Paul Arslain (foreground) and Trevor Hope (background) each helped the Liberty men's 4 x 800 relay squad win its event and qualify for the IC4A meet on Friday.
The Liberty men's 4 x 800 relay quartet of John Sherret, Trevor Hope, Cole Honeycutt and Paul Arslain won in an IC4A-qualifying time of 7:59.23, providing the Flames' biggest highlight of Friday's action at the Liberty Open. Hope put Liberty in good position to qualify for the IC4A meet with a split of 1:55. Arslain then held off the hard-charging Ryan Spreray of Bridgewater to secure the Flames' lone event victory of the day at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center. Sophomore Mychelle Cumings nearly punched her ticket to Boston in the women's weight throw, missing the ECAC standard by just one centimeter. She had to settle for a personal-best mark of 52-5.5 and third place in the event. Teammate Jocelyn Williams, competing unattached, won the women's weight throw crown at 56-2. Senior Shelley Parker and freshman Erika Jackson each recorded runner-up finishes for the Lady Flames on Friday. Parker cleared a season-best 11-3.75 in the pole vault for second place overall and first among collegiate entrants. She is now tied for second in the Big South Conference for the event this season. Competing in just the second pentathlon of her collegiate career, Jackson tallied 2,810 points for her second-place showing. Meanwhile, Tevan McIntire sits in second place in the heptathlon after his best-ever first day. The redshirt sophomore totaled 2,844 points, putting him only 84 markers behind defending Big South heptathlon champion Antonio Wood of VMI. McIntire's successful day featured personal-best marks in each of the first two events, the 60 (7.29) and long jump (22-2.5). He then closed out day one by tying his high jump personal best with a 6-4 clearance. The Liberty Open will resume Saturday at 9 a.m. with the men's weight throw. The women's 60 hurdles prelims will then begin a busy day of action on the track at 11 a.m.