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Liberty Track Completes Successful Asics Liberty Invitational
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Liberty's Kena Butts highlighted a highly successful day for the Flames at the Asics Liberty Collegiate Invitational held at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex on Saturday as the senior claimed three of Liberty's 15 first place finishes at the home event.
Butts claimed victory in the 200 meters (25.13), high jump (1.67 meters) and the long jump (5.41 meters) to lead the Lady Flames who finished the home event with 17 Top 3 finishers on the day.
Joining Butts as event winners were Andrea Beckles in the 100 meters (12.11), Ashley Osborne in the 5000 meters (18:18.54), Piper Newby in the 3000 meter steeplechase (11:19.62) and the women's 4x100 relay team who won with a time of 46.51.
Former Liberty track standout Danielle McNaney won the women's heptathlon (5,293 points), while current Lady Flames Arlene Zelinskas finished just behind her with 5,000 points.
Also recording Top 3 finishes on the women's side of the event were Beckles, who finished second in the 200 meters (25.14), Asia Ramey, who finished second in the 5000 meters (19:12.70), Rebekah Wahlquist, who finished second in the 3000 meter steeplechase (11:47.95), Tra Screen, who finished third in the 200 meters (25.24), Charlene Hibbert, who finished third in the 400 meters (58.00), Rebekah Ricksecker, who finished third in the 1500 meters (4:38.49), Brenda Tolsma, who finished third in the hammer throw (46.99 meters) and the women's 4x400 meter relay team who finished second with a time of 4:08.29.
On the men's side of the home meet, the Flames claimed victory in five individual events and two relays. In the sprints, Ravanno Ferguson won the 100 meters (10.49), Christian Nichols won the 800 meters (1:53.78) and Matt Parker won the 110 meter hurdles (14.90).
Drew Ponder claimed victory in the 3000 meter steeplechase (9:27.85) and Brandon Hoskins won the decathlon with 7,529 points, while both Liberty's 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay squads won their events with respective times of 40.81 and 3:17.08.
In total, the men's squad tallied 13 total Top 3 finishes, including Ferguson, who finished second in the 200 meters (21.25), Josh Gilreath, who finished second in the 400 meters (48.82), Philip Lieneweber, who finished second in the 800 meters (1:53.82).
Markus Greenleaf followed by finishing third in the 100 meters (10.68), while Matt Parker and Eric Lundy finished third in the 400 meters hurdles (56.57) and the triple jump (13.67 meters) respectively.
The men's and women's track and field teams will have their final tune-up before the Big South Outdoor Championship when they travel to Charlottesville, Va. to participate in the Virginia Invitational on April 14-15.