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Flames, Lady Flames Top ASUN Standings After Record-Breaking Friday

February 22, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Lady Flames celebrate their victory and school record in the women's distance medley relay.

The Lady Flames celebrate their victory and school record in the women's distance medley relay.

Host Liberty made quite an opening impression on its first-ever day of competition at the ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships, Friday at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex. The Flames and Lady Flames both top the ASUN team standings after winning five of the day's 11 events, breaking two meet records and setting a pair of school records.

Through six men's events, Liberty leads seven-time defending champion Kennesaw State by a 79-41 count. Meanwhile, the Lady Flames own a 12-point lead (52-40) over Jacksonville through five women's events. The Dolphins are the defending ASUN champions and have captured 12 of 13 women's titles in meet history.

Liberty's sophomore shot put duo of Jose Ballivian (men's shot put, season-best 58-8.5) and Naomi Mojica (women's shot put, season-best 49-5) dominated their respective competitions and each took down meet records in the process. Ballivian's strongest competition came from classmate Kyle Mitchell. The Kansas State transfer threw 56-1.25 for second place in his Flames debut, marking one of the Flames' four new IC4A qualifications on the day.

The Lady Flames closed out the opening day in style with a dramatic victory in the women's distance medley relay. Calli Parlier came from behind late in the race to overtake North Florida for the win and clinch a school-record time of 11:42.30. Liberty's record-breaking splits included a 3:41.23 1,200-meter leg from Naomi Bowser, a 54.18 400-meter leg from Tanner Ealum, a 2:12.62 800-meter leg from Delaney McDowell and a 4:54.26 1,600-meter anchor leg from Parlier. The relay squad was one of Liberty's four new ECAC qualifiers on Friday.

Liberty's first-ever ASUN event victory came in unlikely fashion. Competing in just the third long jump of his collegiate career, sophomore Branson Rolle catapulted from fourth place to first with his sixth-round leap of 23-4. His IC4A-qualifying performance came on a busy day where the Bahamas native also finished as the men's high jump runner-up (6-7.5) and qualified for the men's 60 hurdles final.

Reilly Stroot was the class of the men's pole vault competition, claiming his first conference title with a clearance at 15-7.25.

Freshman Makenzy Mizera took down a long-standing record while placing third in the women's long jump. Her top effort of 19-1.5 broke Gina Gibson's standard of 19-1.25 from 1985, set 15 years before Mizera was born.

Mizera's effort represented one of two new Liberty freshmen records set on Friday, as Jada Thomas lowered her own women's 60 hurdles mark to 8.66 during the event prelims.

Kylie Polsgrove finished as the pentathlon runner-up with the No. 2 score in program history, 3,835. The senior also came in fourth in the women's long jump and was one of four Lady Flames to reach the 60 hurdles final during a seven-event day.

Nick Doan successfully navigated 23 laps of the track Friday afternoon. He made a strong bid to win the men's 3K before finishing second in a personal-best time of 8:14.07. Two hours later, he anchored the team of Paul Squires, Michael Todd and Ally Kipchirchir to third place in the men's distance medley relay in an IC4A-qualifying 10:11.53.

Liberty is in good position through day one of the heptathlon competition, as the standings are currently topped by Flames Kysheen Myrick (2,776) and Jeremy Davis (2,696).

Men's Team Scores (Through 6 Events)
1) Liberty – 79
2) Kennesaw State – 41
3) North Florida – 36
4) Lipscomb – 16
5) NJIT – 13

Women's Team Scores (Through 5 Events)
1) Liberty – 52
2) Jacksonville – 40
3) Kennesaw State – 35
4) Lipscomb – 16
5) North Florida – 11
6) NJIT – 1

Men's ASUN Champions
Jose Ballivian – Shot Put – 58-8.5
Note: Won by more than 2.5 feet, recorded the five longest throws of the competition

Branson Rolle – Long Jump – 23-4
Note: Liberty's first-ever ASUN event champion

Reilly Stroot – Pole Vault – 15-7.25

Women's ASUN Champions
Naomi Bowser, Tanner Ealum, Delaney McDowell, Calli Parlier – DMR – 11:42.30

