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Prentice Places 5th in Duke Invitational 800

April 22, 2016  Durham, N.C.  RSS
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Bradley Prentice (right) placed fifth in the men's 800 at the Duke Invitational, while Jacob Onifer (left) followed in 16th place.

Bradley Prentice (right) placed fifth in the men's 800 at the Duke Invitational, while Jacob Onifer (left) followed in 16th place.

Liberty freshman Bradley Prentice posted a fifth-place finish in the men's 800 at the Duke Invitational, highlighting the Flames' soggy Friday at Morris Williams Stadium.

For the second straight week, Prentice recorded a personal-best time (1:51.16) and defeated defending Big South men's 800 champion Paul O'Donoghue of High Point head-to-head. Prentice, who arrived at Liberty with a best time of 1:55.47, has now climbed to No. 8 in program history already.

Behind Prentice, Jacob Onifer placed 16th of 44 in a season-best time of 1:54.68. Luke Jelen followed in 18th place, as his time of 1:55.80 sliced three seconds off of the South Dakota native's previous best.

In the women's 800, the Lady Flames' top performers included Alexis Taylor (16th place, 2:18.01) and Jasmin Sutton (17th, 2:18.82).

Assistant coach Rebekah Ricksecker also competed in Friday's women's 800, finishing as the runner-up in 2:10.51.