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Freeman, Powell Set Records at Virginia Tech
Freeman (Lincoln, Del.) covered 300 meters in 39.55 seconds, improving Gina Turner's program record from 1992 by more than a full second. She won her heat and finished fifth overall in the event.
Powell (Marianna, Fla.), who had broken the Liberty men's triple jump record in his collegiate debut, Dec. 1 at the Liberty Kickoff, boosted his mark by seven inches, sailing to 49-5.75. He became Liberty's first 15-meter triple jumper, reaching 15.08 meters on his best attempt.
Liberty's lone event winner on Friday was junior Phil Leineweber (New Freedom, Pa.). He won the opening heat of the men's 500-meter dash in 1:04.57, and his time held up as the best of the evening.
Rookie Cory Reed (Eldred, N.Y.) added a second-place finish in the final event of the opening day, the men's 5,000-meter run. His time in his collegiate track debut was 15:35.40.
Other notable performances in the running events were provided by Jaime Watson (Jr., Ravenna, Mich.) and Andrea Beckles (Jr., Lynchburg, Va.), both of whom set new personal bests and qualified for the ECAC Indoor Championships. Watson finished eighth out of 46 women's 500-meter runners, stopping the clock in 1:14.93. Beckles missed a school 55-meter dash record by one-hundredth of a second, placing 11th in a time of 7.18.
Clendon Henderson (Sr., Meadow, Texas) and Jon Hart (Sr., Wyomissing, Pa.) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the men's weight throw. Henderson's top mark of 62-1 established a new personal record by nearly a foot and a half. Hart followed in 61-2.75.
Finally, freshman Mia Aghaji (Chester, Va.) made a slight improvement on her best triple jump, placing sixth with a distance of 39-1.25.
The second and final day of the Virginia Tech Invitational will begin with the men's high jump, Saturday at 9 a.m. at Rector Field House.