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Lady Flames Shine in Liberty Open Weight Throw

January 27, 2012
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Melinda Bendik finished second in the women's weight throw Friday at the Liberty Open, posting a personal-best throw of 55-3.75.

Liberty redshirt senior Melinda Bendik's runner-up finish paced three Lady Flames who finished in the top four of the women's weight throw competition at the Liberty Open on Friday. Their performances provided the home team's biggest highlights of a light opening day of competition inside the Tolsma Indoor Track Center.

In a bit of a preview of next month's Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, conference athletes swept the first six places in the women's weight throw. Bendik threw a personal-best 55-3.75 to claim second place. She was followed closely by Jocelyn Williams' 55-0.75 toss for third place. Emily Woods reached a personal-best 48-10.75, finishing fourth in the event and tying her with Amy Rodriguez for sixth place on Liberty's all-time performance list.

Liberty athletes earned three of the top eight spots in the women's pole vault, with teammates Shelley Parker and Rachel Houseknecht sharing runner-up honors at 11-3.75. Tami Tolsma tied for seventh place with her 10-4 clearance.

Freshmen Audrey Bamford and Riley Brandon both notched personal-best scores during Friday's pentathlon competition. Bamford's final tally of 3,012 points earned fifth place, while Brandon scored 2,831 points for the sixth position.

The men's multi-event athletes were also in action on Friday, completing the first four disciplines of the heptathlon. The Flames' Tevan McIntire sits in fifth place of 21 competitors at this juncture, with 2,607 points. Harrison Allen is currently eighth with 2,530 tallies.

The Liberty Open will conclude with a full day of competition on Saturday. The day's first event, the men's weight throw, is set to begin at 9 a.m.