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Palmer, Janes Break Records in Raleigh

March 29, 2019  Raleigh, N.C.  RSS
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Noel Palmer clocked a women's 10K school-record time of 33:56.67 on Friday.

Noel Palmer clocked a women's 10K school-record time of 33:56.67 on Friday.

Record-breaking performances by Liberty's Noel Palmer and Anders Janes headlined a full day of action, Friday at the Raleigh Relays. Palmer's 33:56.67 clocking took down the women's 10K school record while Janes' 16-7.5 pole vault clearance at Paul Derr Track established a new Liberty freshman record.

Running the first 10K of her sophomore season Friday night, Palmer slashed 45 seconds off her previous personal best to place ninth overall (seventh collegiate finisher) in the event's invitational section. Her 33:56.67 effort bettered the previous mark of 34:00.60 set by Ashley Osborne at Stanford on May 1, 2010.

With Friday's performance, Palmer qualified for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet for the second straight year. She also continued the Lady Flames' tradition of success in the Raleigh Relays 10K.

Seven of the top 10 women's 10K runners in program history have clocked their career-best times at Raleigh, also including Greer Wilson, who improved to No. 7 all-time at Liberty with a 36:13.41 effort during Friday night's final race. The Australia native ran 29 seconds faster than her previous 10K best.

Like Palmer and Wilson, redshirt freshman Janes made a big breakthrough on Friday. The Minnesota native added seven inches to his previous best, winning the college section of the men's pole vault with a 16-7.5 clearance. His effort eclipsed All-American Kolby Shepherd's Liberty freshman record of 16-6.75, set on March 22, 2008 and ranks No. 8 in program history.

Janes continued his rapid progression in the pole vault after arriving at Liberty with a 14-4 personal best. He also qualified for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet with Friday's performance.

Senior Azaria Kirwa was the third Flame to punch his NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round ticket at Raleigh on Friday, thanks to his 14:04.70 clocking in the men's 5K. The 2017 NCAA national qualifier in the event posted the 16th-fastest time among the 152 men who contested the 5K in Raleigh.

Running in an earlier section of the 5K, both Felix Kandie (14:36.14) and Augostine Lisoreng (14:52.70) posted new personal bests. Kandie's time lopped 22 seconds off the sophomore's previous best.

Nick Doan raced to a time of 9:06.16 in his men's steeplechase season debut, recording the 17th-fastest clocking out of 62 competitors in the event on Friday.

Freshmen Joe Spitzer (3:55.87) and Naomi Bowser (4:38.88) each improved their 1,500-meter personal-best times by five seconds to pace the Flames' mid-distance runners.

Despite facing a headwind, Jaiden Mulder equaled her season-best time (14.40) in the women's 100 hurdles, winning her heat and finishing eighth of 56 hurdlers on the day.

Men's Event Winners
Anders Janes – Pole Vault (College Section) – 16-7.5

Women's Record Breakers
School Record – 10K – Noel Palmer – 33:56.67
Old Record: 34:00.60 by Ashley Osborne in 2010

Men's Record Breakers
Freshman Record – Pole Vault – Anders Janes – 16-7.5
Old Record: 16-6.75 by Kolby Shepherd in 2008

New Women's NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifiers
Noel Palmer – 10K – 33:56.67

New Men's NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifiers
Anders Janes – Pole Vault – 16-7.5
Azaria Kirwa – 5K – 14:04.70

Updates to Liberty's All-Time Women's Top 10 List
10K – No. 1 – Noel Palmer – 33:56.67
10K – No. 7 – Greer Wilson – 36:13.41

Updates to Liberty's All-Time Men's Top 10 List
Pole Vault – No. 8 – Anders Janes – 16-7.5

Up Next
The Flames will return to action at the Raleigh Relays on Saturday, starting with Marvalyn Vernon in the women's hammer at 9:45 a.m.

Liberty will also wrap up its stay at the Texas Relays on Saturday. The Flames' first event of the day will be Section B of the women's discus, featuring Chelsea Igberaese and beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern.