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Waters Pole Vaults 16-9.25 at Radford

April 29, 2016  Radford, Va.  RSS
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Carson Waters pole vaulted a personal-best and Big South-leading 16-9.25 on Friday at the Highlander Invitational.

Carson Waters pole vaulted a personal-best and Big South-leading 16-9.25 on Friday at the Highlander Invitational.

Liberty sophomore Carson Waters pole vaulted a career-best 16-9.25, highlighting the Flames' Friday at the Highlander Invitational at Cupp Stadium.

Waters placed second behind Virginia Tech's James Steck, as both vaulters eclipsed the previous facility record of 16-7.5. Waters' second-attempt clearance at 16-9.25 added four inches to his previous lifetime best and catapulted him into sixth place in both Liberty and Big South Conference history.

Waters, who now ranks No. 1 on the Big South men's pole vault list this season, earned the right to compete at next month's NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet in his home state of Florida.

Behind Waters, Ken Ritchey tied for third place with a season-best 16-3.25 clearance. Teammates Alex Geniesse (15-3.5) and Luke Moffett (season-best 14-9.5) followed in sixth and seventh place, respectively.

Jacob Onifer sliced more than three seconds off of his 1,500 personal best, clocking 3:57.48 for fifth place.

David Scouten threw the discus 164-5 for fifth place, while fellow senior Fred Fulton came in sixth at 163-8.

On the women's side, Jessica Harrison competed in a pair of events on Friday. She came in third in the javelin with a mark of 98-8 and long jumped a season-best 16-3.25 for fourth place.

Mariel Finger paced the Lady Flames' pole vault crew with a sixth-place finish, making it over 11-10.75. Meanwhile, Audrey Rabe's outdoor-best clearance of 11-5 was good for ninth place in the competition.