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Atkinson, Waters Win Saturday Events at Keydet Invitational

January 20, 2018  Lexington, Va.  RSS
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Carson Waters won the Keydet Invitational men's pole vault championship on Saturday.

Carson Waters won the Keydet Invitational men's pole vault championship on Saturday.

Liberty senior Carson Waters (men's pole vault) and redshirt sophomore Jovaine Atkinson (men's 60 hurdles) captured their respective event titles on Saturday, the second and final day of competition at the Keydet Invitational. Additionally, Lady Flame senior Dasiana Larson posted an ECAC qualifier in the women's shot put during the second meet ever contested at VMI's Corps Physical Training Facility

Men's Day Two Recap
One week after clearing 17-0.75 at the National Pole Vault Summit, Waters officially opened his senior campaign in impressive fashion. The Sunshine State native made it over 16-7.25, winning the men's pole vault competition by a foot over George Mason's John Seals and qualifying for the IC4A meet. Waters, who swept the 2017 Big South indoor and outdoor men's pole vault championships, now tops the 2018 conference performance list.

After clocking a school-record time of 7.75 during Friday's men's 60 hurdles prelims, Atkinson wrapped up victory in Saturday's event final in 7.84 seconds.

Senior team captain Darrel Jones took just two attempts in the men's long jump but ended up in eighth place overall with a 21-7.25 leap.

Women's Day Two Recap
Larson posted her second fourth-place finish of the meet thanks to an indoor personal-best shot put heave of 45-3. The Iowa native not only punched her ticket to the ECAC meet but took over the 2018 Big South Conference lead and catapulted to No. 2 on Liberty's all-time list.

Classmate Holly Arey added a seventh-place finish in the shot put, reaching 42-1.5.

Two-time defending Big South women's indoor 800 champion Delaney McDowell stepped up in distance to the mile on Saturday. Her personal-best 5:15.27 clocking was good for 12th place among the 42-runner field.

Bailey Reeves' 400 dash time of 59.86 placed her 13th out of 43 entrants and ranks No. 3 in the Big South this season.

Up Next
Liberty will open its four-meet home schedule with the 13th edition of the Liberty Kickoff. The invitational, which is expected to draw approximately 50 teams to the Liberty Indoor Track Complex, will take place Friday and Saturday.