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Bendik Breaks Women's Hammer Record Again

March 16, 2012
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Melinda Bendik boosted her own women's hammer school record to 194-5 on Friday at the Shamrock Invitational.

For the second consecutive Friday, Liberty redshirt senior Melinda Bendik broke her own school record in the women's hammer, as her best effort at the Shamrock Invitational reached 194-5. Bendik was not Liberty's only standout on the day, though, as the Flames and Lady Flames combined for seven new IC4A and ECAC-qualifying efforts.

Women's Meet Recap
Bendik got started early Friday morning, competing in the special Amber Campbell Invitational section of the women's hammer. Her 194-5 heave, which improved upon her previous Liberty standard of 192-2, placed Bendik second behind 2008 U.S. Olympian Campbell herself in the final standings.

Khristina Kanagy was also an event runner-up on Friday, crossing the line second in the women's 10K. The junior's time of 36:50.25 met the ECAC standard and made her one of two runners to dip under the previous meet-record time of 37:07.67 during the 25-lapper. Kanagy's clocking, an improvement of 2:24 over her previous 10K personal best, ranks her No. 4 in program history.

Freshman Abigail Flower was the Lady Flames' other ECAC qualifier during Friday's action. She sped to a personal-best time of 11.88 seconds in the 100-meter dash prelims, qualifying for Saturday's final along with classmate Meme Layne (12.10). Flower and Layne now sit No. 4 and No. 10, respectively, on Liberty's all-time performance list.

Liberty also got two athletes through to Saturday's 100-meter hurdles final. Olivia Charnuski ran a season-best time of 14.26 seconds, while Rachel Houseknecht followed in 15.01.

Houseknecht additionally had a solid day in the women's pole vault, clearing 11-5.75 for sixth place. Meanwhile, Marianne Wheeler high jumped a season-high 5-5 to claim fourth place in the event.

Men's Meet Recap
Three of the Flames' IC4A qualifiers came in the same event, the 100-meter dash. Anthony Settje led the way with a personal-best 10.76 effort, followed by Maxwell Asante and Tarell Williams in matching times of 10.79. Settje moved on to Saturday's 100 final in the process.

Liberty performed quite well in the Terah Kipchiris Memorial Steeplechase Friday evening, with Josh MacDonald and Caleb Edmonds finishing first and second. MacDonald's career-best time of 9:06.03 punched his IC4A ticket and moves him up to No. 7 in program history.

Edmonds stopped the clock in 9:16.36 during his steeplechase debut. Even though he narrowly missed the IC4A standard, the Empire State native did become the No. 10 men's steeplechase performer in Liberty annals.

Speaking of successful debuts, it only took one collegiate javelin attempt for freshman Steve Feister to record his first IC4A qualifier. He reached 198-1 with his opening throw, and that held up as his top effort as he placed sixth. Feister already ranks No. 9 on Liberty's all-time javelin list.

Jacob DeValve also threw well in the javelin, stretching the measuring tape to a personal-best 191-10 for seventh place. Teammate Ryan Smith was the men's hammer runner-up, reaching 184-11 on his best effort.

The 2012 Shamrock Invitational will conclude with a full slate of events on Saturday. Action at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium is scheduled to start at 9 a.m., with the men's discus, women's javelin and men's and women's long jump.