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Klugh Runs Liberty and BSC-Record 16:48 5K
On a day which saw the Liberty women's indoor track & field team achieve two new ECAC-qualifying performances and four personal-best efforts at the Valentine Invitational, senior Jennifer Klugh stole the show. She clocked a time of 16:48.32 in the 5K, breaking her own Liberty and Big South Conference records in the event.
Klugh's previous 5K record-setting performance came almost exactly one year ago, when she raced to a time of 16:56.14 at the Flotrack Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash on Feb. 11, 2011.
This time around, Klugh found success on the opposite coast, shaving nearly eight full seconds off of her record inside the Boston University Track and Tennis Center. She placed sixth overall and third among collegiate entrants.
Fellow senior Olivia Charnuski has now qualified for the 2012 ECAC Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships in two events this season, after running a season-best time of 25.00 seconds in the 200-meter dash on Friday. The Canadian had previously met the ECAC standard in the 60 hurdles.
Freshman Jacy Christiansen ran a personal-best time of 4:58.44 in the mile, also qualifying for the ECAC meet in her second event this year (also the 3K). She became the sixth Lady Flame ever to crack the 5:00 barrier indoors and placed 27th in one of the meet's strongest events.
Mia Aghaji posted a pair of strong field event finishes on Friday, coming in second in the triple jump and fourth in the high jump. Her triple jump mark of 39-6 had her in the lead until the sixth and final round, when Florida Atlantic's Ashani Roberts stretched out to 39-9.75 to take the win.
Aghaji also boosted her high jump personal best to 5-8 with a third-attempt clearance at the height. The Big South leader in the event joins Kena Butts and Arlene Zelinskas as the only Lady Flames ever to high jump 5-8, either indoors or outdoors.
Khristina Kanagy almost picked up an ECAC qualifier of her own, but her 5K time of 17:35.15 missed the standard by 1.5 seconds. However, it was a personal-best effort for the junior, who placed second in her heat and 16th in the event overall. Kanagy now ranks No. 8 in program history for the indoor 5K.
Like Kanagy a junior, Meghan Burggraf posted a season-best 800-meter time of 2:12.08, improving upon her conference-leading mark and placing 15th in the event.
All of the Valentine Invitational men's events will take place on Saturday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Ryan Smith (shot put) and Kyle Wheeler (high jump) will be the first two Flames to get started, as both of their events are set for 11 a.m. starts.