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Flames Kick Off Competition In First Day At On Track Open

January 27, 2006  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty University opened up collegiate competition at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center today with the women's pentathlon and the beginning of the men's heptathlon along with four full events.

Competition continues tomorrow at the newly-finished Tolsma Indoor Track Center with a full slate of events, while the facility is scheduled to be officially dedicated at a ceremony held at the start-finish line at Noon.

The facility is named in honor of Liberty University Head Coach Brant Tolsma, who has guided the men's and women's track and field and cross country programs for the last 20 years. Along with building one of the more dominate track and field programs on the East Coast, Tolsma has helped the Flames capture 36 Big South Conference titles and had been named Big South Coach of the Year and an astonishing 27 times.

In the men's heptathlon, unattached competitor Chris Boyles leads after four events with 3,214 points, while Liberty's Brandon Hoskins is second with 2,979 points and Wake Forest's Michael Bingham is in third with 2,858 points.

Boyles placed first in the high jump (6'-11") and second in the long jump (22'-03.5"), while Hoskins won the long jump (22'-04.5") and finished second in the 60 meters (7.13). Bingham won the 60 meters (6.99) and was third in the shot put (11.36m).

Former Liberty standout Danielle McNaney won the women's pentathlon with 4,018 points, while current Lady Flame Arlene Zelinskas (3,375 points) and Virginia's Bianca Debartolo (3,140 points) finished in second and third, respectively.

McNaney won four of the five events on the day as she placed first in the 60-meter hurdles (8.76), high jump (5'-07.5"), shot put (11.78 meters) and the 800 meters (2:18.57). Zelinskas placed second in the 60-meter hurdles (9.00), high jump (5'-03.0") and in the 800 meters (2:31.73), while Debartolo finished second in the shot put (11.40m) and third in the 60-meter hurdles (9.13) and the long jump (16'-11.25").

Wake Forest won the women's distance medley with a time of 11:54.07, while Liberty finished second (12:14.61) and Hampton finished third (12:24.95). On the men's side, the Flames claimed victory in the men's distance medley with a time of 10:11.27, while Wake Forest (10:17.59) and Point of Fork Track Club (10:34.44) finished second and third, respectively.

In the 5,000 meters, Campbell's Aylse Nelson won on the women's side with a time of 18:46.54, while follow teammate Taylor Verrelle claimed victory in the men's 5,000 meters with a time of 15:21.84.