Kylie Polsgrove is the 2018 ECAC pentathlon runner-up.
Junior Kylie Polsgrove helped Liberty get off to a fast start at the 2018 IC4A and ECAC Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday, finishing second in the ECAC pentathlon. Meanwhile, Flames sophomore Markus Ballengee sits in third place in the IC4A heptathlon competition after the opening day of action at the Boston University Track & Tennis Center.
Polsgrove's eight team points put the Lady Flames in second place after one ECAC event, trailing only UMass (10 points).
One week after winning the Big South pentathlon title, Polsgrove scored a personal-best 3,702 points in Boston. That put the Newland, N.C., native just 73 points behind ECAC champion Bridget Deveau of UMass in a competition where the top five finishers were all juniors. Polsgrove continued her upward trajectory in the ECAC pentathlon standings, after finishing eighth in 2016 and fifth a year ago.
Polsgrove won two of the day's five events, including the high jump (indoor personal-best 5-6.5) and long jump (17-6.25). Her other marks included 8.93 in the 60 hurdles, 34-4.75 in the shot put and 2:27.88 in the 800.
Ballengee totaled 2,925 points during Friday's quartet of events, leaving him just 25 behind day one leader Darryl Workcuff of Mount St. Mary's. Ballengee got stronger as the competition went on, recording the third-best shot put (43-0.25) of the day and tying for the second-best high jump clearance (6-4).
Big South heptathlon runner-up Jeremy Davis ranks ninth at this stage of the competition with 2,687 points. Competing in just his third heptathlon, Davis was the second-fastest 60-meter sprinter of the day (7.07) and recorded a career-best 5-8.75 high jump clearance.
Up Next The three-day IC4A and ECAC Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships will get going in earnest on Saturday. The day's events will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the IC4A heptathlon 60-meter hurdles.