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Flames Conclude On Track Open With Several Top Finishes
The Liberty University track and field program had 13 Top 3 finishes at the On Track Open, while University dedicated the newly-finished indoor facility to long-time head coach Brant Tolsma Saturday at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center.
Competition on the second day of the event was halted at Noon as University officials opened the center with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the start-finish line.
The facility is named in honor of Liberty University Head Coach Brant Tolsma, who has guided the men's and women's track and field and cross country programs for the last 20 years. Along with building one of the more dominate track and field programs on the East Coast, Tolsma has helped the Flames capture 36 Big South Conference titles and has been named Big South Coach of the Year and an astonishing 27 times.
Recording first-place finishes in the two-day event were Kena Butts, who won the high jump with a height of 5'-09.5", Philip Leineweber, who won the men's 500 meters with a time of 1:05.11, Jordan McDougal, who won the men's 3000 meters with a time of 8:24.55 and a win in the men's distance medley with a time of 10:11.27.
Also recording Top 3 finishes on the women's side were Charlene Hibbert, who finished second in the 500 meters with a time of 1:20.28 and Caitlyn Sutterfield, who finished second in the weight throw with a distance of 50'-05.50".
Former Lady Flame standout Danielle McNaney dominated the women's pentathlon with 4,018 points, while current Lady Flame Arlene Zelinskas finished second with 3,375 points. Liberty also dominated the women's 3000 meters with six out of the top eight finishers, while Carol Jefferson (10:02.30) and Ashley Osbourne (10:30.39) finished second and third, respectively.
On the men's side of the event, Kevin Campbell finished third in the 1000 meters with a time of 2:39.50, while Javan Carter finished second in the 500 meters with a time of 1:05.97. The men's 4x400 meter relay team also finished second with a time of 3:20.20.
The Flames will host their second of three-straight events at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center next weekend when they host the Liberty Record Bash on Saturday with the full day's events scheduled to start at 9 a.m.