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Brandon Sits 17th in Shamrock Invite Heptathlon

March 15, 2012
|  Myrtle Beach, S.C.
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Freshman Riley Brandon is in 17th place after the opening day of her first collegiate heptathlon competition.

Competing in the first heptathlon of her collegiate career, Liberty freshman Riley Brandon sits in 17th place through Thursday's four events at the Shamrock Invitational. The meet, hosted by Coastal Carolina at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, only featured the opening-day heptathlon and decathlon disciplines on a light afternoon of competition.

After scoring 2,519 points on Thursday, Brandon resides right near the middle of the large 31-member heptathlon field. The Texas native's two best events of the day were the high jump and shot put. Brandon equaled her collegiate-best high jump clearance at 5-1 and threw the shot put a personal-best 32-0.

Brandon will resume the heptathlon competition Friday at 10:15 a.m. with the long jump, her first of three disciplines on the day.

Redshirt freshman Tevan McIntire got off to a strong start in the decathlon on Thursday. He scored 1,946 points during the first three events, putting him in fourth place overall. However, McIntire was forced to leave the competition before the high jump due to injury.

Friday's full day of action will begin at 9 a.m., with the decathlon 110-meter hurdles and one of the featured events of the Shamrock Invitational, the Amber Campbell Invitational Women's Hammer. Reigning Big South Women's Field Athlete of the Week Melinda Bendik will represent the Lady Flames in the event.