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Host Flames Win 11 Liberty Twilight Qualifier Events

May 1, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty honored its seniors during Wednesday's meet.
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On Lynchburg's warmest day of 2019 to date, the host Flames burned up the track during the Liberty Twilight Qualifier, Wednesday at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex. Liberty won 11 different events on the day, including four by seniors on Senior Day.

Senior Alejandro Perlaza Zapata rolled to victory in the men's 400 in 46.19 and later posted a 45.11-second anchor leg as the Flames came from behind to defeat Hampton in the 4 x 400 relay in 3:10.58. He was joined on the relay by another senior (Michael Todd) along with Nathanial Kirk and Jahquez Durham.

Senior Greg Edwards helped Liberty sweep the men's relays, as he was part of the Flames' first-place 4 x 100 squad which clocked 41.82. The other relay legs included Jonathan Doss, Elijah Pierson and Durham.

Liberty's final senior victory came courtesy of Jonny Saintil with a 48-8 triple jump effort.

Freshmen also stood out, winning four events of their own and setting a pair of Liberty freshman records. Rookie Makenzy Mizera was a double winner, taking first place in the women's long jump (19-9.5) and triple jump (40-4.75). Her long jump effort took down the freshman standard of 19-6.25 set by Liberty Athletics Hall of Famer Danielle McNaney in 2002.

Freshman Mackenzie Hainley took top honors in the women's javelin (season-best 138-4), while freshmen (Naomi Bowser, Jessica Rogers and Calli Parlier) comprised three-fourths of the victorious women's 4 x 400 relay quartet (4:04.93). Sophomore Heidi Smith completed the winning squad.

Jada Thomas improved upon her own Liberty freshman standard in the women's 100 hurdles twice on Wednesday, with a preliminary time of 13.81 and her runner-up 13.72 clocking in the final.

Named ASUN Men's Field Athlete of the Week earlier in the day, Kyle Mitchell won the men's shot put (60-5) and claimed third place with a personal-best 166-3 discus effort.

Liberty's other two victories came in two very different fashions. Chelsea Igberaese's 170-9 mark outdistanced the women's discus field by 15.5 feet. Conversely, Jeremy Davis pulled out a men's long jump victory by one centimeter with a 23-6.25 leap in round six.

Tanner Ealum punched her NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round ticket in the women's 800 for the second straight year with a personal-best 2:06.65 clocking. She finished a close second and was one of three runners to eclipse the facility record of 2:07.95 which had stood since 2004.

No Liberty school records fell on Wednesday, but Ty'Asia Dansbury (women's 100), Ealum (women's 800), Mizera (women's long jump) and Thomas (women's 100 hurdles) all now rank No. 2 all-time for the Lady Flames in their respective events.

Just nine days before the start of the 2019 ASUN Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Liberty recorded six new conference-leading marks on Wednesday. These included the aforementioned performances by Ealum (women's 800), Hainley (women's javelin), Mizera (women's long jump) and Thomas (women's 100 hurdles) along with the 100 dash times posted by Elijah Pierson (personal-best 10.58) and Dansbury (personal-best 11.68).

Women's Event Winners
Mackenzie Hainley – Javelin – 138-4
Chelsea Igberaese – Discus – 170-9
Makenzy Mizera – Long Jump – 19-9.5
Makenzy Mizera – Triple Jump – 40-4.75
Naomi Bowser, Heidi Smith, Jessica Rogers, Calli Parlier – 4 x 400 – 4:04.93

Men's Event Winners
Jeremy Davis – Long Jump – 23-6.25
Alejandro Perlaza Zapata – 400 - 46.19
Kyle Mitchell – Shot Put – 60-5
Jonny Saintil – Triple Jump – 48-8
Jonathan Doss, Elijah Pierson, Greg Edwards, Jahquez Durham – 4 x 100 – 41.82
Nathanial Kirk, Jahquez Durham, Michael Todd, Alejandro Perlaza Zapata – 4 x 400 – 3:10.58

Other Women's Top 3 Finishers
2nd – Ty'Asia Dansbury – 100 – 11.68
2nd – Tanner Ealum – 800 – 2:06.65
2nd – Adrianna Mitchell – Triple Jump – 39-7.75
2nd – Jada Thomas – 100 Hurdles – 13.72 (1st collegiate finisher)
2nd – Natalee Cole, Faith Sheehan, Shelby Henke, Kathryn Doherty – 4 x 400 – 4:07.84
3rd – Fiona Barnes – Long Jump – 19-1.25
3rd – Noel Palmer – 1,500 – 4:41.12
3rd – Savannah Pidkaminy – Javelin – 124-0
3rd – Marvalyn Vernon – Hammer – 177-0
3rd – Alexis Wilson, Faith Sheehan, Leah Plummer, Shelby Henke – 4 x 100 – 49.77

Other Men's Top 3 Finishers
2nd – Michael Todd – 800 – 1:50.24 (lost by 4 thousandths of a second)
3rd – Kyle Mitchell – Discus – 166-3

Women's Record Breakers
Freshman Record – Long Jump – Makenzy Mizera – 19-9.5
Old Record – 19-6.25 by Danielle McNaney in 2002

Freshman Record – 100 Hurdles – Jada Thomas – 13.72
Old Record – 13.81 by Thomas during Wednesday's prelims

New Women's NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifiers
Tanner Ealum – 800 – 2:06.65

Updates to Liberty's All-Time Women's Top 10 List
800 – No. 2 – Tanner Ealum – 2:06.65
Long Jump – No. 2 – Makenzy Mizera – 19-9.5
100 Hurdles – No. 2 – Jada Thomas – 13.72
100 – Tie for No. 2 – Ty'Asia Dansbury – 11.68
Triple Jump – No. 6 – Makenzy Mizera – 40-4.75
Hammer – No. 7 – Marvalyn Vernon – 177-0
Long Jump – Tie for No. 7 – Fiona Barnes – 19-1.25
Javelin – No. 9 – Mackenzie Hainley – 138-4
Hammer – No. 10 – Naomi Mojica – 168-5

Up Next
Liberty will make its first-ever appearance at the ASUN Outdoor Track & Field Championships, May 10-11 in Jacksonville, Fla. The meet will take place at North Florida's Hodges Stadium, which will later play host to the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, May 23-25.