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Newell, Zelinskas Sweep Heptathlon, Pentathlon At Liberty Kickoff
Newell (So., Roanoke, Va.) held off a strong second-day challenge by Virginia's David Lewis to capture the heptathlon title with 5,020 points. That score qualifies him for the IC4A Championships.
The pentathlon was not decided until the final straightaway of the 800 meters, as Zelinskas (Sr., Dayton, Ohio) fended off Bonnie Meekins of William & Mary to win the event title by a slim seven points. Zelinskas tallied a personal-best 3,764 points, netting her a spot in the Eastern College Athletic Confernce (ECAC) Championships.
One Liberty school record fell on Saturday, thanks to senior Caitlyn Sutterfield (Murfreesboro, Tenn.). Sutterfield eclipsed her own shot put record with a 43-10.5 effort. She finished third in a deep shot put field.
The Flames and Lady Flames also excelled in the mid-distance events, taking first place in the men's 400, 800 and 4 x 400 relay events as well as the women's 800.
Philip Leineweber (So., New Freedom, Pa.) ran away with the men's 400-meter title, clocking a 49.10 to win by 1.5 seconds. Meanwhile, Travis Campbell (Sr., Candler, N.C.) cruised to victory in the men's 800, crossing the line in 1:56.73.
Leineweber and Campbell were joined by Tim O'Donnell (So., Hurst, Texas) and Javan Carter (So., Harrisburg, Pa.) on the victorious 4 x 400 relay squad. The unit's final time was 3:21.70. O'Donnell also competed in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing as the runner-up in 8.40 seconds.
Jaime Watson (So., Ravenna, Mich.) covered 800 meters in 2:21.78 to win the event by nearly four full seconds.
Piper Newby (Jr., Hayden Lake, Idaho), coming off a breakout cross country season, demolished her personal-best 5K time, ending up with a 17:28.39 which left her in second place and was an ECAC qualifier.
Matthew Parker (So., Rome, N.Y.) and Clendon Henderson (Jr., Meadow, Texas) were the Flames' final two runners-up. Parker leaped 6-8.75 to place second in the high jump and Henderson heaved the shot put a personal-best 55-5.75.
Three Tolsma Indoor Track Center records were eclipsed during the meet. Kwonya Ferguson of St. Augustine's (NC) College broke the facility triple jump mark with a 42-5.25. Justin Clickett, competing unattached, threw the shot put 62-11.25. Brian Mondschein, also unattached, won the evening's final event, the men's pole vault, in a record 17-4.5.
Liberty will not return to action until it travels to Blacksburg for the Virginia Tech Invitational Jan. 12-13.
Men's Heptathlon Final Scores
1) Daniel Newell, Liberty – 5,020
2) David Lewis, Virginia – 4,926
3) Clarence Murray, Liberty – 4,490
4) Martin Ross, William & Mary – 4,481
5) Dustin Wright, Unattached – 4,389
6) Doug Zimmer, William & Mary – 4,371
7) Joel Beck, Liberty – 4,005
8) Matt Tarr, Liberty – 3,790
Brandon Hoskins, Liberty – DNF
Women's Pentathlon Final Scores
1) Arlene Zelinskas, Liberty – 3,764
2) Bonnie Meekins, William & Mary – 3,757
3) Brenna Blevins, William & Mary – 3,587
4) Mattie Bethea, N.C. State – 3,343
5) Christine Nicewonger, James Madison – 3,327
6) Laila Thomas, N.C. State – 3,263
7) Christie Black, N.C. State – 3,068
8) Marie Williams, Liberty – 3,058
9) Kayla Lawson, N.C. State – 3,020
10) Jen Ward, Liberty – 2,996
11) Jessica Nauta, James Madison – 2,753