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Lady Flames Equal Best-Ever ECAC Finish, 7th

May 13, 2012
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The Liberty women's track & field team, shown here celebrating its Big South indoor title, came in seventh in the final ECAC standings. That equals the best ECAC finish in program history.

Day 3 Blog

Spurred on by school records from Mia Aghaji and Mychelle Cumings, the Liberty women's team finished seventh at the 2012 ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which wrapped up on Sunday. Meanwhile, Ryan Smith's third-place shot put finish helped the Flames tie for 11th place in the IC4A meet at Weaver Track & Field Stadium.

Aghaji triple jumped 42-1.25 and Cumings threw the shot put 51-2.75, as both Lady Flames improved their own outdoor school records. The Liberty women's squad placed seventh in the ECAC competition with 36 points, equaling the 2007 team for the program's best-ever placement at this meet. Duke successfully defended its ECAC title with 77.5 points, outdistancing runner-up Connecticut's 59 tallies.

The Liberty men's team finished with 28 points for the three-day meet, putting the Flames in a tie with Monmouth for 11th place on the final IC4A ledger. George Mason captured the IC4A crown with 59 points, finishing seven points ahead of runner-up Cornell.

Women's ECAC Day 3 Recap
Aghaji posted an impressive triple jump series on Sunday, landing past the 41-foot mark four times. Her fourth attempt of the competition stretched the tape to 42-1.25. That placed the redshirt senior second in the event and broke her own program record of 42-0.5, set on May 5, 2011.

Aghaji also high jumped prior to beginning the triple jump. She made a third-attempt clearance at 5-7, tying for 17th place.

Cumings' best shot put attempt was her third throw, which landed at 51-2.75. That added more than eight inches to the freshman's outdoor school record of 50-6.25, established April 20 at the Big South meet.

Cumings came in fourth in the final ECAC shot put standings, to go along with her seventh-place effort in Friday's discus competition.

Jennifer Klugh clocked a 3K personal-best time of 9:41.33 while making a late charge up to sixth place. That was the second-fastest 3K time in Liberty history, trailing only a 9:34.54 effort by Heather Sagan on March 16, 2002.

The Lady Flames' other point on Sunday came from the 4 x 100 relay quartet of Sherri Spruel, Abigail Flower, Olivia Charnuski and Melanie Sims. The grouping placed eighth in a time of 46.62 seconds.

Men's IC4A Day 3 Recap
Smith saved his best for last in the IC4A shot put competition Sunday afternoon. His sixth and final attempt flew all the way out to an outdoor personal-best 59-9.75. That equaled Cornell's Stephen Mozia for the second-longest throw of the day. However, Mozia won the tiebreaker and Smith ended up third overall.

Liberty's 4 x 100 relay team of Roderick Spruel, Leonard Robbins, Tarell Williams and Maxwell Asante finished fifth. Their official time was 40.74.

Freshman Steve Feister unleashed a season-best javelin throw of 203-0 on his fourth attempt. That earned a seventh-place finish. Classmate Daniel Klase ended up 16th in the event at 189-2.

Another freshman, Kyle Wheeler, high jumped 6-8 on his second attempt. That tied him for 10th place in the competition.

Liberty's next competition will be the NCAA Division I Preliminary Round meet, set for May 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla. The full list of qualifiers for the meet will be announced on Thursday.