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Jefferson, Kigen Place Second on Friday
On a distance-heavy opening day of the IC4A and ECAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Liberty picked up a pair of second-place finishes, Friday at Princeton's William Weaver Track & Field Stadium. Carol Jefferson claimed the second spot in the women's 10K, while Evans Kigen nabbed the runner-up position in the men's 5K on a wet, chilly evening.
Jefferson (Sr., Schwenksville, Pa.) closed her stellar Liberty career by placing in her specialty, the ECAC 10,000 meters, for the third straight season. She was previously sixth in 2006 and ended up fourth a year ago. Jefferson's clocking was 35:42.86 on Friday. Combined with the effort of freshman teammate Dacia Bushman (Castalia, Iowa), the Lady Flames sit in fifth place in the team standings with nine points, through three events. Liberty placed seventh in 2007, representing its highest-ever finish at the ECAC meet.
Bushman also ran the 10K and made a successful ECAC debut. After going through the halfway marker in 18:34, the freshman closed in 18:09 and passed two runners on the final straightaway. As a result, she moved up into eighth place and broke her own Liberty freshman record with an official time of 36:43.19.
The Liberty men's squad, aiming to repeat as team champion, is tied with Iona for third place after Friday's action. The Flames' distance runners netted 16 points, half of which came from Kigen (So., Eldoret, Kenya). Kigen repeated his runner-up finish from the IC4A indoor 5K in March, posting a 14:14.56, a new outdoor personal best.
Jordan McDougal (R-Jr., Peru, N.Y.) ran with the lead pack through most of the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase final, before ending up in fourth place. His official time was 9:01.42.
Then, in the final race of the evening, the men's 10,000-meter run, Josh Edmonds (So., Cooperstown, N.Y.) cut 26 seconds off his previous personal best. His time of 30:26.53 was good for sixth place.
Liberty is also faring well in the decathlon, an event the Flames have won nine times in the last 16 years. Daniel Newell (Jr., Roanoke, Va.), the lone Liberty entrant, took the lead after running the opening event, the 100-meter dash, in 10.95 seconds. He never relinquished his advantage and built it to 240 points after winning the 400-meter dash in 49.31 seconds. Newell's best-ever day one score, 3,770, has him comfortably ahead of second-place Tom FitzSimons of Mount St. Mary's, with five events left.
Day two of the ECAC and IC4A Outdoor Track & Field Championships will begin Saturday at 9 a.m., with the resumption of the decathlon. Track events will get underway at 10:30 a.m., when the gun goes off for the ECAC 4 x 100 relay trials.
Day One IC4A Decathlon Leaders
1) Daniel Newell, Liberty – 3,770
2) Tom FitzSimons, Mount St. Mary's – 3,530
3) Alex Lewis, Harvard – 3,486
4) Brian Blumenstein, UNC Wilmington – 3,482
5) Ryan White, Bucknell – 3,459