7) Jennifer Healey, Liberty – 2,739
8) Krystle Matthews, Liberty – 2,712

9) Katie Guevel, William & Mary – 2,696
10) Ashley West, VMI – 2,681
11) Dominique McCoy, Roanoke – 2,543
12) Erin Nelson, Roanoke – 2,262
13) Alisha Jenkins, VMI – 2,151
14) Stephanie Lapp, Richmond – 1,934
Sheronica Henton of Liberty - DNF