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McDougal, Newby Solid in 5Ks at Virginia Tech
McDougal (R-Jr., Peru, N.Y.), running the 5,000-meter distance for the first time this season, clocked an IC4A-qualifying time of 14:39.28 to take fourth place in the field of 23 entrants. Winning the event by a wide, 33-second margin was Liberty student Sam Chelanga, running unattached, in a season-best effort of 13:52.88.
Senior Newby (Hayden Lake, Idaho) headed up Liberty's 5-6-7-8 finish in the women's 5,000-meter run, placing fifth in a season-best time of 17:55.60. Classmate Rachel Valliere (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) was right on her heels, taking sixth in 17:56.25.
Senior Jon Hart (Wyomissing, Pa.) added a fifth-place finish of his own, in the men's weight throw. His best mark was 61-9.5, as the senior eclipsed the 61-foot mark for the sixth-consecutive meet this season.
The Liberty women's squad added an ECAC qualifier on Friday, when Andrea Beckles (Jr., Lynchburg, Va.) sprinted to a personal-best time of 25.13 in the 200-meter dash. Her clocking, good for 19th place out of 76 competitors, makes her No. 4 on the Lady Flames' all-time performance list. It was the fastest time by a Liberty athlete since Kena Butts fashioned a 25.12 in 2004.
Saturday's Virginia Tech Challenge action will begin at 9 a.m. at Rector Field House, with the second section of the men's pole vault. Running events are set to commence with the women's distance medley relay, at 11:30 a.m.