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Mitchell Breaks Own Liberty Javelin Record
Liberty's Christina Mitchell extended her program record to 146-1 in the women's javelin, Sunday afternoon at the Winthrop Twilight. The Flames' other highlights at Irwin Belk Track included a trio of IC4A qualifications, two of which were achieved by ConRoy Smith.
Women's Meet Recap
Mitchell's second javelin throw of the day stretched to 146-1, winning the competition by 20 feet and eclipsing her own school record. Mitchell had previously thrown a school-record 144-7 while capturing the Big South women's javelin title on April 19.
Perhaps most importantly, Mitchell climbed to No. 37 on the women's javelin performance list for the East Region with Sunday's performance. After next weekend's competitions are complete, the top 48 performers in the East Region will qualify for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, slated for May 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Mia Aghaji was a double victor for the Lady Flames, long jumping 18-1.75 and triple jumping a season-best 41-1, despite jumping into a headwind. Teammate Melissa Rohwer came in a close second in the long jump, at 17-11.5.
Senior Marianne Wheeler shared first place in the women's high jump with a 5-5 clearance, while Kristen Willeford shared the third position by sailing over 5-3.
Rounding out the Lady Flames' field event efforts, Shelley Parker pole vaulted 11-0.75, tying for third place.
Melanie Sims earned a third-place finish of her own, by clocking 1:03.45 for the 400-meter hurdles.
Olivia Charnuski posted a time of 14.21 in the 100-meter hurdles, claiming fourth place. Fellow Lady Flame Sherri Spruel dropped her personal-best 100-meter dash time to 12.12 seconds for fourth place in the event.
Men's Meet Recap
Liberty sprinters Maxwell Asante and Smith both made use of significant tailwinds to clock personal-best times in the 100 and 200-meter dashes on Sunday.
In the men's 100-meter dash, Asante placed seventh in 10.66 seconds with Smith following in 12th place at 10.75. Asante's time was the fastest by a Liberty runner since Jacey Bailey clocked 10.65 on April 16, 2010 at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Meanwhile, Smith became the sixth Liberty men's runner to meet the IC4A standard in the 100-meter dash this season, joining Asante, Kyle Gill, Anthony Settje, Roderick Spruel and Tarell Williams.
Smith got the upper hand on Asante at the 200-meter distance, coming in seventh in a time of 21.73. Asante ended up ninth at 21.76 seconds. Both times were IC4A qualifiers, giving Liberty a quartet of men's sprinters who have met the IC4A standard in the 200-meter dash in 2012.
Kolby Shepherd won the men's pole vault with a 16-0.5 clearance, with teammate Cody Fridgen placing as the runner-up at 15-0.75.
Kevin Reddington earned runner-up honors in the men's long jump, landing at 21-9.5. Meanwhile, Daniel Klase took third place in the men's javelin with a 181-1 heave.
Liberty will now prepare for the 2012 IC4A and ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The meet will be contested Friday through Sunday at Weaver Track & Field Stadium in Princeton, N.J.