Darrel Jones triple jumped a personal-best 50-11 at the Virginia Challenge on Friday.
Rain fell throughout much of the opening day of competition at the Virginia Challenge, Friday at Lannigan Field. However, numerous Liberty athletes were still able to post impressive marks, highlighted by sophomore Darrel Jones' personal-best triple jump mark of 50-11.
Top times on the track included a Liberty freshman-record 2:08.59 800 by Delaney McDowell, along with big 800 personal bests by teammates Ansley Gebben (2:09.33) and Colin Schultz (1:51.54).
Men's Day One Recap Competing in the invitational section of the men's triple jump, Jones placed fifth with his 50-11 effort in round four, the best mark by a Flame since 2010. The New York native's impressive series also included leaps of 50-8.75 and 50-3.5.
Jones climbed to No. 3 in program history and No. 4 on the Big South's all-time men's triple jump list. He also earned a spot at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet with Friday's performance.
Not to be completely overshadowed by his teammate, Aklesso Agama also performed well in his first triple jump competition of the 2016 outdoor season. The defending Big South champion reached 48-4.75 for eight place in the invitational section.
Schultz's 800 time of 1:51.54 won his heat, placed the junior 19th in the event and cut more than a second off of his previous personal best. He now ranks third in the Big South this season, trailing only freshman teammates Michael Todd (1:51.11) and Bradley Prentice (1:51.16).
Todd clocked a time of 1:52.25 Friday evening for 27th place, while Andrew Crowell finished 35th in 1:54.23 after setting a quick early pace in Schultz's heat.
Josh Showalter trimmed six seconds off of his career-best steeplechase time on Friday, finishing in 9:11.20 for 21st place. The senior, who ran the fastest time in the Big South this season, moved into ninth place on Liberty's all-time steeplechase chart.
A pair of Flames clocked sub-49.00 400 times on the day, including Stephen Racanelli (48.17, 17th place) and Jeff Jacobs (outdoor personal-best 48.73, 23rd place).
Freshman Greg Edwards posted a personal-best 100 time of 10.90 for 21st place and anchored the Flames to ninth in the 4 x 100 relay in 41.62. Edwards was preceded on the relay by Ryan Davis, Racanelli and Marquis Gilchrist.
Alex Geniesse tied for ninth place at 14-11 in a wet pole vault competition. Fellow senior David Scouten competed in two events on the day, including a 12th-place showing in his section of the discus at 149-6.
Women's Day One Recap McDowell won her heat and placed 10th of 64 competitors in the women's 800 with her personal-best 2:08.59 clocking. The Ohio native moved into fourth place in program history while breaking Jaime Watson's Liberty freshman-record time of 2:08.89 from 2006.
About five hours earlier, Gebben also took first place in her heat of the 800. Her 2:09.33 time held up for 15th place overall and makes her the sixth Lady Flame ever to dip under the 2:10 mark in the event.
Mychelle Cumings hurled the shot put a season-best 49-5 to place seventh in the event's invitational section and improve her chances at an NCAA East Preliminary Round berth.
Despite the wet weather, Mariel Finger set a new outdoor personal best of 12-3.5 in the pole vault. The sophomore tied for fourth place in the competition and took over sole possession of fourth place in Liberty history.
Nicole Leonzo, Kate Flower, Olivia Behymer and Erin Edmond became the 10th-fastest 4 x 100 relay quartet in program history with their 46.37 effort. The Lady Flames finished second in their heat and ninth overall in the event.
Earlier in the day, Flower tied for 16th place in the 100 dash with a personal-best 11.96 effort. The redshirt senior is now tied for seventh on Liberty's all-time 100 list.
All four Liberty entrants ran sub-57.00 times in the 400 on Friday, including Edmond (55.39, 12th place), Leonzo (56.04, 19th), Corinn Bedelll (56.54, 26th) and Behymer (56.89, 29th).
Cumings (140-4) and Holly Arey (133-4) finished ninth and 10th, respectively, in the women's discus. Meanwhile, Dasiana Larson topped the Lady Flames' trio of women's hammer throwers, placing 13th with her mark of 166-1.
The Virginia Challenge will resume Saturday at 9 a.m. with the women's steeplechase.