Naomi Mojica – Shot Put – 49-5
Note: Recorded the five longest throws of the competition

Other Men's Top 3 Finishers
2nd – Nick Doan – 3K – 8:14.07
2nd – Kyle Mitchell – Shot Put – 56-1.25
2nd – Branson Rolle – High Jump – 6-7.5
3rd – Jacob Burke – High Jump – 6-5.5
3rd – DMR – Paul Squires, Michael Todd, Ally Kipchirchir, Nick Doan – 10:11.53

Other Women's Top 3 Finishers
2nd – Noel Palmer – 3K – 10:00.23
2nd – Kylie Polsgrove – Pentathlon – 3,835
3rd – Makenzy Mizera – Long Jump – 19-1.5

Men's Record Breakers
Meet Record – Shot Put – Jose Ballivian – 58-8.5
Old Record: 57-3.75 by ETSU's Jarrod Burton in 2011

Women's Record Breakers
School Record – DMR – Naomi Bowser, Tanner Ealum, Delaney McDowell, Calli Parlier – 11:42.30
Old Record: 11:44.49 by Alyssa Karle, Ty'Asia Dansbury, Heidi Smith and Anna Van Wyk in 2018

School Record – Long Jump – Makenzy Mizera – 19-1.5
Old Record: 19-1.25 by Gina Gibson in 1985 (Liberty's oldest indoor record on the books)

Freshman Record – Long Jump – Makenzy Mizera – 19-1.5
Old Record: 19-0.25 by Charlene Hibbert in 2005

Meet Record – Shot Put – Naomi Mojica – 49-5
Old Record: 46-10.25 by Jacksonville's Hillary Crook in 2010

Freshman Record – 60 Hurdles – Jada Thomas – 8.66
Old Record: 8.69 by Thomas at the Hokie Invitational (Jan. 18)

New Men's IC4A Qualifiers
Kyle Mitchell – Shot Put – 56-1.25
Elijah Pierson – 60 – 6.90
Branson Rolle – Long Jump – 23-4
Paul Squires, Michael Todd, Ally Kipchirchir, Nick Doan – DMR – 10:11.53

New Women's ECAC Qualifiers
Katie Dodson – 60 Hurdles – 8.84
Alexis Rolan – 60 – 7.71
Alexis Wilson – 60 – 7.60
Naomi Bowser, Tanner Ealum, Delaney McDowell, Calli Parlier – DMR – 11:42.30

Updates to Liberty's All-Time Men's Top 10 List
Shot Put – No. 4 – Jose Ballivian – 58-8.5
3K – No. 5 – Nick Doan – 8:14.07
Shot Put – Tie for No. 6 – Kyle Mitchell – 56-1.25
60 – Tie for No. 8 – Elijah Pierson – 6.90

Updates to Liberty's All-Time Women's Top 10 List
DMR – No. 1 – Bowser, Ealum, McDowell, Parlier – 11:42.30
Pentathlon – No. 2 – Kylie Polsgrove – 3,835
60 – No. 4 – Alexis Wilson – 7.60
60 Hurdles – No. 5 – Jada Thomas – 8.66
Shot Put – No. 5 – Chelsea Igberaese – 45-4.25
High Jump – Tie for No. 10 – Abby Thorpe – 5-5.25

Heptathlon Scores (Through 4 Events, 7 Total Competitors)
1) Kysheen Myrick (Liberty) – 2,776
2) Jeremy Davis (Liberty) – 2,696
3) Pritinder Singh (NJIT) – 2,458
5) Caleb Rider (Liberty) – 2,259

Up Next
The 2019 ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships will wrap up with a full day of action on Saturday. The heptathlon 60-meter hurdles will get things started at 9:45 a.m. Field events will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the women's weight throw and women's pole vault. The men's mile will be the day's first running event final, set for a 12:30 p.m. start.

The day will conclude with an awards presentation at approximately 5:30 p.m.