Makenzy Mizera triple jumped a school-record 41-3.75 on the opening day of the 2020 indoor track season, Friday at the Virginia Tech Invitational.
Liberty sophomore Makenzy Mizera's school-record 41-3.75 triple jump headlined the Flames' opening day of the 2020 indoor track & field season at the Virginia Tech Invitational.
Other Friday highlights at Rector Field House included All-American hurdler Jovaine Atkinson's successful return to competition (second place in men's 60 hurdles, 7.85) and Christian Lyon clocking the Flames' fastest 300 time in 33 years (33.69) during his Liberty debut.
Prior to Friday, Mizera's indoor triple jump personal best stood at 39-10. She then proceeded to reach 39-10.75 in round one, 40-3.5 in round two and 41-3.75 in the sixth and final round. That mark placed her behind only Tennessee All-American Alonie Sutton in Friday's competition.
Mizera took down the Liberty record of 41-0.5 which was set by Janae Jones at the 2017 Big South Championship and improved upon her own lifetime best of 41-2.25 achieved outdoors with a significant tailwind. Mizera now owns the Liberty women's indoor long jump (19-1.5) and triple jump records.
After missing the entire 2019 outdoor campaign due to injury, Atkinson recorded his two fastest men's 60 hurdles times since placing fourth in the 2018 NCAA Division I final. The redshirt senior clocked the fastest preliminary time (7.89) before being edged for victory in the final by Pitt's Shyheim Wright, 7.84 to 7.85.
Freshman Felix Lawrence followed in eighth place in the men's 60 hurdles final in 8.16 during his collegiate debut, claiming the No. 5 spot in program history.
Lyon, who had redshirted the 2019 indoor and outdoor seasons after transferring from Barton Community College, successfully stepped up to the 300-meter distance during his first race as a Flame. He finished fourth in 33.69, trailing only Willie Parker's school record of 33.40 from Jan. 16, 1987.
Two other transfers joined Liberty's all-time top 10 lists during their Flames debuts on Friday, including Ryan Drew in the men's 1,000 (No. 9, 2:28.36) and Anna Hostetler in the women's 3K (No. 9, 9:58.02).
In the final women's event of the evening, Cortney Strohman sped to a 300-meter personal best of 39.82, trailing only Chenoa Freeman's 39.55 effort from 2008 in school history. Teammate Alexis Rolan ran 40.59 for No. 6 in Liberty annals.
Women's Top 3 Finishers 2nd – Makenzy Mizera – Triple Jump – 41-3.75
Men's Top 3 Finishers 2nd – Jovaine Atkinson – 60 Hurdles – 7.85
Women's Record Breakers School Record – Triple Jump – Makenzy Mizera – 41-3.75 Old Record: 41-0.5 by Janae Jones at the 2017 Big South Championship
Other Updates to Liberty's All-Time Women's Top 10 List 300 – No. 2 – Cortney Strohman – 39.82 300 – No. 6 – Alexis Rolan – 40.59 3K – No. 9 – Anna Hostetler – 9:58.02
Updates to Liberty's All-Time Men's Top 10 List 300 – No. 2 – Christian Lyon – 33.69 60 Hurdles – No. 5 – Felix Lawrence – 8.16 1,000 – No. 9 – Ryan Drew – 2:28.36
Up Next The second and final day of the Virginia Tech Invitational will begin Saturday at 11 a.m. with the women's high jump and seeded women's pole vault. Running events will get started at 1 p.m., and the women's 400 dash is the first scheduled event on the oval.