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Zelinskas Wins Pentathlon In Record-Breaking Fashion On Day One of On Track Open

January 26, 2007
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Zelinskas high jumped a personal-best 5-8.5 on Friday.

Zelinskas high jumped a personal-best 5-8.5 on Friday.

Liberty senior Arlene Zelinskas shattered a pair of Liberty and Big South Conference records on her way to capturing the pentathlon title on day one of the On Track Open. Zelinskas was one of two event champions for the Flames on Friday at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center, along with freshman Josh Edmonds in the 5,000 meters. 

Zelinskas (Dayton, Ohio) got off to a fast start in her first of five events, the 60-meter hurdles. Her time of 8.55 seconds eclipsed her own Liberty and Big South event records and put her in the lead for good. 

The senior went on to bolster her point total with personal-best marks in both jumps. She cleared 5-8.5 in the high jump and recorded an 18-5.75 mark in the long jump, on her way to a final score of 3,882. Zelinskas finished 169 points ahead of a strong effort by South Carolina's Kettiany Clarke. 

Zelinskas' overall point total broke Danielle McNaney's Liberty and Big South record of 3,822. It also moves her into third place on the NCAA Division I national qualifying list. 

Edmonds (Cooperstown, N.Y.) trailed Methodist's Husein Nasiro Sigo for nearly all of the 5,000-meter run, before making the pass for first place during the race's closing stages. He won in a meet-record time of 15:12.16. 

The evening's final race, the women's 5,000-meter run, saw Liberty's Reyna Quiroz (Sr., Canyonville, Ore.) make a late charge at Emily Hellmuth of James Madison before claiming the runner-up position. Quiroz's time was 18:22.32. 

Day two action will commence at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow morning, with the men's weight throw. The day's initial running event will be the women's 60-meter hurdles, slated for an 11 a.m. start. 

At approximately 11:20 a.m. tomorrow, the three men's heptathletes will compete in the 60-meter hurdles to open their second day of competition. South Carolina's Curt McGill leads the way after Friday's four events, with a score of 2,720. Liberty's Clarence Murray (Jr., Birdsboro, Pa.) sits in a solid second place, at 2,551 points. 

Women's Pentathlon Final Scores
1) Arlene Zelinskas, Liberty – 3,882
2) Kettiany Clarke, South Carolina – 3,713
3) Candice Williams, Liberty – 3,244
4) Reanna Townsend, South Carolina – 3,141
5) Meredith Withers, Roanoke – 2,995
6) Jennifer Ward, Liberty – 2,896
7) Jessica Nauta, James Madison – 2,750
8) Maggie Brown, Roanoke – 2,326

Men's Heptathlon Day One Scores
1) Curt McGill, South Carolina – 2,720
2) Clarence Murray, Liberty – 2,551
3) Matt Tarr, Liberty – 2,180