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Leineweber, Powell Excel on Home Track
Leineweber (New Freedom, Pa.) helped the Flames win both the first and last running events of the day by running legs on Liberty's victorious 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay squads. Liberty's 4 x 100 relay quartet ran 42.42 to nip Bridgewater. In the 4 x 400, the Flames broke the tape in 3:26.88.
In between, the Liberty junior posted dominating performances in the 200 and 400, qualifying for the IC4A Outdoor Track & Field Championships in both events. Leineweber's 200-meter time was 21.65, and he posted a 48.27 for 400 meters.
Powell (Marianna, Fla.) used favorable winds to his advantage in the triple jump, reaching out to 50-6.25 to win the event and break Chad Wilson's Liberty record. The freshman also qualified for the NCAA East Regional Championships in the process.
Senior Clendon Henderson (Meadow, Texas) starred Friday afternoon, producing a nation-leading 193-4 discus throw. On Saturday, Jon Hart (Sr., Wyomissing, Pa.) took center stage on the hill overlooking the track. Hart threw 206-5 to win the hammer, relegating Henderson and his 187-4 mark to second place.
Matt Parker (Jr., Rome, N.Y.) won both events he entered—the 110-meter high hurdles and the high jump. Parker's hurdle time was a wind-aided 14.49, enabling him to defeat runner-up Brandon Hoskins' (Sr., Garden City, Texas) 15.15. In the last field event of the afternoon, Parker continued a pattern by high jumping 6-10.75 for first place. He has won each of his three meets this season, with the same height each time.
Kolby Shepherd (Fr., Dublin, Ga.) also remained unbeaten this season in the men's pole vault. His top clearance on Saturday was 15-11.
Jordan McDougal (R-Jr., Peru, N.Y.) found the 3,000-meter steeplechase to his liking, in his first career attempt at the event. He posted an 18-second victory, with a 9:23.29.
In women's action, Andrea Beckles (Jr., Lynchburg, Va.) took advantage of a significant tailwind, equaling her career-best 100-meter dash time, 11.96, and comfortably winning the event. She later added a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash, in 25.05.
The only two runners who came in ahead of Beckles in the 200 were a pair of teammates, who also swept the top two places at the 400-meter distance. Senior Charlene Hibbert (Mississauga, Ontario) paced the Lady Flames' 1-2-3 sweep at 200 meters with an ECAC-qualifying time of 24.68 and also finished as the 400-meter runner-up in 57.04. Chenoa Freeman (So., Lincoln, Del.) was successful in her outdoor season debut, claiming the 400-meter dash crown and qualifying for the ECAC meet in a time of 56.19. She also took second at 200 meters, stopping the clock in 24.95 seconds.
Freshman Kati Albright (Wake Forest, N.C.) edged out teammate Rebekah Ricksecker (Jr., Laurel, Del.) to win the women's 1,500-meter run. Albright became Liberty's No. 5 all-time performer with her final time of 4:34.32, while Ricksecker crossed the line in 4:36.77.
Another Liberty rookie, Dacia Bushman (Castalia, Iowa), made a successful steeplechase debut. The race winner by over 10 seconds, Bushman claimed the No. 4 spot on Liberty's all-time performance list with her 11:40.98 effort.
Mia Aghaji (Chester, Va.), one more Lady Flame freshman, enjoyed a busy, but successful day. She won her specialty event, the triple jump, with a 36-10.5 distance. Aghaji also ran the 400-meter hurdles in 1:06.96 to come in second and placed third in the long jump, with a season-best 17-7.
Emily Funderburke (Jr., Fredericksburg, Va.) braved the blustery pole vault conditions to claim victory. Her best clearance on the day was 9-6.
Three non-Liberty athletes were double field event winners on the day. In women's action, Washington & Lee's Alysen Kuck won the high jump and javelin, while Justine Robertson of Elon swept the shot put and discus titles. Meanwhile, Bridgewater's Nathan Turner copped the men's shot and discus.
Liberty's athletes will be divided between three meets this coming week—the Texas Relays, the Duke Asics Invitational and North Carolina A&T's Murray Neely Invitational. Hoskins and Daniel Newell (Jr., Roanoke, Va.) will begin the decathlon at the Texas Relays on Wednesday.