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Mitchell Claims Victory in Bobcat Invite Shot Put

March 30, 2019  San Marcos, Texas  RSS
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First-year Flame Kyle Mitchell threw a personal-best 59-2.75 to win the Bobcat Invitational men's shot put crown.

First-year Flame Kyle Mitchell threw a personal-best 59-2.75 to win the Bobcat Invitational men's shot put crown.

Liberty sophomore Kyle Mitchell captured the Bobcat Invitational men's shot put title on Saturday, thanks to a personal-best 59-2.75 effort on his sixth and final attempt.

The only Flame to compete in San Marcos this weekend, Mitchell produced a then season-best mark of 57-10.25 in round four. However, he needed a big final round throw to overtake North Dakota State's Michael Keogan for the victory.

Mitchell added 10 inches to his previous personal best of 58-4.5, established last season while competing for Kansas State. He now ranks No. 3 on Liberty's all-time list after becoming only the third Flame ever to exceed 18 meters (18.05 to be exact) outdoors.

The Jamaica native joins some elite company, as only 20 NCAA Division I men's shot putters had heaved the shot put 18 meters this season, entering the weekend.

Saturday's competition marked only the fifth time Mitchell has thrown the shot put in a Liberty uniform. He has recorded top-five finishes during all five competitions but this marked his first victory as a Flame.

Men's Event Winners
Kyle Mitchell – Shot Put – 59-2.75

Updates to Liberty's All-Time Men's Top 10 List
Shot Put – No. 3 – Kyle Mitchell – 59-2.75

Up Next
After taking next weekend off from competition, Liberty will divide its athletes between three different meets the weekend of April 12-13. These include the Gamecock Invitational (Columbia, S.C.), Tennessee Relays (Knoxville, Tenn.) and WildCat Invitational (Lynchburg, Va.)