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McDougal, Newby Solid in 5Ks at Virginia Tech

February 22, 2008
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Senior Piper Newby finished fifth in the women's 5,000-meter run on Friday, posting a season-best time of 17:55.60.

Senior Piper Newby finished fifth in the women's 5,000-meter run on Friday, posting a season-best time of 17:55.60.

The Liberty men's and women's track & field teams posted solid performances in the 5,000-meter events, Friday evening at the Virginia Tech Challenge. Jordan McDougal placed fourth in the men's race, while Piper Newby came in fifth in the women's race, highlighting Liberty's efforts on the opening day of action at Rector Field House.

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.